Q:My partner and I do not have any health problems, and yet we
are unable to conceive. We have tried every modern medical method to no avail. Now I am trying
Chinese meditation and qigong. Do you have any other recommendations? Also, I have strong and
painful menstruation. Could this be related?
A:Conception is a complex activity involving many systems in your
body and in your partnerís body. In order to better prepare your body for conception, there are three
areas you need to focus on. They are:
1. Diet: You and your partner should eat regularly, ingesting healthy foods that do not contain
preservatives and hormones. Also, you should drink more water. Do not smoke, drink alcohol, and do not
drink coffee. Weight is also a problem, especially for men. If this is an issue for your partner,
advise him to lose some of the extra weight.
2. Energy: It is essential that your rest and sleeping patterns are coordinated to give you the
optimum energy balance. You should get at least 8 hours of sleeping per day, and go to sleeping before
11pm. You should not do strenuous exercises, including aerobics, bicycling, or running. In general, any
activity that induces adrenalin may also increase androgenic hormones and create imbalances in your
3. Emotions: You need to remain calm and avoid excess emotions of all kinds. Meditate regularly,
though I would caution against too strong a stimulation with some of the qigong meditations. These tend
to strongly stimulate the energy pathways and may have an adverse effect. Your menstruation is directly
related to your liver (according to traditional Chinese medicine), which is also directly tied to your
I strongly advise you to consult a licensed practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, who can
advise and prescribe dietary and herbal preparations.
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