By Paul J.O'Brien B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Adv. Dip. OBB, Cert Clin. Med, Cert.CHM, M.AFPA, M.ETCMA, M.C.Th.A.
Infertility in Women is a comprehensive problem, that requires a comprehensive solution. This is why I recommend 13 Natural Fertility Treatments to Get You Pregnant. In Part 1, I introduced you to the First 3 treatments for infertility in women you NEED to get pregnant and stay pregnant. To summarise those top 3 from my natural infertility treatment approach:
In Part 2, I showed you why it is vitally important your methods for fixing infertility in women including:
And in Part 3, I showed you 3 more essential treatments for infertility in women I use in my clinic:
Now, as we come close to the end, I want to share with you the next 3 treatments for infertility in women I have used with my 1-on-1 coaching clients to get them pregnant and have the children they have longed for and deserve. In this part I'm going to tell you what time to go to bed for maximal fertility boosting, how to use simple kitchen ingredients to boost your fertility hormones, and how to easily boost blood flow to the ovaries and womb with one hand. Let's get to work...by first taking a nap :-D
Sleep quality and even position (yes there are optimal sleep positions for fertility and pregnancy) is an often overlooked fertility factor. But regular and sufficient sleep is a key component of a woman's fertility and addressing sleep MUST be a part of your treatments for infertility in women. Menstrual cycle irregularities and thus conception difficulties are more common in women doing shift work whose sleep patterns are broken (1,2). Even the amount of light in your bedroom can affect your fertility...I'm not joking! Light affects the hormone melatonin which in turn can disrupt our fertility hormones (3).
From a TCM point of view it is during our sleep we replenish our Yin (our mental and emotional energy, but also our egg nourishing hormones and blood!) we even have specific teachings in regards to optimal times to go to bed at (between 10pm and 10.30pm is good) (4), when the right time to wake up is (this may shock you) and what to do if your sleep is disturbed.
In addition certain sleep related symptoms, such as tossing and turning in your sleep and having to get up to go to the bathroom at night are significant of serious fertility imbalances and could indicate low progesterone among other factors.
As such I teach an entire sleep ritual designed to enhance your natural fertility through the body's own recuperative powers. It ensures you're in bed at the right time, get to be the right way, know where to put your phone, what to do drink before bed, what to read, how much light and what position you sleep in - if you're missing out on the development of a proper sleep ritual and a good night's sleep then you are missing out on one of the most important treatments for infertility in women.
Herbs. Herbs are amazing!!! They are so powerful and the right fertility herbs can transform a woman's health! Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine is a deeply complicated topic that requires years of study to truly comfortable in navigating. However, the beauty of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that the essential principles upon which it is based is easily communicable and can be understood quickly by everyone. With that in mind, let me introduce to the fascinating and incredibly beneficial world of Chinese Herbs.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine has been used in conjunction with Acupressure and Acupuncture or as a standalone treatment for thousands of years to help in the healing of physical and mental/emotional disorders. As one of the primary branches of Chinese medicine many people find herbs to be an excellent addition to their treatments, as they provide a quick and effective results when used skilfully, supporting and enhancing one’s health with no side effects.
Current medication and drugs promoted by the pharmaceutical industry for infertility in women focus mostly on proving a symptomatic band-aid as opposed to truly resolving a medical condition. These often are accompanied by short term side-effects that result in mood disturbances, depression, pain, bloating, tenderness, vicious headache, nausea and more. Worse still we don't know the long term effects of these drugs.
By contrast the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine is focused on strengthening the foundation of one's health rather than just patching things up. In this manner herbal medicine works from the inside out; it treats the core issues that underlie our symptoms, which will either sooner or later rectify the symptoms themselves. Western drugs on the other hand work from the outside in. They attempt immediate symptomatic improvement without directly addressing the deeper cause of the symptoms.
Now of course there are certain cases where this is warranted and most definitely necessary, but even still it is acknowledged that the long-term use of Western drugs for chronic health problems can be detrimental to one's foundation of health. This is why many people are increasingly turning to natural plant-based medicines and nutrition before going the drug route. It is a gentler, more life-affirming way to heal yourself.
The traditional Chinese herbalist will use a variety of combinations, tailored to your specific constitution and condition and a talented herbalist will combine several herbs to produce a synergistic healing effect, focused on your unique needs.
Chinese herbal medicines address the underlying causes of illness and they rarely cause unwanted side effects. In my clinic and with my 1-on-1 coaching patients I only prescribe Chinese Herbal medicines which have been tested and re-formulated by reputable Western companies.
These herbal formulas come in several forms including capsules, tablets and liquid tinctures. I also use topical liniments and plasters which are very helpful in reducing pain, inflammation, swelling, and speeding the healing process.
I will also frequently prescribe and provide recipes for tea’s that can be used to treat a number of conditions made from simple everyday herbs and roots.
The joy of the herbal system is in their versatility. One single formula can be prepared to treat a condition such as infertility and resolve the myriad by products of that diagnosis such as PMS, cramping, muscular pain, frustration and depression etc. When the root cause of the disharmony is addressed all of the symptoms associated with improve and disappear.
I've even developed several key formulas that have produced remarkable results in resolving infertility in women and helping them get pregnant and delivering a happy; healthy baby:
And as I say, I often "sneak" these into a patients into a patents diet before they even realise it! :-D For example, one of the most common fertility herbs I use in the fixing infertility in women is Gui Zhi. Gui Zhi is a warming herb that moves blood, releases tension, clears cortisol, stabilises blood sugars and smells of Christmas! And it's probably in your kitchen press right now....
Cinnamon is a traditional Chinese herb called Gui Zhi. It is perhaps one of the most important herbs in Chinese Materia Medica. It is a warming and blood moving herb and in this case we use it to "warm and facilitate the flow of Qi through the channels and collaterals and Blood through the vessels". Essentially this will increase blood flow and circulation to the conception vessel and thus to your reproductive centre. It also stabilises blood sugar levels! :-)
Another great and common household herb is Sheng Jiang....or Fresh Ginger. This Fertility Herb is known for its wonderful ability to “restore devastated yang” (increase your energy levels!) and “expel cold” (warm the body, limbs and centre). A traditional Chinese medical text Be Cao Jin Ji Zhu states ginger as ‘helping digestion, to strengthen the spleen and stop vomiting and nausea, also warm the stomach and to stop the stomach spasming from the coldness.’ Many pregnant women suffer from nausea in the early stage of pregnancy, drinking ginger tea will help to calm down your stomach.
Prior to this though it is very helpful for our reproduction as it aids lower abdomen circulation and is suitable for women who have period pain, dark bleeding, blot clots, stomach pain, and aversion to cold. ;-)
You can learn more about using these herbs in fertility tea in this article - here.
Whoops! I've just realised I've run on in this part too....I'll put the next treatment for infertility in women, number 11, how to easily boost blood flow to the ovaries and womb with one hand in the next article and finish this series.
If you want to find out if Cinnamon and Ginger are right for you and can boost your fertility, why not ask. Each week I put aside a limited amount of time to do a free 1-on-1 fertility troubleshooting session where we can figure out your next best steps together! Click here to book your free online appointment.
If you’re trying for a family or planning on going through IVF, ICSI IUI, or have been through failed rounds, from poor egg growth, fertilization failure, sperm quality issues, miscarriage etc, and want to give this round the best possible shot of success and dramatically improve your fertility and reproductive health, to have a happy healthy baby, then …
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(4) Lu Z, Ma L. Guidance for practice in health preservation of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Beijing; People's Publishing House; 2007. p. 294-442
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