In my clinical experience as an acupuncturist, I have noticed that a woman’s fertility is particularly responsive to ancient, sophisticated systems of medicine such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I believe it’s because TCM views the body as an ecosystem with many moving parts, which mirrors the complex structure of a woman’s fertility. Ancient therapies are what I first turn to when something ails me, my family, or my patients because they work, they are gentle on the body, and they promote bringing the body back into balance instead of throwing it more off balance just to eliminate symptoms. (Of course, sometimes western medicine is absolutely necessary! I have been immensely grateful...
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