Grief is a universal human experience. It transcends culture, race, and gender since it affects all of us. At some point, we will all go through in our lifetime. However, the loss an expecting mother can suffer is an inexplicable experience. She might feel a more complex level of sadness, hopelessness, and anger. Due to the lack of intimacy, the lack of touch that was withheld from her when she discovers that she may have difficulties bearing a child is what amplifies her stress and anxiety.
If these statements resonate to you, remember that there is a way to overcome this trauma. One profound healing method that you can trust is the holistic approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM in short. Practitioners specialising in TCM can use therapeutic methods, such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies, and nutritional diet to treat these stress- and anxiety-related conditions.
In this article, you will find a deeper understanding of what stress and anxiety look like from the TCM perspective, what treatments they will use, and how it can improve your fertility process.
Stress for TCM
According to TCM, stress affects the harmonical flow of Qi within your body. When you experience stress, there will be stagnation of Liver Qi which may lead to excessive internal Heat and poor Blood circulation. If not treated, it may disrupt the balance in your body and cause other health problems.
You will notice symptoms such as – irritability, weight gain, body pain, and headaches. Your Spleen’s function is to maintain the seamless transformation and transportation of food to your digestive system. If it gets impeded by stress, it will lead to internal dampness. This excess of fluid can only be eliminated with the right diet with the guidance of a TCM practitioner. It may include food that helps dry and drain excess dampness, such as:
- Chinese Yam
- Whole grains
- Sweet Potato
- Job’s Tears barley
Combining the right diet with TCM’s acupuncture, it will work in relieving congested energies to return the natural flow of Qi in your body. Since pregnancy complications are a symptom of chronic stress, regular acupuncture sessions from your TCM clinic in Singapore may help in restoring your fertility. Allow a professional TCM practitioner elaborate on this with you during a consultation.
Anxiety for TCM
Fearing for the future is what people often describe anxiety, but to TCM it is the disorder of Shan You Si, which affects the imbalance of your Zang Organs that are responsible for your emotions. There is a consistent fire in your Heart Zang, which is usually grounded in Yin substance so that it is burning at a safe and calm level unless it is counter flowed by anxiety’s energy. Insomnia, panic attacks, and palpitations are the common symptoms of this, and it is vital to sustaining emotional balance when this occurs.
Through TCM herbs, which may also be prescribed as confinement herbs, it will treat these symptoms by nourishing the heart. The Chinese herb formulations used to treat anxiety are:
- Polygonum Root (何首烏 He Shou Wu)
- Jujube Date (红枣 Hong Zao)
- Rehmannia Root (熟地黄 Shu Di Huang)
- Ginseng (人参 Ren Shen)
- Semen Ziziphi Spinosae (酸枣仁 Suan Zao Ren)
Acupuncture is still a powerful treatment to help enhance your Heart’s function as well. You can also learn at-home massages on the head and foot from a TCM practitioner. Allow them to give you the natural remedies that can promote fertility at the same time, maintain your Heart health to heal your stress and anxiety.
TCM in restoring fertility
Every mother goes through the different stages of grief at their own pace. Remember, all your emotions are valid and getting through this emotional challenge with your partner is crucial to preparing yourself for the next pregnancy.
There are plenty of options that you and your partner can take when you open your arms to the treatment plans of TCM for fertility. With their philosophy to regard your body and lifestyle as a single system, you can expect a detailed and hands-on fertility treatment focused on improving sperm quality, and ovaries function from a TCM practitioner.
Our TCM practitioners here at Thomson Chinese Medicine have mastered tailoring treatments according to a patient’s case. We offer unique fertility treatment plans because we look into your medical history, lifestyle, and goals.
Let our TCM practitioners give the health care that you need by booking a consultation in our clinic today!