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
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?
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
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
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
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
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