According to the theories of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture channel theory, infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi (pronounced “Chee”) and blood affecting the healthy functioning of one or more of the organ systems in the human body.
In the text book – Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine, translated by Nigel Wiseman and Andrew Ellis, it is stated, “The ancient Chinese perceived the existence of qi and believed it to be the basic substance by which all movements and mutations [changes] of all phenomena in the universe arise. In the context of medicine, it is believed to be a fundamental constituent of the body. The movements and mutations of qi explain all physiologic activity.”
When Qi and blood are circulating freely throughout the body, every part of our body functions optimally. Acupuncture can raise the fertility potential of women by effecting the quality, quantity, balance and flow of Qi and blood. Please keep in mind as you are reading below that the organs described reflect ancient Chinese medical theories and philosophies based on the best scientific observations of nature and our bodies at the time.
The Three Main Organ Systems
Spleen Organ System
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory the Spleen is responsible for generating (Qi) energy and blood and then sending it on its way to circulate throughout the body. A deficiency of (Qi) energy within the spleen can result in an inadequate supply and imbalance of the quantity and flow of Qi and blood within the entire body. An adequate supply of blood is required by a woman’s body to sustain a normal reproductive and menstrual cycle, an adequately thick endometrium and a healthy pregnancy as well as good overall health. Acupuncture can restore the proper functioning of the Spleen which allows it to build and nourish Qi and blood in order to promote a healthy flow of energy and blood to the uterus as well as the rest of the body.
Liver Organ System
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, the liver is in charge of regulating the proper flow of (Qi) energy and blood throughout the entire body. While the Spleen generates Qi and blood the Liver makes sure it travels in the correct direction. In order to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy, it is important to have the proper free flow of Qi and blood throughout the body. Hormones travel throughout our body to their intended destinations via our blood stream. When it is out of balance, areas of the body will not receive the needed and correct amount of Qi and blood. This imbalance can lead to the increased possibility of infertility as well as irritability, shortness of temper and feelings of stress, depression and anxiety.
Kidney Organ System
According to Traditional Chinese Medical theory the kidneys are responsible for generating what is known as essence (or Jing in Chinese). They basically provide the heat (power) that runs the generating of all Qi and blood in the body. The Chinese also believe the Kidney’s store our Pre-Natal Qi or our inherited genetic health that is passed on to us through our mother. It is theorized that they have a direct relationship to the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian (HPO) Axis and therefore are involved in the development, maintenance and flow of reproductive hormones.