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Our Walnut Creek Acupuncture Experts Explore Management of Stress in Fertility Care

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If you have been struggling with infertility for any amount of time, you probably have friends and loved ones trying to give you advice to manage the pain. But as you probably know, it rarely works, and the stress continues to have negative psychological and physiological effects on your body. Luckily, our Walnut Creek acupuncture team understands the holistic ways that can rid yourself of it this stress and the pain that comes with it.

Exercise is crucial. At Monarch Acupuncture & Wellness, our team recommends about 45 minutes of brisk walking 4 to 5 times each week. Other standard exercises are also beneficial. However, it’s important not to exercise too much. In Chinese medicine, too much sweating is believed to decrease the body’s “yin” fluids, which are needed for reproduction. Avoid activities like hot Yoga or Bikram that cause rolling, heavy sweats.

Meditation is a great way to calm your body and bring your stress hormones to baseline levels. If you can sit still for long enough, this practice can help you free your mind in just 20 to 30 minutes.

Qi Gong and/or Tai Chi. Whether you enroll in a class or follow internet videos, both of these practices are great ways to get centered and relaxed.

Use a rocking chair. Some Chinese yoga practitioners consider this the American form of meditation. Just fifteen minutes of rocking daily in a quiet setting is enough to have a benefit.

Laugh! As the old adage says, laughter is the best medicine. A 2011 study even suggests that laughter decreases multiple stress markers.

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The last benefit is what our Walnut Creek experts recommend the most: acupuncture. In one study, female patients experiencing an IVF cycle reported decreased stress, increased feelings of relaxation, and the ability to cope better for a week following this unique treatment. For more information, contact our acupuncturists today by filling out a form.