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INFERTILITY HOL-emblem1-web.GIF (3556 bytes)

Alternative Therapies - Female

Psychotherapy & Counseling

Unconscious feelings about starting a family, such as fear of childbirth or unresolved anger toward your partner, may contribute to infertility. Psychotherapy and counseling can help you explore and deal with these issues.

Qigong

A component element of Traditional Chinese Medicine, qigong is an ancient system of movement, breathing techniques, and meditation, which is designed to develop and improve the circulation of qi, or "life energy," around the body. Qigong is believed to help both body and mind to function at an optimum level, increasing vitality and encouraging self-healing mechanisms. Qigong is very useful for stress management and for invoking relaxation response and hence helps women get rid of their anxiety and high stress manifested as a result of their not being able to conceive children.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a method for activating the natural healing resources of the body and is deeply relaxing. Reflexology massage uses small circular movements of the thumb to bring relief.

For female infertility, a reflexologist will work the reflexes of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, spine and all glands.

Press the following points three times per day, five minutes each point:
bullet44 Uterine Tube
bullet46-Groin
bullet46-Ovary
bullet47-Uterus
bullet48--Vagina
bullet49-Sex Hormones
bullet2-Pituitary.

See Also: Reflexology for Stress Management

Relaxation & Breathing

Not being able to conceive is stressful, especially where there is no detectable reason. In animals, adverse conditions can halt reproductive activity, and stress may have the same effect in humans. It is suggested that reducing stress may lower levels of prolactin (a hormone that, in excessive amounts, can inhibit fertility), and help some women to become pregnant. Relaxation and breathing techniques to reduce anxiety and ease muscle tension may be Useful.

See Also: Yoga for Stress Management

Meditation for Stress Management

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Schuessler Tissue Salts

Take the following remedies per day, ten tablets each time:

Silica: 30X

Silica: 12X

Calearea sulphorica: 12X

T'ai Chi Ch’uan

A teacher will show you a series of movements that may be useful in lowering stress levels. The gentle exercises are thought to encourage the flow of qi (life energy) and to restore natural harmony.

See Also:     Qigong

Acupressure

Acupuncture

T'ai Chi Movement

Touch & Movement Therapies

Traditional Chinese Medicine

T'ai Chi Movement

Practitioners teach a sequence of tai chi movements to perform daily, which may ease anxiety about conceiving.

See Also:     Qigong

Acupressure

Acupuncture

T'ai Chi Ch’uan

Touch & Movement Therapies

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Touch & Movement Therapies

Worrying about failure to conceive creates tension, which can have an adverse effect on fertility. Massage-based techniques and movement therapies help to break the vicious circle by encouraging relaxation.

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Massage Therapy for Stress Management

Reflexology

Qigong

Acupressure

Acupuncture

T'ai Chi Ch’uan

T'ai Chi Movement

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Extensive research has been done in China on the treatment of infertility. Here is an example of the usefulness TCM in treating women infertility problems that is related to immune system. In the trial, the female immune system was found to attack the husband's sperm that was causing the difficulty to conceive.

For a study of female immunological infertility by Chen Xiaoping, researchers used Guyin Decoction (ginseng, rehmannia, dioscorea, cornus, cuscuta, polygala, schizandra, and licorice) to treat 60 women with infertility attributed to antisperm immune response. Treatment time was thirty days, with the course being repeated up to three months. A control group of 25 similar cases received prednisolone and vitamin E. Immune measures decreased significantly in the herb treatment group, but not in the drug treatment group. In the herb treatment group, 32 percent became pregnant. In the group receiving drug treatment, 24 percent became pregnant.

See Also:     Qigong

Acupressure

Acupuncture

T'ai Chi Ch’uan

T'ai Chi Movement

Herbal Medicine

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