Heidi Brockmyre M.S., L.Ac., a fertility expert and acupuncturist with a background in Chinese medicine and 10 years of experience helping hundreds of women create a fertile mind and body, and finally manifest the baby that they and their partners have dreamed of. She focuses on preparing the mind, body, and spirit for fertility and pregnancy and talk about how Chinese medicine, the Law of Attraction, and manifesting plays into that.
So first, can you briefly talk about yourself and your expertise?
I have over 10 years of clinical experience as an acupuncturist and fertility specialist treating hundreds of women in my clinic and through my revolutionary online programs. I teach thousands of women around the world how to empower themselves to their fertile health into their own hands using the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine.
We have shared an article about fertility acupuncture. As an expert, can you tell us more about how acupuncture help infertility?
I use both acupuncture AND acupressure to help infertility. Acupuncture is done in the clinic using needles to stimulate acupoints by a licensed acupuncturist. Acupressure can be done by yourself or by someone else in the comfort of your home. It is done by stimulating the same acupoints as used in acupuncture, but with you fingers instead of with needles. Acupressure is a great way to support your acupuncture treatments OR is an effective alternative to acupuncture if you can't get acupuncture or you're terrified of needles.
Both systems work the same way. The acupoint meridians run throughout your body circulating blood, oxygen and nutrients. The blood and energy flows through the meridians like water flows in a river. In some areas, the flow may get backed up. Where the flow is blocked, you may get some damage. Because of the blockage, other areas aren't getting enough flow, so these areas will also have problems. This is also true for fertility. Many fertility problems are caused by a blockage of flow. And other problems are caused by a lack of nutrients, oxygen and fresh blood cells.
The acupoints have increased electrical activity that sends signals to your brain and nervous system to increase flow to specific areas of the body and balance out your system. When you stimulate the points (whether with a needle or with your fingers), you're telling the body how to bring flow back into balance.
What do you think is the biggest difference between oriental medicine and western medical system? Do you think they can work together and help each other in fertility treatments? How?
The biggest difference is that Western medicine is more about crisis control. You go to western medicine when a problem has gotten bad. Instead of trying to get to the root cause of the problem, western medicine looks to work around the problem and deal with the symptoms of the problem with medication and/or surgery.
Eastern medicine does not treat 'disease', but rather treats the individual person. The Chinese medical diagnostic system is designed to understand what the root of the problem is and to bring the body back into a state of health and balance, rather than simply control symptoms or work around the problem.
Yes, the two medicines can absolutely work together. I use Chinese medicine to support western fertility treatment all the time. Chinese medicine can help to better prepare the body so that western fertility treatments are more effective and successful. By doing so, the side effects are lessened. The sooner you're successful, the less drugs and invasive treatments you'll need.
In the theory of Chinese medicine, it’s important to balance the Yin and Yang of the body. Can you explain briefly what are Ying and Yang and share some tips to balance them?
This is a pretty big topic, and so is hard to summarize in a brief answer. But in short, Yin is the substance and fluids of your body (like your eggs and cervical mucus). It is tangible matter. Where as Yang is function. It's the physiological processes that take place in your body (like the energy to stimulate ovulation). Yang is warm and Yin is cold. The Yin relies on Yang to make Yin, while the Yang relies on Yin to provide substance for function.
Getting plenty of sleep (8 hours every night) and being in bed before 11p is one of the best things you can do to nourish your yin.
Eating a warm breakfast, avoiding excessive amounts of cold and raw food and keeping your feet warm is one of the best ways to preserve your Yang, especially for fertility.
For male infertility, low sperm amount or activity is the most common cause. Do you have any diet tips or remedies that a man can practice at home?
Avoiding alcohol (especially around the time of conception!) and caffeine will help. Eating plenty of anti-oxidant rich fruits and veggies and/or taking a daily antioxidant powder will help to improve sperm quality. Stress reduction is also very important.
What herbs and food in Chinese medicine do you use lots to help increase couple’s chances of pregnancy? Is it safe to have those herbs and food at home since they are natural?
I prescribe customized herbal remedies for my patients. It is not recommended to self-prescribe Chinese herbs. But in general I encourage women to eat warm daily breakfast, cooked vegetables, nourishing soups and stews and plenty of animal protein. I also recommended drinking a cup of bone broth every day. [Also check out blog "Top 6 Foods to Boost Your Chances of Getting Pregnant" to know what to eat during your TTC journey]
By the way, one of the most important things I teach is that the first step to a healthy pregnancy is to establish a healthy menstrual cycle. I offer a FREE Quiz "How Fertile is Your Cycle?" so you can understand the clues your cycle gives you about your fertile health. You'll immediately get your results along with my recommended solutions based on your answers. Your readers can sign up for the free quiz by clicking here.