Fertility with acupuncture and reflexology

For any woman that has had to experience fertility issues it can be a time of confusion, upset and loss. As a result, many women choose to seek out alternative fertility treatments such as Acupuncture and Reflexology.

A woman’s fertility is dependent on her age and once a woman reaches the age of 35 her ovulation can halve. Infertility is defined as when for at least 12 months a couple have attempted to conceive with no success and it is at this stage intervention is recommended. But, statistically speaking, the longer a couple wait the less chance they have of success even with IVF with the UK national average success rate at just 22% with women under 38.

There are countless global studies carried out each year that show consistent results of alternative therapies such as Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Reflexology having positive effects in reversing infertility. These studies include individuals suffering from infertility who are using IVF, IUI and those with no assistance and in each case, there have been significant improvements in fertility and pregnancy rates.

How can Acupuncture help with Fertility?Chinese Statue with Acupuncture Points

Acupuncture aims to help rebalance the energy flow throughout your body and clear any blockages preventing a healthy flow of Xi (Chi). In doing so, your body is slowly primed to increase your fertility and boost your overall health.

There are four key areas that acupuncture focuses on to increase fertility, the first relating to hormones. Any hormonal imbalances you may be experiencing will drastically reduce your fertility and so acupuncture seeks to regulate all hormone functions. The second focus is to increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, in turn relaxing the muscles, once this has occurred the chance of an embryo implanting is greatly improved.

The third is to work on tackling common causes of infertility such as Polycystic ovary syndrome and aiming to subside anything inducing this. The final step is to help generally relive any feeling of stress and anxiety in your every day life. The more relaxed you feel, the more relaxed your body is which in turn will help with fertility.

If you think Acupuncture could benefit you or if you have an inquiry about Acupuncture That Works then call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.

The Health Benefits of Reflexology

This week is World Reflexology Week, a national awareness day for the practice of reflexology, which we are supporting here at Acupuncture That Works. We provide Reflexology services, but some of you may be wondering exactly what it is, and what the benefits of it are.

Reflexology is an ancient Chinese practice of manual therapy focusing on the feet, which is becoming increasingly popular as a modern holistic therapy to relieve pain and stress.

The therapy works by massaging different areas on the feet that correspond to other parts of the body, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system to heal itself. For thousands of years this has been utilised by Chinese practitioners to re-balance the bodies Qi to aid a number of conditions, promote healing and improve wellbeing and vitality.

What’s involved?

Initially a reflexologist will ask about your medical history, health issues, lifestyle and diet before starting the session, which consists of applying painless pressure to your feet using thumb and forefinger to identify any issues throughout your body.

A reflexology session typically lasts 30 to 60 minutes, focusing on the soles of your feet, and usually five or six sessions are required to aid specific health conditions.

How does it work?

Reflexology is based on the Chinese principle that certain areas on the soles of the feet and hands, known as reflex zones, contain millions of nerve endings which correspond to other parts of the body.

The belief is that reflexology stimulates the body into healing itself through improving circulation, reducing stress, reducing pain and restoring natural balance to your body.

What can it help with?

Reflexology can be used to help to restore balance and entice your body into healing itself, and is commonly used to boost sluggish circulation, useful for aiding with stress, anxiety, back pain, migraines, poor digestion, irritable bowel syndrome, respiratory problems, asthma, headache, bladder problems, menopausal symptoms and period pain.

The relaxing nature of the massage also has a positive psychological impact on wellbeing, whilst pregnant women find that reflexology relieves the pressure on legs and feet.

For more information about our Reflexology service and how it can benefit you, call us free on 0800 051 76 88.