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Discover why Shiatsu is a viable addition or alternative to Western medicine’s infertility

treatment.
Infertility affects millions of couples around the world. Although there are a wide range
of physiological reasons for infertility, medical treatment to foster conception can have
many side effects and is typically very expensive. Because of its effectiveness, safety
and relative low cost, Shiatsu is a favorable option for a growing number of men and
women hoping to expand their family.
What Is Infertility?
Affecting 10 to 15 percent of American couples, most experts define infertility as not
being able to get pregnant after at least one year of unprotected, sexual intercourse.
Women who are able to get pregnant but then have repeat miscarriages are also
considered infertile. Infertility may be due to a single cause in a man or woman, or a
combination of factors that prevents a pregnancy from occurring or continuing.
A result of a complex sequence of events, the following four phases must occur for a
woman to become pregnant:
1. Ovulation – A woman must release an egg from one of her ovaries.
2. Egg Travel – The egg must travel through a fallopian tube toward the woman’s
uterus.
3. Fertilization – A man’s sperm must find and fertilize the egg.
4. Implantation – The fertilized egg must attach to the inside of the uterus.
Infertility can result from problems that interfere with any of these steps.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) considers infertility to be a reflection of an energetic
blockage or imbalance. With the goal of unblocking and rebalancing the affected
individual’s energy flow, TCM treatments have demonstrated effectiveness in improving
male and female reproductive function.
In the traditional literature of TCM, fertility is closely related to the health of the
following channels: Kidney, Liver, Spleen, Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel.
More specifically, the following TCM patterns are known to interfere with conception:
 A deficiency in the Kidney and Liver energetic organs disrupts the endocrine system,
resulting in a hormonal imbalance that can prevent ovulation or implantation.
 Stagnant energy and/or blood in any of the five channels (but especially in the
Governing and Conception Vessels) can easily prohibit ovulation, egg travel,
fertilization or implantation.
 Besides hampering sperm and egg production, damp heat in the Liver or Conception
Vessel channels causes inflammation that can irritate the delicate tissues needed for
reproduction – thus impeding their function.
According to experts, stimulating key points encourages the energy within these
channels to flow in a smooth, healthy fashion – thus improving chances for conception.
Shiatsu
Based on TCM theory, Shiatsu is an ideal, non-invasive application to improve
circulation in the Kidney, Liver, Spleen, Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel
channels. After Shiatsu practitioners evaluate their clients and conclude which TCM
pattern is most likely responsible for infertility, they can focus on stimulating the
following points:
 Kidney and liver deficiency – Kidney 3, Conception Vessel 4 and Spleen 6
 Stagnant energy or blood – Liver 3, Spleen 8, Spleen 10, Spleen 6
 Damp heat inflammation – Spleen 6, Spleen 9, Stomach 40, Gallbladder 34
While carefully directed Shiatsu treatments can help resolve an imbalance that is
prohibiting conception, practitioners must remember which points to steer clear of on
women who might be pregnant. On pregnant (or potentially pregnant) women, avoid:
 Points on the sacrum and lower abdomen
 Spleen 6
 Large Intestine 4
Of particular interest is Spleen 6 – which is advised in all stages of fertility treatment,
yet contraindicated during pregnancy. Thus, whenever working with clients trying to
conceive (whether they are having trouble or not), Shiatsu therapists must know if
there is any chance of a pregnancy.
When a couple’s attempts to procreate have been unsuccessful, they are likely to
explore their options within allopathic and alternative medical practices. Massage
therapists with an understanding of reproductive health, TCM pattern differentiation and
Shiatsu can help balance their clients’ energetic channels to overcome their fertility
challenges.
How to apply acupressure – DO IT YORSELF
When you begin practicing acupressure, apply pressure for one to three minutes and gradually work up to holding
points longer. Too much stimulation on a point may result in headache or nausea. Use the ball of the thumb, the soft
part, than keep applying pressure until you feel you reached the bottom of the point. It usually happens when you feel
tenderness .
When applying pressure in the belly use the four fingers of both hand together and apply continues pressure until you
reach the bottom of the point. Best time to massage is in the morning before you get up and after shower. Use a good
massage oil with hormonal properties.
1. Begin by brushing your skin dry with a dry skin brush.
2. Massage your belly clockwise and anticlockwise .
3. Move the brush towards your chest, top of shoulders and inner thighs to stimulate the Spleen, Liver and Kidney
meridians.
4. Take your shower then continue applying pressure with four fingers of both hands.
5. Begin just below the sternum, move to the stomach area then proceed clockwise looking for tender spots. When
you find it, apply pressure and hold two breaths. Continue in circular movement.
6. Focus your pressure on points located at the stomach, beside belly bottom and below
belly bottom in the centre line. (see the diagram on the left).
Tips for Fertility
Follow your intuition. Become the woman you always wanted to be and be comfortable in your body because
when we come to know our true self and live from our authentic self we put ourselves in a wonderful place,
we live with joy, enthusiasm and we can move onto receiving our child.

It is said that becoming „in tune‟ with the sacral chakra by exercising, through yoga poses, that these energy
blockages can become opened and may increase chances of conception. There are many simple poses to strengthen
the pelvic region and the sacral chakra. As this charka is a water element it is important to keep plenty of water
flowing through your system. (Drinking water has been linked to an increase in Cervical mucus.)
It also helps to add visualization to the process of the movement for further benefit. For example, visualize the color
orange, wearing the healing carnelian gemstone, and imagining your reproductive organs becoming fertile, while
saying positive affirmations to yourself either out loud or to yourself such as, “I am fertile”.