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Healing the Conception Vessel: blog series part 1 of 8

Posted by Tanya on February 25, 2013 at 9:40 PM



"It can be frightening, this yearning for a child - its hard to fathom the desperate urgency."  ~ Wendy Wasserstein, Award-Winning Playwright and first-time mother at age forty-six, from Creating a Life by Sylvia Hewett


As young girls, maternal instinct prepares us to become mothers - even the girls who show no interest in babies or dolls still assume they possess the capacity, and desire to have children. But, what happens to women who, when they are ready to have babies find its not quite as easy as they were led to believe?


The pain and disappointment of failing to conceive. The causes of infertility are wide in their range - unfortunately, partners usually don't realize there is a problem until they want to conceive and are then are thrust into an endless cycle of diagnosis, treatment, pregnancy, and failings. The desperate hunger of couples who want to bear children and the pain of the journey to create life envelopes them.


Western reproductive medicine has provided some of the best-publicized miracles. The "infertility epidemic" has given rise to a huge industry and indeed, assisted reproductive technology (ART) has given hope to many women who could never bear children otherwise. But the physical, financial, and emotional ramifications are high. Women are willing to spend every penny and hyperstimulate their ovaries, turning them into egg-producing, hormone-raging, mad-women. Women have sex, don't have sex, have sex on schedule - whatever they're told will work. Unfortunately all too often we end up broke and heartbroken; empty arms, and exhausted bodies.


The failures of the Western reproductive medicine, has turned heads to seek out healthier, holistic alternatives such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) techniques to enhance both partners fertility and holistic health. TCM is safe to use with Western reproductive medicine, and will enhance the chances of conception. 


TCM describes the female reproductive system as a network of energy systems with complementary organs and hormonal responses. This network responds to stress, chemicals, lack of exercise, poor eating, and excessive emotions, all of which put the body off balance. The most incredible part of our bodies is it will also respond to gentle-healing and balance.


Chinese medicine is safe, and effective. I advocate an easy four-step approach that will help you balance your internal energies while preparing you to conceive:

  • The first step is to correctly identify what imbalances are going on inside. What is causing your reproductive disharmony.
  • The second step is to change your diet (if the need should arise). Certain foods have certain properties, and depending on your diagnosis it may be important to add food that will nourish you to move energy. We may also explore adding certain vitamins or minerals into the diet.
  • The third step is to clear your energies via acupuncture. A series of acupuncture treatments will be administered over a course of 3-6 months. Remember restoring health and well-being can take time. At this stage, additional excercises may be included: Yoga, femoral massage, Qi Gong breathing, meditation, etc.
  • Lastly, we need to increase your chances of conception through the addition of Chinese herbs. These herbal remedies have been around for thousands of years in China to help increase fertility. 

The success rate is around 75 percent. Many of the 25 percent who are not successful have not followed through with their treatment plans. Traditional Chinese medicine is not a quick fix; restoring the body to health takes time. You must give yourself at least three to six months for the treatments to have full effect. All I ask is that you remember some conditions have been a while in the making and it may take a while to unmake the imbalance. Use how you feel to gauge your progress.


Above all remember Chinese medical treatment is designed to work with Nature, and allow conception to occur rather than force it. You will have emotional clarity, and a sense of calm as you become aware that your body is working with you to prepare you. The focus is to remove the obstructions, to overcome fertility barriers, and take control of your fertility health. No one is more in tune with your body as much as you are. You will learn to trust your instincts, and above all, know that you are not broken; you are not deficient. No matter the outcome of your journey, you are whole.

If you have been told you are infertile, my message is this: There is no such thing as infertility: it is a myth! Rarely is a woman of childbearing age with all her reproductive organs intact unable to bear children. As long as the anatomical structure is present the diagnosis of "infertility" is simply untrue. Nature is on your side girl!
Over the course of this 8 week blog series my goal is to address the most commonly diagnosed obstacles to fertility. Please join me next week as I discuss part 2 of this series:
Advanced Maternal Age (over thirty-five).


The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we didn't know existed. 

"The Valley Spirit never dies.
It is named the Mysterious Female.
And the Doorway of the Mysterious Female
Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang.

It is there within us all the while:
draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry."

~ Tao Te Ching

References

This article was written using the following sources:

1. The Infertility Cure : the ancient Chinese wellness program for getting pregnant and having healthy babies / Randine Lewis, Ph.D. ISBN 0-316-15921-2

2. http://www.thefertilesoul.com

 

Categories: TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Fertility, Pregnancy

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12 Comments

Reply Tanya
1:22 AM on March 2, 2013 
[Nadine Nicholson]
Tanya, you have no idea how timely your series is for me. Thank you! I'm excited to follow the entire series. Keep this gold coming! ~ Nadine

I have found the last two months, a large influx of fertility clients with a wide variety of imbalances and Western diagnosis. My hope is to bring attention to the many different obstacles... Thanks so much for your support, its always a pleasure Nadine! xo
Reply Tanya
1:20 AM on March 2, 2013 
[Dana Goldstien]
Tanya, there is a lot of great information here. I think a lot of TCM is relevent even if you are not trying to conceive. I am starting to become a big supporter of the holistic approach to health. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

TCM across the board is becoming so prevalent in health care - I truly think folks are looking for a holistic approach to living; its important to find our way back to Earth medicine and TCM has been here for over 4,000 years!
Reply Tanya
1:17 AM on March 2, 2013 
Thanks Kirsten, I love how you transmuted this message! I am now thinking how rooted this message truly is. Thank you for pointing this out.. xo
Reply Tanya
1:10 AM on March 2, 2013 
[Laurie McGowan]
I love your message that as long as you have the parts, you are not infertile. I can ono imagine the stress one can place on their own body because of the mindset that they are broken.

I think as women, if we have not experienced the hope, and failings of fertility its so difficult to imagine the emotional toll this has on both men and women alike. I appreciate your comment Laurie :)
Reply Nadine Nicholson
9:34 PM on March 1, 2013 
Tanya, you have no idea how timely your series is for me. Thank you! I'm excited to follow the entire series. Keep this gold coming! ~ Nadine
Reply Tanya
11:50 PM on February 28, 2013 
[Josephene Juell]
Thanks Tanya, Its very refreshing to hear your positive tone on infertility. I believe that acupuncture is a huge help for both fertility and the entire prenatal period (I have a daughter that benefited from acupuncture in-utero). I look forward to the series.

Yes, I agree Josephene - I've aided a handful of women throughout their pregnancies and the common thread relates to "The baby came easier; I was calmer through childbirth"
Reply Tanya
2:43 PM on February 28, 2013 
[Laura Buckholz]
I whole heartedly believe in this concept and know of women who have successfully got pregnant.

Thanks for your comment Laura, its quite incredible when women seek a new experience and let go of the fertility outcome, they seem to attract an entire new awareness in fertility.
Reply Dana Goldstien
11:35 AM on February 27, 2013 
Tanya, there is a lot of great information here. I think a lot of TCM is relevent even if you are not trying to conceive. I am starting to become a big supporter of the holistic approach to health. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Reply Kirsten Wreggitt
9:14 AM on February 27, 2013 
The most beautiful message you share is "you are not broken; you are not deficient. No matter the outcome of your journey, you are whole." It applies in this instance and in your entire life. I needed that :)
Reply Laurie McGowan
11:24 PM on February 26, 2013 
I love your message that as long as you have the parts, you are not infertile. I can ono imagine the stress one can place on their own body because of the mindset that they are broken.
Reply Josephene Juell
10:43 PM on February 26, 2013 
Thanks Tanya, Its very refreshing to hear your positive tone on infertility. I believe that acupuncture is a huge help for both fertility and the entire prenatal period (I have a daughter that benefited from acupuncture in-utero). I look forward to the series.
Reply Laura Buckholz
11:28 AM on February 26, 2013 
I whole heartedly believe in this concept and know of women who have successfully got pregnant.