Infertility is a systemic health issue that many couples do not understand and have a hard time talking about. When a woman is ready to conceive, her heart is passionately involved because she has committed all her love to courageously bringing new life into the world. When she struggles to conceive, she feels inadequate.
A woman’s ability to conceive relies on a well-functioning endocrine system that naturally regulates a delicate balance of hormones within the body. With so many industrial toxins and endocrine disrupting chemicals warring against her natural chemistry inside, hormone levels can be disrupted, suppressed, or artificially increased, sending conflicting messages and changing how the glands function altogether.
The gland exclusive to her gender, the ovaries, rely on a natural balance of progesterone and three estrogens, estradiol, estrone, and estriol. The right balance of these hormones is necessary for healthy development during puberty and to ensure healthy fertility.
Likewise, her pituitary gland secretes a hormone called prolactin, which not only regulates metabolism, the immune system and pancreatic development, but it is also responsible for mating, nursing, estrogen production, and the all-important function of ovulation. Due to external factors, some women have high levels of prolactin, preventing them from conceiving.
Her exposure to pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and industrial pollutants is a major risk factor harming her fertility because these elements interfere with natural hormone balance. In conjunction with these external chemical factors, are emotional stressors. The more she fights to conceive with no results, the more her emotions are strained, further restricting her.
Acupuncture is safer, twice as effective for restoring fertility than current drugs
Women who are looking to conceive should consider acupuncture treatments. Chinese researchers are discovering powerful ways to “jumpstart” the meridians on a woman’s body to accelerate the process of natural hormone balancing in her body. Acupuncture techniques can be applied more effectively than drugs to boost fertility with no negative results or side effects. Acupuncture is a healing art derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Acupuncture involves the application of fine needles, inserted at specific locations on the body, to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.
An investigation led by Dr. Zhiguang Hu at the Mawangdui Hospital in Hunan Province finds that acupuncture techniques can increase a woman’s chances of pregnancy by 43.3 percent. In the study, acupuncture was twice more effective than pharmaceutical treatments. The women benefited the most when given a 30 minute acupuncture session each day during their menstrual cycle.
The researchers noted that acupuncture had a “significant advantage” over the pharmaceutical method because the drugs had a “high adverse effect rate”. At least 63 percent of women using the fertility drugs experienced problematic side effects. There were no problems with acupuncture, and the healing art proved to be twice as effective for normalizing hormone levels, helping women ovulate.
Lead researcher, Dr. Zhiguang Hu said, “One important mechanism responsible for the fertility treatment success with acupuncture is hormonal regulation.”
In fact, within two weeks acupuncture helped normalize the body’s prolactin levels. Dr. Hu said that acupuncture stimulated a “faster homeostatic response for prolactin production in women with hyperprolactinemia.” Women with hyperprolactinemia have abnormally high levels of prolactin. Too much prolactin interferes with a woman’s menstrual cycle and causes issues with reproduction. IVF treatments, including bromocriptine, or bromocriptine plus clomiphene, showed some results in four weeks, but caused lingering negative effects.
Dr. Hu concludes, “Overall there is wealth of information indicating that acupuncture is successful in promoting reproductive health. Pregnancy rates increase accompanied by measurable improvements in hormonal regulation.”
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