Why Acupuncture Helps Uterine Health and Blood Flow.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western medicine look at blood flow in the uterus differential. When you go to your Reproductive Endocrinologist they can perform a dopler imaging test to see artery blood flow to the uterus and the test can come out OK. This does not mean that uterine blood flow and uterine health cannot be improved.
Blood, called “xue” in TCM is in some ways the same as blood in Western Medicine. In both systems blood is the red fluid in our veins and arteries. However, TCM takes traditional Chinese medicine sees that the function of blood in the body facilitates the nourishment the organs and muscles in the body receives. Blood in TCM is what keeps our skin and hair moistened and it is imperative for optimal fertility because it nourishes the uterine lining, creating a thick plush surface where the embryo can attach. When a pregnancy occurs the embryo also receives its nourishment from blood aiding its growth and development into a fetus.
Each month women loose blood Traditional Chinese Medicine / Acupuncture states that if the body is unable to replenish this lost blood adequately this may lead to amenorrhea, scanty menses, a thin uterine lining, or recurrent miscarriage. Aspects that can lead to poor quality blood and uterine nourishment are physical and emotional stress, poor diet and lack of sleep are all things TCM teaches deplete blood. It is also possible for a woman (or man) to have blood stagnation or stasis which can manifest as painful periods (cramps); heat in the blood may cause rashes or red acne on the skin.
So, for your TCM practitioner, a Doppler test showing adequate uterine blood flow is just part of the equation. The quality of the blood is the rest of the story. Remember, from the TCM perspective blood nourishes all body tissues, including uterine lining, developing eggs and sperm. Blood deficiency in TCM responds well with acupuncture, herbs and a diet higher in protein and iron. If you are experiencing any of the fertility blood deficiency symptoms listed (scanty menses, amenorrhea, thin uterine lining, and recurrent miscarriage) or other non-gynecological symptoms (dry skin, dry hair, brittle nails, dry eyes) you might want to explore acupuncture with an experienced practitioner to support your medical fertility treatment.