Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and can improve fertility by restoring balance. However, if you continue to eat foods that expose you to toxins and promote inflammation, the benefits of acupuncture are reduced over time. Thus, embracing a “ fertility diet ” maximizes the benefits of acupuncture for fertility.
Acupuncture works to improve uterine lining; increase blood flow to the uterus; help regulate hormones and reduce stress caused by fertility issues. The practice does so by restoring the free flow of energy throughout one’s body and organs. In contrast, stagnation can cause imbalances which impact fertility.
One bodily organ that may suffer from stagnation is the kidney. The kidney system is essential in reproductive processes according to TCM. A fertility diet consistent with TCM principles help restore balance to the reproductive system. For example, eating proteins, such as chicken, duck, eggs, seeds or nuts improve the free flow of energy to the kidney.
Another consideration in terms of restoring balance is reducing toxins in the body that cause inflammation. Inflammation can lead to reduced fertility. By eliminating major sources of inflammation in the body, acupuncture and a fertility diet can improve one’s fertility. One way to rid the body of toxins is striving to eat organically and avoiding processed foods. Acupuncture can also help rid the body of toxins by improving circulation and digestion.
The appropriate intake of carbohydrates and protein are also important in a fertility diet. Too many carbohydrates raise blood sugar, which may affect your hormone balance. Too much protein hinders digestion and thus can cause a build-up of toxins in the body. Eating whole green foods is also important for restoring balance in the body. They contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that improve, repair and protect your cellular metabolism.
Acupuncture has proven to be effective in improving the success rates of fertility treatments; however, combined with a fertility diet, it has also had dramatic success in controlling the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a major cause of infertility in women. Also, combining both elements of TCM and a change in diet improves the regularity of menstrual cycles, which can also help women ovulate more consistently.
Another part of a fertility diet is minimizing sugar consumption, which is a factor in PCOS symptoms. Limiting processed foods is one way to control your sugar intake. If you eat whole foods that are organic you will have less issues with hormone imbalances that cause infertility.
It is important to note that depending on your system and where the free flow of your energy is blocked in your body, different foods can help improve your fertility. Thus, going to someone who practices TCM is important for having a tailored fertility diet that is most appropriate for particular issues. Working with an acupuncturist who is informed about the benefits of a fertility diet is the best way to improve the functioning of the whole body.
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