Cultivate the Soil

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If you’ve been to Acubalance lately, you’ve probably seen the beautiful Inuit print, gifted to us by the Doctors at Olive Fertility, hanging in our reception area. It’s one of my favourite prints. It’s a picture of an Inuit woman foraging the fertile earth to retrieve her precious bounty, a new baby. Every culture has its own legends about where babies come from, but my favourite by far, depicted in this print, comes from Inuit lore: Babies come into the world when the mother digs for them in the earth, and pries them loose from the ground in which they grow. In this conception of the world, life comes from the soil. And this reminds me of our motto here at the clinic: cultivate the soil before planting the seed.

When it comes to fertility, we can truly cultivate the soil by taking advantage of the preconception time to prepare the body to nurture a new life. There are several ways I recommend doing this.


  1. Acupuncture: along with all the wonderful things acupuncture can do, it’s main function with fertility is to engage the parasympathetic nervous system to redirect blood flow back to the reproductive organs. It dilates the vessels irrigating the uterus and ovaries to bring fresh, oxygenated blood where you want it most. Here’s an article about blood flow and its importance for fertility.

  2. Supplements: Many people believe that prenatal vitamins are just for when you’re pregnant. However, ideally you would start your supplements at least 3 months before you start trying to conceive. My usual recommendations are prenatal, CoQ10, Fish Oils, Vitamin D and NAC. In this article, I explain the reasoning behind the three month window.

  3. Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs: These formulas are built specifically for you based on your TCM diagnosis. They can be very effective for many aspects of the fertility journey, such as painful periods, digestive issues, low energy, and poor sleep.

  4. Laser therapy (LLLT): Acubalance is at the forefront of laser therapy for the treatment of fertility. The laser works by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, improving blood flow, and increasing ATP production in the mitochondria.

Even at the darkest, coldest time of the year, you can take advantage of the opportunity to improve your health on a deep level. Springtime will come, and when it does, you’ll know that everyday, you have slowly fed and nourished your body to make it ready to receive a healthy baby.

If you’re interested, here’s a link to the little known Inuit legend about a woman named Kakuarshuk who eventually finds her way to her baby. I hope it inspires you as it does me.

If you have any questions about your own health situation, call Acubalance today and book a 15 free phone consultation. I'm always available for a chat.