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TCM Acupuncture & Massage For Fertility in Singapore

Wanting to start a family but facing repeated disappointment can be one of the toughest journeys that couples face. Furthermore, because it is not a topic that is usually broached in conversation, many of us remain unaware of how common fertility issues are for both men and women. At Oriental Remedies, we offer both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and tech-enhanced fertility treatments for our clients here in Singapore, which help to nourish and prepare both the mind and body for pregnancy in a gentle and holistic way.

What is Infertility?

Going back to basics, infertility is defined by the World Health Organisation as a disease of the male or female reproductive system evidenced by failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 or more months of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.

Male infertility can look like low levels of sperm or abnormal movement or shapes of sperm in the semen, while female infertility can be affected by issues in the ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, or may have other diagnoses. Infertility in both partners can also be affected by factors like age, stress, nutrition levels, and general lifestyle.

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Common Fertility Issues Couples Face - TCM Perspective

TCM massage and acupuncture for infertility Singapore

In the TCM view of fertility, imbalances in the body constitution can also affect our reproductive biology and cause symptoms that are more well-known and evident in modern medicine, such as sexual dysfunction, poor ovulation, or conditions like endometriosis and the like.

Knowing that these symptoms have roots in our body constitution can help to target and improve these fertility issues in a more holistic way from the inside-out.

What does each TCM condition / imbalance affect?

♀ Female

Cold Womb SyndromeEmbryo implantation and body’s conduciveness for pregnancy

Kidney Deficiency – General fertility levels

Blood StagnationDelivery of blood and nutrients to the womb

♂ Male

Kidney DeficiencyGeneral fertility levels

Blood & Qi DeficienciesImmunity levels and general body conditions, which consequently affects erectile function and sperm quality

Damp-Heat  In nether regions – sperm health

TCM Fertility Treatments Help

Female Fertility

Male Fertility

TCM fertility treatments for females to balance hormones

Balance Hormone

Corrects hormonal imbalance and regulates menstrual cycle to ensure a healthy occurrence of ovulation, follicle development and implantation.

TCM fertility treatments for males to improve sperm health

Improve Sperm Health

Enhance the function of gonads to increase sperm production. Alleviate oxidative stress that can damage sperm DNA to improve sperm quality.

TCM fertility treatments for females to improve circulation

Improve Circulation

Improves blood circulation to ovaries and womb in order to promote the development of follicles into healthy mature eggs for fertilisation as well as nourish the womb.

TCM fertility treatments for males to improve body constitution

Improve Body Constitution

Improve imbalances and deficiencies in your body that are interfering with fertility (sperm quality, erectile function etc) as well as support your immunity.

TCM fertility treatments for females for body and mind support

Body and Mind Support

Support the immune system and relieve stress and anxiety for a healthy pregnancy.

TCM fertility treatments for males to improve sexual performance

Improve Sexual Performance

Support sexual performance issues that may impact the chances of conception.

Acupuncture

For Men and Women

  • Acupuncture for women has various benefits — from regulating blood flow and hormone levels, which enhances ovulation, to relieving painful conditions like endometriosis and PCOS, which can impede embryonic implantation.
  • Acupuncture for men usually targets acupoints that have to do with general fertility as well as Liver Qi stagnation and/or Spleen Qi deficiency — two possible results of stress buildup. Acupuncture can also help to release oxidative stress that damage sperm quality, and also the general stress and anxiety faced in life that can negatively impact chances of pregnancy.

Herbal Medication

For Men and Women

TCM fertility care through Chinese Herbal Medicine generally helps to regulate and prepare both partners’ bodies for conception.

In women, Chinese Herbal Medication can work to correct hormonal imbalances and stabilize the menstrual cycle, as well as improve follicle development and ovulation. In addition to these, the tonics can help warm up the body and prepare it for implantation and pregnancy. This is why herbs are often used in conjunction with acupuncture for infertility in Singapore. 

In men, Chinese Herbal Medication is used to address issues at the Kidney, as well as to tonify and nourish the Five Organs as they affect optimal performance of the Kidney. These can help patients develop high levels of good quality sperm as well. Examples of some common herbs used for this are wolfberries 枸杞子 and Chinese dodder seed 菟丝子 that target the Kidney and Liver or Codonopsis root 党参 and Astragalus 黄芪 that target the Spleen and Lung Qi.

Moxibustion

For Women

TCM fertility care through Chinese Herbal Medicine generally helps to regulate and prepare both partners’ bodies for conception.

By placing burning dried mugwort on various points on the body, moxibustion stimulates Qi flowing throughout the body. Meant for our female patients only, moxibustion as a TCM fertility treatment can help alleviate cold womb syndrome and regulate the menstrual cycle, all necessary for preparing the best environment for pregnancy.

Electro-Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)

For Men and Women

Similar to the effects of a lymphatic drainage massage or tuina massage, but without causing any pain or pressure, ELT helps to clear up stagnation and congestion of the lymph fluid and achieves roll-on benefits for fertility in both men and women. 

In both partners, ELT as a kind of fertility massage treatment can help achieve greater immunity and less inflammation overall, resulting in regulation of stress and energy. In women specifically, a decongested lymphatic system could provide relief for conditions like PCOS [1], as well as achieving conducive womb and uterine conditions for pregnancy [2]. On the other hand, for men, the detoxifying effects of a better flowing lymphatic system can protect sperm quality, while increasing sperm count [3] through the improved circulation of testosterone [4].

All ELT services at Oriental Remedies are performed using an FDA-registered wellness device.

* Upon successful pregnancy, women are advised to stop all ELT sessions.

Far-Infrared Therapy (FIR)

For Women

Far-Infrared rays are used in FIR therapy to gently soothe and detox the physical body, as well as the mind. By increasing skin temperatures, FIR is especially helpful for women suffering from Cold Womb Syndrome.

Negative Ion Therapy

For Men and Women

The major benefit of negative ions on health and wellness is its ability to combat free radical damage and oxidative stress taken on by our bodies in everyday modern life.

As a complement to TCM fertility treatment, the reduced oxidative stress from negative ion therapy helps with protecting sperm DNA in male partners as well as protect the female reproductive system in general. It is especially useful for helping women create a conducive environment in the womb for pregnancy through improved blood circulation and nutrient supply as well as reduced inflammation.

* Upon successful pregnancy, women are advised to stop all Negative Ion Therapy.

Can TCM increase your IVF/IUI success rates?

TCM fertility treatments can definitely help to improve one’s chances of conceiving naturally or through assisted reproductive treatments like In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). After all, these can be drawn out processes that cause both emotional and monetary stress, and TCM remedies such as acupuncture for infertility help to nourish both the body and the mind to prepare both partners for a successful pregnancy.

Reduction of Emotional and Oxidative Stress

Emotional stress built up through the infertility journey in both partners can snowball and affect how well our bodies and reproductive systems can work. In addition, our bodies encounter free radical damage and oxidative stress in our day-to-day lives too, which can affect things like sperm health.

The TCM fertility treatments at Oriental Remedies are aimed at soothing and regulating stress levels to counter this, and this can have a positive effect on regular ovulation and follicular health in women, as well as protecting sperm count and quality in men, which are affected by oxidative stress.

Related Fertility Treatments: Acupuncture, Electro-Lymphatic Therapy, Negative Ion Therapy,

Improved Blood and Nutrient Circulation

Improved blood and nutrient circulation for men and women alike can have positive effects on the couple’s ability to get pregnant. In men, this can look like healthier testosterone circulation and better immunity overall, leading to stronger sperm health. In women, this looks like better womb health and stability, better ovulation health for egg retrieval during IVF [5], and more nutrients delivered to the uterus for any potential embryo implantation [6] upon delivery back into the womb [7].

Related Fertility Treatments: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Electro-Lymphatic Therapy, Moxibustion

Recovery from Women’s Reproductive Health Conditions

Painful menstrual cramps, irregular cycles, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), weak uterine lining — these are all factors that can stand against successful embryonic implantation and pregnancy. TCM can help to regulate the flow of Qi, blood and hormones to provide some levels of regulation to these conditions and strengthen the womb for pregnancy through IVF/IUI.

Related Fertility Treatments: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion, Electro-Lymphatic Therapy

Improved Body Constitution

In men, the Kidney and Five Organs play a huge role in sperm health and ability to conceive. Improvements in the general body constitution thus help to balance out the body, and strengthen the sperm’s ability to play its part.

Women, on the other hand, often might face Cold Womb Syndrome, which, once alleviated through TCM fertility treatments, can help create a healthier, more optimal environment for pregnancy in the womb.

Combined, a restored body constitution can enhance the couple’s success rates during assisted reproductive treatments like IVF and IUI.

Related Fertility Treatments: Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion, Far-Infrared Therapy

TCM & Tech-enhanced therapies can support your fertility at every stage

Both conventional and tech-enhanced TCM fertility care can generally boost and enhance your fertility wellness, acting as an optimal companion to more typical fertility tests and treatments that couples usually take on in their fertility journey.

Whether you have just started trying for a baby, or are committed to assisted reproductive technologies like IVF and IUI, TCM and tech-enhanced therapies can help to prepare the body for pregnancy by strengthening circulation and immunity, and reducing damage from toxins, inflammation, and oxidative stress.

Who should consider TCM & tech-enhanced therapies for fertility?

  • Couples seeking gentler or natural fertility treatments
  • Couples facing mild to severe fertility problems
  • Couples looking to increase their IVF/IUI success rates
  • Couples looking to start family planning

No matter which stage of the fertility journey you are currently at, if you think TCM fertility care can be of help to your experience, our physicians at Oriental Remedies Group here in Singapore are more than ready to guide you through a program specially tailored to your needs and body constitutions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does TCM fertility treatment take to be effective?

To be most effective, couples should both commit to undergoing TCM fertility treatment weekly or fortnightly for at least 6 months. For women, fertility treatment is typically more time-sensitive as the medicine and care options will change depending on their menstrual cycle. For men, it will be less time-sensitive, but committing to treatment sessions along with their partners can increase the overall effectiveness and success of their TCM fertility treatment

We share more about our treatment plans for fertility couples in our Fertility 101: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant. >> Get your free copy here.

Should both partners go through TCM fertility treatment together if only one person is diagnosed with infertility?

Both partners are always welcome to undergo TCM fertility treatments together, regardless of whether the diagnosis is male or female infertility. After all, this is a journey that couples go through together, and things like the diet and lifestyle of one partner can affect fertility chances overall even if it is the other partner who suffers from infertility.

TCM fertility care also serves to boost holistic wellness in both partners to help the chances of pregnancy, regardless of underlying infertility. The benefits like improved blood circulation and immunity are beneficial overall, as is reducing oxidative stress damage in the body.

What is the best fertility treatment for unexplained infertility?

When infertility is unexplained, it can cause great grief for couples who don’t know how to solve an unknown problem. To start, couples can consider treatments like herbal medication and acupuncture, which have broad wellness effects that also boost fertility. 

However, there is usually no perfect one-size-fits-all fertility treatment plan in TCM because it is a practice that is very personal and tailored to the individual’s unique body constitutions and conditions. Hence, we recommend working closely with our Oriental Remedies physicians to figure out the most suitable plan for you and your partner.

How effective are fertility massages?

At Oriental Remedies Group in Singapore, our key mode of fertility massage is through Electro-Lymphatic Therapy (ELT). ELT has been found to be 8-10x more effective in resolving lymph fluid congestion compared to manual lymphatic drainage massage, and in stimulating lymph nodes and vessels hidden deeper under our skin.

Because ELT is able to target these nodes that are not easily accessible, they have a high efficacy rate to regulate the various inflammatory conditions that affect fertility in both men and women. By relieving and strengthening conditions in the female reproductive organs as well as improving the quality of sperm in men, ELT as a form of fertility massage can definitely provide a well desired improvement in the couple’s chances of getting pregnant.

What foods should I eat or avoid during TCM fertility treatment?

In order to boost fertility chances, we recommend adding the following to your diet: huang qi (黄芪) for energy and immunity, gou qi zi (枸杞子) red dates (红枣) for fertility. Do take note that gou qi zi (枸杞子) red dates (红枣) should be taken in small quantities to avoid heatiness because they have warming properties.

For patients with cold womb syndrome, we recommend reducing your intake of excessive fruits and raw foods, many of which are cooler in nature and can slow your fertility treatment progress.

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