My readers already know I’m a Southern girl. I grew up in a community where the words “Eastern Medicine” and “Holistic Healing” would likely be interpreted as something a doctor from New York would do and some unusual Sunday church ritual (respectively). If you went on to explain that you were actually referring to medicine from East Asia, the person you’d be speaking to might ask, “Is that anything like what them voodoo folk do in New Orleans?”
Some of you may be laughing at me, but after my previous post, I got some emails from folks that were a bit outraged that I suggested that “infertility” is a condition largely made up by pharmaceutical companies to profit off of emotionally vulnerable women.
One man wrote the following:
My wife and I are huge fans of your blog. It’s given us a lot of insight and inspiration, but I’m honestly a bit offended that you would say that infertility is “made up.” It feels like a slap in the face to hear you say that.
My wife and I have been trying to conceive for 28 months now, and it’s not looking good for us. How can you tell us we’re just imagining this?!
Perhaps there’s something I’m not understanding about the Eastern view of infertility. Could you please explain this better?
Looking forward to hearing from you,
I completely understand this reader’s outrage so I’d like to better explain why I’m convinced Eastern medicine holds the key to infertility.
Eastern medicine looks at the entire body a complex interrelated system, and not just at its malfunctioning parts.
As you already know, cancer often originate in one part of the body and spreads to other parts of the body. This sad reality is well known and widely accepted, there is nothing controversial about it. The cancer, although it originates in one place, does not care about distinction of body parts, it sees all cells in the body as the same
Now, let’s talk about how Western medicine perceives and attempts to treat infertility. The Western approach to infertility seeks to find what is “broken” in the reproductive organs and fix it. The assumption is that, if you can’t get pregnant, the problem must originate in the reproductive organs and related glands. However, what if the source of the problem were not actually IN the vagina/uterus/ovaries, but only manifested there. What if the root cause of infertility were actually in the kidneys? As it happens to be, Chinese medicine does believe that the kidneys play a primary role in reproductive health.
Are you surprised?
I found this strange at first too, but I quickly realized that there is absolutely nothing that suggests that my infertility originates in my reproductive system. As it all started to become clearer, I began to see how fertility drugs do not solve the cause of infertility, but only treat it superficially.
Therefore, in order to treat infertility properly, a holistic, or “whole-body” approach is necessary, and this is precisely what is offered in the Eastern techniques taught in The Pregnancy Miracle.
What with “Energy?” Sounds like hocus-pocus to me.
Not quite. In the Pregnancy Miracle, Lisa discusses different kinds of energies (e.g. ying, yang, chi, etc.) to explain “imbalances” in the body that cause infertility. Although this sounds like some “new age” nonsense at first, it’s actually quite logical. In fact, I now find it bizarre that the concept of energy is entirely missing from Western medicine.
If we accept that the body is indeed a complex, interrelated whole, rather than a bunch of loosely related parts, then we need some way to understand how each part of the body communicates with the rest. Western medicine breaks the body into individual “systems,” where the “blood” is the messenger of the cardiovascular system, neurons are the messengers of the nervous system. But the Western approach still fails to explain how all of these systems coexist within the body. How do they all work together? This is precisely what the concept of “energy” explains in eastern medicine – how the bodies parts function with respect to whole at the most basic level.
Still sound a bit farfetched? Well take this into consideration – Western medicine accepts that the nervous system is literally an electrical network. Read that again, electrical network. So the significant of energies isn’t hocus pocus afterall? Western medicine doesn’t reject the concept of energy in the body, it just offers an incomplete account.
Ok. So what’s this talk about “broken” vs “imbalanced?”
Excellent question. I previously said that my Western doctors labeled me “infertile” due to my abnormally high FSH levels. That’s it. In their eyes, my body was broken. In order to fix it, they would need introduce foreign substances into my body, namely fertility drugs, which made me feel sick and didn’t help me get pregnant for 3 years.
The Eastern approach in The Pregnancy Miracle does not accept that I am broken nor that I need outside help to be fixed. Instead, it believes that I am “imbalanced” and that the “cure” does not require much outside help, but a realignment of the forces within my body. Besides the fact that that is an incredibly empowering mindset, it also opens up pathways to alternative cures for infertility such as acupuncture, herbal supplementation, special dieting, meditation, etc.
With this said, any woman that has been diagnosed as “infertile” should be EXTREMELY interested in the Holistic approach of the Pregnancy Miracle.
I hope this has helped resolve a lot of misconceptions around Eastern medicine as a path to fertility. I am absolutely convinced that the Eastern approach is much more effective for women with fertility problems.
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I sincerely hope this post will encourage many more couples to join our no-is-not-an-option fertility community! Can’t wait to have you with us!