In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the time period required for postpartum recovery is called “Chan Ru" (产褥). "Chan" means "childbirth," and "Ru" means "cotton mattress." Therefore, it is recommended to be on bed rest for 6 to 8 weeks following childbirth. This time period is also popularly called "Zuo Yue Zi" (坐月子), or "month-long period of confinement."
Needles will be placed on the lower belly at times, but they will also be utilized on vital spots on the legs, feet, hands, and arms. Auricular acupuncture points, which are sites on the ear that have a relaxing effect, are also frequently used.
Acupuncture takes a few months to help a lady become pregnant naturally, depending on one’s constitution. Natural conception can be accelerated if both the father and the woman undertake lifestyle and dietary modifications. Taking Chinese fertility herbs can help speed up acupuncture treatment.
Your acupuncturist will customize treatments to your needs, but 1–3 appointments per week are usually recommended. After the first, each session can run up to an hour, with a 20–40-minute needle sessions followed by a conversation period to keep your acupuncturist up to date.
Some people may be able to conceive naturally without the use of invasive surgeries or hormonal medicines if TCM helps with infertility disorders including lowering inflammation or increasing blood circulation and reproductive organ functions.
Women with PCOS have claimed that weekly acupuncture sessions at TCM clinics improve ovulation, improve BMI, lower LH, estrogen, and testosterone levels, promote ovulation reaction, and effectively shorten menstrual cycles.
The herb Tribulus （刺蒺藜）, which is also used in Chinese medicine, can help both male and female fertility. Tribulus may aid in the normalization of the cycle and the creation of predictable ovulation in women with irregular ovulation, particularly those with PCOS.