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Acupuncture Infertility

 Cultivate the soil before planting the seed.

While infertility may appear to be the core problem, it is actually the manifestation of a deeper underlying imbalance. Through our approach of creating a healthy and fertile body, we correct the imbalance and leave it to the body to do what it was created to do: live in vitality and be fertile. Our overall goal is to prepare the body for conception and pregnancy.

Architects will tell you that the foundation is the most important aspect of a building or a home.

Much like everything in life, the key to successful conception is also a strong foundation. While it is important to live a healthy lifestyle once you have conceived, it is even more important to do so during the 3 months leading up to conception, since this period will determine the health of the sperm and egg that will eventually become your child.

There exists a Chinese parable about "cultivating the soil before you plant the seed." This parable with respect to infertility is one of the cornerstones of our approach. It can be better appreciated by using the following example.

You have a very healthy plant growing in a healthy pot of nutrient rich soil. You also have an unhealthy-sickly looking plant that is shriveling up in poor quality overly dried soil. You switch the two plants from their respective pots and you place the shriveled plant in the healthy, moist soil and you maintain the soil by watering and adding nutrients to it. You place the healthy plant in the dried up soil and you neglect it so the soil remains dry and lacking nutrients.

What do you think would happen to the two plants?

There is a good chance that the healthy plant will begin to shrivel and die in the poor soil and the sick plant will recover in the nutrient rich soil.

We learn from this story that the health of the plant is dependent on the quality of the soil. At our clinic we concern ourselves with cultivating your soil. We do this by creating a healthy and optimum body environment in each couple, which optimizes the quality of the egg and sperm at conception, as well as providing a blood rich uterine lining favorable for implantation and for nourish a growing fetus for the full 9 months.

Research on Acupuncture and Infertility


First, and most importantly, is the patient pregnant?


Acupuncture Treatment


Infertility is usually related to a Kidney deficiency or Liver Qi stagnation (too anxious to get pregnant). Phlegm-Damp, or Blood Stasis sometimes also play a role. Whatever the problem, the manifestation is a disruption of the Ren and Chong Mai resulting in infertility.


Kidney Yang deficiency

low abdomen feels cold, low libido, frequent copious urination, thin watery vaginal discharge, T- swollen pale, P- deep thin.

P/T warm Kidney Yang to expel cold and warm uterus

Acupuncture Moxa, Ren, Du, *Ren 4, *Du 4, *BL 23, Ren 7 (Ren and Chong meeting point), Zigong

  • frequent nocturesis- SP 6

Kidney Yin deficiency

Acupuncture Tonify or sedate, no moxa, Ren, foot Shaoyin, Ren 4, KI 3, KI 13, SP 6, BL 23, ST 36


generally overweight, vaginal discharge is thick, menses are scanty pale, nausea, chest fullness, slow cloudy thinker

P/T strengthen Spleen, eliminate Phlegm-Damp

Acupuncture moxa, neutral, Ren, foot Yangming, ST 36, ST 40, KI 4, ST 30, Ren 3

  • delayed menses- SP 8
  • large amounts of leukorrhea- BL 32

Liver Qi stagnation

patient displays more menstrual problems (PMS, breast distension, irritability, mood swings), internalized emotions such as self pressure, tough on oneself, worried about getting pregnant

P/T soothe Liver, strengthen Spleen, regulate Chong and Ren

 Acupuncture mild moxa, foot Jueyin, BL 18, Ren 6, KI 13, SP 6, LR 3

  • hypochondriac pain- GB 34
  • abdominal distension- ST 25

Blood Stasis

fibroids, cysts, has had abortions, long term dysmonorrhea, endometriosis, big clots with dark purple color, may have pain other than at menstruation

P/T promote circulation, remove Stasis

Acupuncture Ren, foot Taiyin, BL 17 & SP 10, SP 8, Ren 3

  • low abdominal pain- BL 32


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