In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is important to increase your fertility by increasing the Qi of your Kidneys. If you are unfamiliar with TCM, it is based on Five Elements that corresponds to organs in the body. The basic theory of Chinese medicine is to create balance within the organs and more specifically the Qi, (pronounced “Chi”), or vital force that runs through each organ meridian. Channels that run through the body and connect to one another are known as meridians. Each meridian contains the Qi that can be either deficient, in excess, stuck or imbalanced. The premise of Chinese medicine relates to restoring deficient Qi, clearing excess Qi and creating smooth and balanced Qi. This becomes essential when preparing to conceive.
The Kidney Qi is what gives you your foundation of energy and what is needed to give to the baby. When we look at the Qi of a particular meridian this leads to a further balance of Yin and Yang. The Kidney Qi is broken down into Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang. Yin relates to the aspect of the Chi and organ that is cooling, relaxing, nourishing, soothing and restorative. Opposite to Yin is Yang, which is the drive, the heat, the fire, the ambition, the “go-go-go” energy of your body. It is important that both Yin and Yang are balanced. Deficiency or excess of either Yin or Yang create an imbalance and disharmony in the body leading to reduced function and disease. Because the Kidney Qi is vital in fertility and usually declines with age and chronic stress, it is one of the most important places to balance and tonify or build in relation to infertility. It is important to increase Kidney Yin and Yang as it can increase your ability to conceive.