Modern technology provides incredible tools for helping menstruating individuals understand and track their cycles. Most people have apps on their phones that can help to project dates of optimal fertility by predicting ovulation. These apps are wonderful for so many people, especially for those who have very little experience tracking their cycles and are just learning how to understand how to predict upcoming cycles. However, a major caveat to using apps alone and sole predictors of fertility is that they are determined solely based on averages.
When you are going through IVF it is not only an emotional roller coaster ride but also can be financially draining. You are looking for everything to help boost your chances of getting pregnant. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat infertility and now it used as an integrative approach for women undergoing assisted fertility treatments such as IUI and IVF.
Moxibustion is a “warming” technique using the herb mugwort or ai ya in Chinese Medicine. Mugwort has been used in many different cultures for its medicinal properties. Moxibustion helps to increase blood circulation, tonify energy and stimulate digestive system function as well as boost the immune system. Moxibustion comes in different forms including direct and indirect moxibustion.
When I first began my Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I went into the medicine thinking I would treat more pain management but in my clinical studies I found the amazing benefits of Chinese Medicine and women’s health. That is where the passion grew and now, 10.5 years practicing, I still find the amazing effects of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in helping women get pregnant.
In my practice, a number of women have come to me for the treatment of PCOS. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a disorder of the reproductive system where testosterone levels are normally elevated. Signs and symptoms are irregular menstruation, thickened body hair, middle weight gain. An ultrasound can detect a “string of pearls” around the ovaries” where there are cysts that surround the ovary.