As practitioners of Chinese Medicine, we view infertility as an imbalance of Qi and blood affecting one or more of the organ systems. In studies reviewed by Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York*, researchers concluded that Acupuncture helps to:
- Increase blood flow to the uterus to improve the chances of ovum implantation.
- Reduce anxiety and stress that may significantly decrease fertility.
- Normalize the hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, especially if Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is an issue.
- Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis that plays a key role in fertility.
- Regulate the menstrual cycle.
To conceive and have a healthy pregnancy, you must have a free flow of Qi and blood throughout the body. An adequate supply of blood is required by a woman’s body to sustain a normal menstrual cycle, to successfully implant an embryo within the uterine lining, and to support a growing fetus and a healthy pregnancy.
Through Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, we can raise your fertility potential by affecting the quality, quantity, balance, and flow of Qi and blood.
Treatment of infertility with Chinese Medicine dates back 2000 years with techniques that improve fertility rates and support a woman’s whole body, unlocking unlimited potential for health, healing and childbearing.
Dry skin, eyes, and hair
Tends to be constipated
Often feels hot: flushes easily, night sweats
Short cycles or light periods
Often restless, fidgety, jumpy, or anxious
Estrogen and progesterone imbalances, particularly estrogen
Poor response to stimulation drugs
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) name for this type is kidney “yin” deficiency. Yin describes the functions of the body that are cooling, nourishing, moistening, and substantial. Without enough yin, the body gets hotter and dries out. This is reflected in low estrogen levels, thinner uterine lining, and less cervical fluid. Yin naturally depletes with age, but some people use up their yin faster with energy-consuming lifestyle choices: not enough sleep, eating poorly, and exercising in short, intense bursts.
Consume nutrient-rich foods: dark leafy greens, soy products
(for phytoestrogens), healthy fats
Avoid alcohol and spicy foods
Avoid excessive aerobic exercise: try yoga, tai chi, or qi gong
Essential fatty acids
Often feels weak or lethargic
Prone to getting sick
Gets out of breath and sweats easily, gains weight
Prone to bloating, gas, and loose stools
Low sex drive
Short luteal phase
Feels cold: hands, feet
Luteal phase defect
This type is called kidney “yang” deficiency in TCM, and reflects a broader hormonal imbalance going beyond reproductive hormones and encompassing the thyroid, adrenals, and pituitary gland. Weakness in these systems affects metabolism, circulation, and thus reproduction.
More animal Protein
Avoid raw and cold foods
Alcohol in moderation
Consume warming soups and stews, and spices: cinnamon,
ginger, cayenne, turmeric, cardamom, cloves, cumin
Regular moderate exercise
Chromium (boosts metabolism by enhancing the action of insulin)
Chasteberry (helps sustain post-ovulatory progesterone)
Nails chip easily
Lighter or missed periods
Trouble falling asleep; tired
Undernourished (vegetarians and vegans are often Pale)
Pale people are considered to have blood deficiency, which can reflect anemia or more minor undernourishment. The blood nourishes the endometrium, making it a welcoming, healthy home for an embryo. Sometimes blood deficiency is caused by anemia, but it can also be caused by poor diet or heavy periods.
Regular meals of nutritional foods
Iron from plant and animal sources
Foods rich in vitamin C (to help the absorption of iron)
Lots of plant and/or animal protein
Wheat grass or liquid chlorophyll
Floradix (iron with herbs)
Stressed out, easily angered
Tension headaches, nervous stomach, high blood pressure, or muscle tightness
PMS Symptoms including breast tenderness and mood swings, painful periods, irregular cycles, clotted menstrual blood.
Mittelschmerz (pain during mid-cycle)
The tightness of the Stuck type stems from poor energy and blood flow throughout the body, or what is referred to as qi and blood stagnation. Over time, it can lead to stagnation in the reproductive system, which can cause ovulation problems and inflexible fallopian tubes. Blood stagnation can cause painful or stop-and-start periods, and can lead to reproductive system obstructions such as endometriosis, fibroids, polyps, and cysts.
Regular aerobic exercise
Plenty of fiber
Hot water with lemon in the morning
Avoid soy products
Zinc (especially premenstrual)
Problems metabolizing fluids (swelling, inflammation)
Painful joints, aching legs, or headaches.
carries excess weight
Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are common
Sinus and lung congestion, asthma, allergies
Chronic yeast infections
PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
PID (pelvic inflammatory disease)
This type is called “phlegm damp” in TCM, where the body produces excess fluids and mucus. Stagnant fluids lead to poor transitions, including the many tricky hormone shifts involved in the menstrual cycle, conception and implantation. This type might have excessive vaginal discharge or cervical inflammation, and my be prone to reproductive system obstructions.
Avoid alcohol, sweets, and greasy foods
Avoid soy, especially if you have endometriosis or fibroids
Keep your environment mold-free
Fertility types are discussed in full in Jill Blakeway’s book, “Making Babies”