Chinese medicine has been treating infertility for over a thousand years with references dating way back to the oracle bones. This subtle and natural approach lies in slowly building the body’s precious substances such as blood, qi and essence. Ideally this can be done through diet, especially considering that here in Australia our soils are mineral deficient and minerals are essential to reproduction. When we regularly include nourishing foods rich in vitamins and minerals, they improve our wellbeing which extends to our fertility.
So here are my top ten favourite foods to nourish the body’s blood, qi and protect jing. Jing is our essence, what keeps us young and healthy and enables us to procreate and pass on this essence of life to our children. In Chinese medicine, having good jing levels translates to being fertile and it is worth knowing that women and men lose their jing differently. Men lose their jing through ejaculating, thus having too much sex or excessive masturbating can destroy a man’s jing. A woman loses her jing through menstruation every month, so when periods are heavy and debilitating it can exhaust the body and age it. Another way to conserve jing is to rest, so taking it easy when you need to and listening to your body is the best way to go.
- Eggs – organic, pastured, my grandmother tells me to eat uovo sbattuto every day – a well beaten raw egg with a little sugar and marsala, it is pure jing tonic!
- Bee pollen – great sprinkled on fruit with yoghurt
- Berries – all kinds, make sure you wash them because they often have pesticides, they astringe the essence with that sour flavour they have. Cherries are good for the blood
- Bone broth
- Liver – most nutrient dense food
- Kefir – great for immunity and generally wellbeing so you stay well and don’t tax the jing
- Fish eggs, roe or caviar
- Algae & seaweed
- Nuts and seeds – consume in small amounts organic, preferably soaked
- Butter and ghee – so good! Use ghee to fry food and on vegetables etc, very nouishing for the body
xx Ilana Sowter Acupuncture Melbourne, @Ivanhoe