Traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture) is a system of complementary medicine that involves using needles in the skin and tissues to dispel pain and to alleviate mental, physical and emotional conditions. Treatments have been proven to have many benefits and are even useful for fertility, which is why surrogates swear by it! Nathan Chan, Managing Director of Proud Fertility, had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ann Zee, with the Holistic Institute of Health and Fertility, about the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and why you should be having treatments 4-6 months prior to pregnancy.
Benefits of Acupuncture For Surrogate Pregnancy
For women that experience immune problems that are inhospitable to pregnancy, acupuncture, combined with herbs and healthy nutrition, may help strengthen and bring balance back to the immune system.
IVF Compatible Treatments
Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to various body parts, including to the all-important uterus. This supports the body in allowing for a plentiful lining in the uterus, prior to embryo transfer.
Treatments have been successful in treating pain by stimulating beta-endorphins within the body. Beta-endorphins, in turn, help impact hormones in the reproductive system, including FSH, LH, and hCG – hormones that aid in ovulation and fertility.
Reduction in stress is another benefit of acupuncture therapy. Stress hormones have the ability to wreak havoc on the body and menstrual cycle, and the stress levels surrounding fertility concerns can be comparable to those of a grave diagnosis. Emotional care should be a main focus throughout the process.
Surrogate Pregnancy Health Benefits
Therapy can provide many benefits even after conception, including increased blood flow as previously mentioned, de-stressing and invigorating the uterus, and boosting many body systems. All these factors assist in supporting and sustaining a pregnancy and decreases chances of a miscarriage.
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