Numerous holistic therapies are available to treat infertility experienced by some couples. Find out the therapies that can help you treat infertility and improve your well-being!
Infertility is a condition in the reproductive system that impairs the body's ability to reproduce. In a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is revealed that 6.7 million women in the United States experience impaired fecundity or the inability to have a child.
This kind of condition can result in decreased self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and helplessness for couples. Medical practitioners continuously look for solutions to the growing cases of infertility through the assisted reproductive technology (ART). However, these procedures don't guarantee a hundred percent conception.
Some women who tried natural therapies had good reports, especially in their well-being. The stress that is frequently associated with fertility treatments like IVF and other assistant reproductive techniques (ART) is reduced after undergoing natural therapies.
Therapies to Treat Infertility
Here are some available therapies that you can choose to treat infertility:
Acupuncture helps the energy to flow through the body's meridians.
Acupuncture comes from traditional Chinese medicine with the principle that energy flows through the body's meridians. A tiny needle is injected to stimulate the pathways, causing the energy to flow.
Neuroscience believes that acupuncture works by mediating the release of the chemicals that send messages from the brain, known as neurotransmitters, affecting the reproductive hormones and organs. It also stimulates blood flow in the uterus that makes embryo implantation possible. Aside from that, the procedure also boosts the productions of chemicals that inhibit stress hormone levels.
The World Health Organization (WHO) listed the conditions that acupuncture can treat. Some of them are high blood and low pressure, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, gastric conditions like poetic ulcers, painful periods, dysentery, allergic rhinitis, rheumatoid arthritis, morning sickness, sprains, dental pain, tennis elbow, and sciatica.
Counseling is one of the approaches applied in naturopathy.
Naturopathy is an alternative medicine that promotes self-healing. It evolved from the combination of traditional practices and health care approaches. The common approaches that naturopathic practitioners apply are dietary and lifestyle changes, stress reduction, herbs, and other dietary supplements, homeotherapy, manipulative therapies, detoxification, and counseling.
By applying natural treatments, naturopathy helps men in optimizing sperm motility, morphology, overall counts, and DNA fragmentation rates. For women, it regulates the menstrual cycle, balances the nuances of the cycle, and improves egg quality.
Aside from treating fertility, naturopathy also stimulates positive thinking, lowers stress, improves overall health, enhances outlook, boosts optimism, improves one's ability to cope with health issues.
Herbal Medicines and supplements
Herbal medicines help in promoting endometrial receptivity in the uterus.
Herbal medicines usually come from the roots, stems, flowers, barks, and seeds of the plants. They are made into capsules, tablets, and ointments. Though they are natural, they have powerful compounds so it is very important to consult fertility specialists, naturopaths, and herbalists in what kinds of herbs to take.
Researchers showed that Chinese herbal medicine increases the success rate of ART from 33% to 60%. Other researchers encouraged the integration of Chinese herbal medicine with surgery to promote faster healing and recovery.
According to studies, Chinese herbal medicine promotes endometrial receptivity in the uterus, stimulates ovulated inhibition, treats ovary failure, and raises hormonal levels. It also elevates ovulation rate, treats fallopian tube obstruction, treats PCOS, reduces miscarriage, and regulates immunology disorder.
The most common herbs that are used to treat infertility are chaste berry tree, maca, cinnamon, Tribulus Terrestris, black cohosh, licorice, ashwagandha, evening primrose oil, Shatavari, castor oil, damiana, milk thistle, white peony, and Dong Quai.
Meditation alleviates stress by turning away the attention from distracting thoughts to the present moments.
Meditation is a therapy that trains the mind to achieve relaxation. It helps alleviate stress by turning away the attention from the distracting thoughts and focusing more on the present moment. There are different types of fertility meditations such as mindfulness, visualizations, and mantras.
To master mindfulness is to focus on the body, thoughts, feelings, and breathing. It increases your awareness of your emotions and detaches yourself when necessary which results in clearer judgments and greater compassion. Moreover, it rebalances the system to return to a place of equilibrium.
Another kind of meditation is visualization. It is the practice of envisioning what you want to develop that will lead to a positive and hopeful mindset. One of the practices si visualizing yourself to have a baby bump and picturing your baby in your womb then holding the baby for the first time. It helps in promoting a fertile body and mind.
There is also mantra meditation. It is performed by repeating mantras that help the mind to have a positive outlook. By using positive words with intention, the body creates a softening heart.
Other kinds of therapies are hypnotherapy, mindful activities, and writing gratitudes that will help you in your fertility journey.
Dr. Yaron Seidman DAOM