Pin Me

Acupressure: Treating Infertility Through Pressure Points

written by: MandaSpring • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 10/16/2008

Infertility is a hard thing for anyone to go through, especially married couples. Explore the method of acupressure which is an alternative medicine strategy that is widely used with infertile couples.

  • slide 1 of 2

    Acupressure is a great way to stimulate your body into doing whatever it is you need it to do. In this article we explore infertility and how we can use acupressure to recharge those essential pressure points that can enhance reproductive movement naturally.

    What Is Acupressure?

    Throughout the human body we have pressure points that are basically a control panel for various organs and bodily function. By stimulating these pertinent places your body can recharge itself.

    Acupressure is the alternative medicine method of applying force to a key area of the body known as a pressure point and rubbing vigorously before releasing that pressure. This produces strong blood flow in that specific area.

    Acupressure: A Woman’s Reproductive Phases

    Follicular Phase- The first phase of the menstrual cycle; the egg is maturing.

    Ovulation- The mature egg is released. Approximately day 14 of a normal 28-day menstrual cycle.

    Luteal Phase- Ovulation has occurred, and the corpus luteum produces progesterone to thicken the lining of the uterus for implantation.

    Premenstrual- Just before menstruation, a woman feels pain, swelling and other indications that fertilization has not occurred and the body prepares to shed the uterine lining.

    Menstruation - The phase of the menstrual cycle during which the lining of the uterus is released from the body.

    Infertility and Acupressure

    Chinese medicine includes Acupuncture. Acupressure is a little different. For instance there are no needles involved with acupressure. Instead you are simply dealing with gentle force. Below are well known areas for using acupressure when fighting infertility, regardless of what the causes might be. By combining all of these aspects you can achieve optimal functionality. This data was collected by two resources: Randine Lewis Ph.D, Reed Gach, Ph.D, via their published books.

    • Ear Triangular Fossa- This area is located in the upper portion of the ear underneath the ridge at the top. By using both hands and pinching with your fore finger and your thumb; begin massaging the fossa area. This stimulates the uterus and the fallopian tubes, not to mention relieves stress and lowers blood pressure.

    • Intertragic Notch- This is the portion of the ear that is the crevice above the ear lobe. The dip in your ear should be massaged lightly with your finger nail in an upward motion. These points affect ovarian production.

    • Eyebrows-Where your eyebrows begin at the center of your forehead use your thumb and begin massaging with slight pressure in a gentle circular motion. This helps promote many different functions and allows blood to flow freely.

    • Scalp- Your scalp has pressure points located at the hairline or slightly above. Above your forehead in the corners you can feel tender areas when you apply a small amount of pressure. By massaging these areas you are regulating reproductive and pelvic function.

    • Uterus and ovarian Pressure Points- There are several pressure points in these regions. I will go through them with you. Approximately 4 inches below your belly button, push in slightly with your index, middle, and ring finger and begin to rub with a gentle, yet firm force. This is your uterus and you are stimulating normal uterine function.

    • Five inches beneath the navel place your ruler to measure two inches across and this pressure point is at the center of the two inches. By using a circular massage and perhaps a little heat, this pressure point, when stimulated will treat disorders of infertility, menstruation problems and pain of child birth.

    • Ovarian pressure points would be at this uterus location but using a ruler measure three inches with the uterus pressure point being exactly in the middle. Using both hands, one on each side of the three inch measurement apply pressure and begin massaging in a circular motion. By stimulating these pressure points you can heal cases of cervical stenosis, infertility and menstrual problems.

    • Conception Meridian- This is located two inches below your belly button. In Chinese it is referred to as the "source of life". By massaging this point you will aid in conception by reinforcing kidney function and usually it is only to be done during menstruation and ovulation.

    • There are more pressure points on your back. These will obviously have to be done with the help of a partner. In the center of your back there are two pressure points on either side of your spine between each shoulder blade. At the end of your shoulder blade on the side of your spine is again another pressure point. In the small of your back there are four pressure points lined up laterally approximately an inch or so apart and your spine being the fifth pressure point exactly in the middle of the four. If your spouse gives you a massage, be sure they are deep massages and they cover all of these pressure points. This will stimulate blood flow to the important organs that control your reproductive health.

    Acupressure Healing Infertility

    Doctors such as Randine Lewis believe that statistics don’t lie and that acupressure can really work for women battling infertility. There are literally thousands of doctors around the globe that practice acupressure and acupuncture with the same positive results. So, the next time you think all of your options are exhausted, just remember that acupressure has a long history of helping treat cases of infertility.

  • slide 2 of 2

    Disclaimer

    The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. The information in this article is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always check with your physician before taking any products or following any advice you have read on Brighthub.com. Always consult your doctor before you start, stop or change anything that has been previously prescribed. Certain herbs and holistic remedies are unsuitable to take if you are pregnant or nursing and must always be cleared by your doctor before use