Tend Your Soil

 My daughter Rio and I attempted our first vegetable garden this year. The other day, we were admiring the fruits of our labour. Eager with anticipation, much love and hard work went into tending the soil for our vegetables to thrive in. With bated breath, we grew ourselves a lovely garden. Having a special interest in reproductive health, this made me think of the importance the uterine lining plays in conception.

As Angela C. Wu suggests in her book Fertility Wisdom, “The lining of the uterus is like the soil in a garden: For a seed to sprout, the medium in which it is growing must be healthy enough to support strong roots. When a woman’s endometrial lining is too thin or too thick, it can be difficult for an embryo to implant in the uterus.” The health and thickness of the endometrial lining is a very common concern for which women come into the clinic for treatment and one for which acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be of help. I want to share with you some interesting research on this topic which indicates acupuncture can help to achieve a healthy endometrial lining.

Stener-Victorin et al. suggest that by using certain acupuncture points, blood flow to the uterus can be increased and thereby result in significant improvements in pregnancy rates. (Stener research study). The following pilot study by Yu et al. supports previous research indicating acupuncture improves uterine lining thickness as compared to previous cycles. (Yu research study).

For more research on reproductive health and beyond, please visit the resource section of our website here.

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