When it comes to advice on boosting your fertility, there is so much information out there and a lot of that information is based in the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
For much of China’s history, having a large family has always been very important. So understanding ways to improve fertility was a centerpiece in the development of TCM over thousands of years. TCM is a medical system designed to improve health and manage disease. Rather than waiting until someone is very sick or struggling to conceive to treat them, TCM doctors would help anyone improve their health and fertility by carefully diagnosing which organ systems were imbalanced and creating a treatment plan for lasting health.
Modern TCM practitioners have learned to combine the best of both biomedicine and ancient TCM wisdom to help couples conceive faster. By tracking variations in menstrual cycles (such as length of the period and cycle, ovulation signs and symptoms, PMS symptoms, and BBT) as well as observing their digestive health, sleep habits, energy levels, body temperature perception, and other symptoms like allergies, headaches, etc., a practitioner can understand a lot about a woman’s overall health and fertility. Based on this information, a practitioner makes a diagnosis and creates a plan of dietary and lifestyle changes, a customized herbal formula, acupuncture and massage to help the body become stronger and more fertile.
The effectiveness of TCM when it comes to fertility is no longer considered placebo or hocus pocus. In fact, many doctors now see the benefits and work closely with practitioners to help their patients conceive faster.
TCM is specific to each patient and is customized: there is no generalized fertility diet or plan, but with the right information at your fingertips, you can start improving your fertility. Tracking your BBT is an excellent way to record the changes in your hormones over the course of the cycle. Recording other signs and symptoms in your body (cramps, headaches, changes in digestion, sleep or mood, etc.) will also help you or a TCM practitioner piece together patterns that emerge over the course of the cycle.
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