If you are having trouble getting pregnant, acupuncture may help you to conceive. Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, dealing with releasing energy blockages in your body. Your acupuncturist may suggest that you also follow a diet for infertility. This involves eating foods that help support your energy flow, making it easier for you to become pregnant.
Yin vs. Yang
Traditional Chinese Medicine studies the “yin” and “yang” energies in your body and tries to bring them into balance. Yin energy is cool and calming, while yang is warm and active. The period before you ovulate is the yin phase, and the yang phase comes after ovulation. Many women who have trouble conceiving have a “kidney yang deficiency,” which means that the kidneys aren’t functioning optimally.
Yin Phase Foods
During the yin phase of your cycle, you should focus your diet on fruits, which can keep the body cool. Eat from protein sources, like fish or tofu, but opt for organic versions. Eat fish that is low in mercury. Avoid foods that are spicy, as these increase the yang energy.
Yang Phase Foods
In the yang phase of your cycle, it’s fine to spice things up to increase your warmth. Try making a vegetarian chili or a spicy curry. Avoid eating raw vegetables during this time, which take energy from your body to warm them up. Instead, you can lightly saute your vegetables to warm them up. Beans and whole grains can help fill you up at this time. Don’t drink ice-cold drinks, which also take away warming energy.
Foods For Your Blood
Your “chi”–or blood–is especially important in Traditional Chinese Medicine. If you don’t have a healthy blood flow, then your yin and yang energies are likely to be off balance. Berries, like raspberries and blackberries, can improve the quality of your blood, as can organic meat and chicken. Dark leafy green vegetables are another way to improve your blood.
Foods to Avoid
Caffeine and alcohol can hinder your energy and your chances of getting pregnant–avoid them. You should also avoid milk, sugar and refined carbohydrates. The chemicals used in pesticides and hormones used in meat production may also work against you. Purchase organic produce and meats to avoid these toxins.
Before and After Treatment
Avoid eating a heavy meal immediately before and after your acupuncture treatment. If you must eat, stick with something light, like a salad, soup or a piece of fruit.