Restore Health To Improve Fertility
Fertility often improves when you restore health to your body and mind.
Observing nature can serve as a reminder of our bodies rhythms and seasons. This is particularly helpful to do when you are trying to restore health and fertility. We are part of nature and intrinsically connected with our natural world despite our material comforts.
As we transition from autumn to winter we observe nature stripping away trees’ autumn glory to reveal the stark bareness of winter. Flowers fade and die leaving the range of hues narrowed to a minimalist colour palatte. From outward appearances trees show little sign of life or of the impending growth of blossom, summer blooms or fruit to come as spring progresses through to summer. Hidden bulbs show nothing of the beauty they will produce in spring. Plants – and many animals for that matter – slow down and let go of all that is superfluous to maintaining life in its quietest form. The debris slowly breaks down, leaching into the ground to nourish roots.
As seasons shift, in an environment of good nourishment and the right climate, spring brings with it a surge of new life and growth. Plants that have been allowed to rest but have had good nourishment to their roots will now be energised to grow healthily as the climate favours them. Even an un-cared for plant can recover remarkably over time after being cut back and with care given to its nutrition and environment to restore health. Remember this. Because as in nature, we too have seasons when we need to let go and strip our lives down to only what is essential to maintain life in its deepest quietest form. Sometimes allowing our body and mind to be still and letting our energy run deep is where greatest potency is achieved for our health and fertility.
In Chinese medicine our reproductive potential, called Jing, is held in the Kidney energy system. The Kidneys are considered to be the root of all Yin and all Yang. Winter is the season associated with the Kidneys and is also the most Yin season. It represents the time of deepest stillness, quietness and nourishment. Winter is a reminder to us that out of the potency developed in this quiet time, surges the yang energy of spring and summer – the seasons of creation, new life, vitality and joy.
In our western culture we have become emotionally addicted to short term cause and effect actions and results. We often expect that if we take a course of action we will get a specific result in a defined period of time. It is hard for us to accept that our bodies don’t always comply with these forced commands. Sometimes your challenge on the fertility journey is to let go of the need for external distractions and artificial stimulation.
Increasing your fertility naturally is about improving health. In one of the most ancient and highly regarded systems of medicine in the world this is all about bringing balance to your body, mind and spirit. We are not as concerned about your age, as we are your health status. Lifestyle and diet modifications according to Chinese medicine, alongside acupuncture, have been shown to increase IVF outcomes in our modern world. Chinese herbal medicine has also been shown to improve fertility. Acupuncture improves outcomes with clomiphene also. There is no doubt that this ancient medicine has some wise wisdom that is worth embracing if you are on the fertility journey.
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