For those facing the difficult road of infertility, it helps to know all your options. IVF and other assisted reproductive technology procedures need not be your first option. If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, why not consider some of the natural therapy treatments available.
Acupuncture involves the use of very fine needles inserted into the skin at certain points on the body. Stimulating these points can help correct imbalances within the body. As a natural treatment for infertility, acupuncture can help to increase blood supply to the reproductive organs and stimulate the brain to release reproductive hormones.
Chiropractic treatment involves gentle manipulation of the spine, ensuring the spinal cord and nerves running throughout the body are not compressed or damaged. When our bodies are out of line, vital body organs can be affected, including our reproductive organs. Chiropractic treatment for infertility focuses on realigning the spinal cord and central nervous system, ensuring the nerves that feed to these organs are not compromised.
Naturopathy involves a holistic approach to healthcare and treatment. Naturopaths often use a range of therapies that include nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine and behavioural change. When used to treat infertility issues, the focus of naturopathy is on healing mind, body and soul and promoting natural healing as well as necessary lifestyle changes.
Homeopathy is based on treating an individual with diluted amounts of a wide variety of substances. Treatment is usually given in tablet form. Homeopathy is designed to trigger the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Focused on promoting overall health and healing, homeopathy can be used by both males and females dealing with infertility.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
TCM incorporates a range of natural therapies, including acupuncture, massage, diet and Chinese herbs. Therapies are designed to improve overall health as well as target specific health problems. In treating infertility, TCM works on the principle that such disorders are based around blood stagnancy, kidney or liver weakness or overheating of various bodily organs.
Pilates and yoga
Infertility issues can be related to some common health issues, such as weight problems, hormone imbalance and stress. Pilates and yoga are focused on building muscle strength, increasing flexibility and promoting oxygenation of the body, with particular attention placed on pelvic and spinal alignment. These gentle exercise therapies are a popular way to deal with weight issues, hormone imbalances and stress.