To conceive the female body needs and wants to be in optimal health to support the needs of and house a new life. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work in unison to nourish the female body and to prepare the body for conception.
Preconception care consists of regular treatment for three months before trying to fall pregnant. Treatment supports the production of quality eggs and endometrial lining.
IDEAL TREATMENT FOR NATURAL CONCEPTION: 6months without an established cycle, 3months with an established cycle.
It takes two to tango. One critical aspect that can often be overlooked when trying to conceive is the importance of sperm quality. Luckily for Males, sperm regenerates completely every 90 days. Small changes to the environment including diet, reduction of alcohol consumption and smoking have a profound effect on sperm health and therefore on conception.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are effective in treating sperm disorders.
ASSISTED REPRODUCTION SUPPORT
The assisted reproduction journey can be a time where a woman and her partner are under heightened stress. Practitioners at The Dao Health use acupuncture to provide integrated support throughout the process of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).
Acupuncture is a useful tool to support a woman or man undergoing a drug-stimulated cycle.
IN VITRO FERTILISATION
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been shown to improve overall outcomes of IVF as well as helping to decrease stress and anxiety (1, 2).
These studies below have concluded that in order to benefit from treatment with acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine should be used in the preparation of an IVF cycle, for both the man and woman undergoing treatment.
It is important to note that Chinese Herbal medicine is not used at The Dao Health throughout IVF cycles or when a patient is on scheduled hormone prescriptions. Chinese Herbal Medicine is used to support and regulate the cycle if, and when a patient is having a menstrual cycle off from IVF.
Regular treatments aim to nourish and support the body and help the overall outcome of a healthy, happy baby.
IDEAL TREATMENT: 3-6months prior to initial cycle, support throughout cycle and monthly through pregnancy.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is where a partners’ sperm or donor sperm is injected into the uterus using a catheter, around ovulation. Acupuncture Chinese and herbal medicine can help support the growth and quality of the egg/s.
IDEAL TREATMENT: Commence for both partners 3 months prior to beginning IUI cycle.
INTRA-CYTOPLASMIC SPERM INJECTION
When there is male infertility ICSI may be implemented. This technique selects one sperm and injects it into the egg. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are used to help supplement the quality of the sperm.
IDEAL TREATMENT: 3 months prior to sperm collection