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In today’s episode, we continue our Infertility Awareness series by diving into the world of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with Allison Locke, an Acupuncturist and integrative health practitioner.  Allison, who is also an endo warrior, offers valuable insights into how TCM can provide an alternative approach to addressing infertility and endometriosis.

In this episode, you’ll hear: 

-Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine values balance and living in accordance with nature, and it is more than just putting needles in your body.

-How in TCM there is a very different diagnostic process; one illness can have different imbalances in the body like blood and qi stagnation, leading to different patterns that might show up as infertility.

-Acupuncture works wonders for relaxing the nervous system from a Western standpoint, but from a TCM lens, conditions like endometriosis often involve stagnation, poor circulation of qi and blood, and deficiency; TCM can pinpoint the root cause and tailor treatments accordingly.

-How in TCM, tackling infertility is all about focusing on healthy blood circulation, and whether you’re aiming for a natural pregnancy or going through IVF or IUI, the approach remains consistent; research shows that combining IVF with TCM increases the chances of success by around 30%.

-The functional approach can be blended and used with TCM to help achieve the best quality of life.  

-Acupuncture is not as scary as it sounds, it helps take your body out of the fight or flight mode, the needles are as thin as a strand of hair, it is a very safe practice, and it is a very relaxing experience.  

If you are interested in TCM and acupuncture, but lacking access or seeking initial steps, focusing on foundational health pillars like diet, exercise, stress management, and sleep is a great starting place. The temperature of your food can affect how your body functions, and syncing sleep with natural light cycles, can positively impact overall health.  TCM encourages living in harmony with nature, so making lifestyle adjustments in line with this philosophy is a great way to begin integrating TCM into your daily routine.

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Disclaimer: This podcast is for educational purposes only. This may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis. Always check with your own physician or medical professional before trying or implementing any information read here.

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