“Today, even high-tech reproductive specialists are looking to Chinese medicine to help those fertility patients for whom Western science alone is not quite enough.” WebMD
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The Treatment of Female Infertility with Reproductive Acupuncture. The treatment of infertility with acupuncture dates back 2,000 years. Modern research has shown that these ancient, time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and support a woman’s whole body, unlocking unlimited potential for health, healing and childbearing.
Studies reported by The American Pregnancy Association suggest that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture and traditional medical interventions. However, conception does sometimes occur without traditional medical interventions when acupuncture is used alone.1
Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York reviewed recent studies and concluded that acupuncture helps to:
- Increase blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall.
- Reduce anxiety and stress. The hormones that are secreted during stressful situations can significantly decrease fertility.
- Normalize hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, especially in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
- Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility.
- Regulate menstrual cycle.2
In a study of 160 women, published April 2002 in the reproductive journal Fertility and Sterility, a group of German researchers found that adding acupuncture to the traditional IVF treatment protocols substantially increased pregnancy success.
In this study one group of 80 patients received two, 25-minute acupuncture treatments — one prior to having fertilized embryos transferred into their uterus, and one directly afterwards. The second group of 80, who also underwent embryo transfer, received no acupuncture treatments.
The result: While women in both groups got pregnant, the rate was significantly higher in the acupuncture group — 34 pregnancies, compared with 21 in the women who received IVF alone. (Click WebMD for more information.)
In a 2007 study, researchers found that acupuncture may improve the quality of life in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). It was also found that women receiving acupuncture reported significantly less abdominal pain, other pain, nausea, and stress two hours after oocyte aspiration (egg collection) compared to women receiving conventional analgesia.3
In 2008, the British Medical Journal published research which concluded that acupuncture can be offered as a significant, clinically relevant adjunct to IVF, relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow for the successful implantation of an embryo within the uterine lining.4
An acupuncturist’s approach to fertility.
According to the theories of acupuncture and TCM, infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi (pronounced “chee”) and blood affecting the healthy functioning of one or more of the organ systems. When Qi, also known as our vital energy, and blood are circulating freely throughout the body, every cell, tissue and organ is properly nourished and can function well. Acupuncture can raise the fertility potential of women by affecting the quality, quantity, balance and flow of Qi and blood.
Acupuncture provides a safe, effective, drug-free, and natural approach to treating infertility and enjoying a healthy pregnancy. Here are a few reasons to try acupuncture:
- An acupuncturist does not treat just symptoms and signs, but instead activates the body’s natural healing potential by treating the root causes that have lead to the problem or disease.
- Acupuncture is completely natural. No drugs are ever used. Invasive procedures and drug therapies that are used in the Western treatment of infertility can cause undesirable side effects and accumulated toxicity in the body.
- Acupuncture can be used to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, therefore can increase the effectiveness of other procedures.
If you want to maximize your chances of a successful pregnancy, then please read on about these exciting developments that you can do to enhance your fertility.
Qi Gong. Qi Gong, for our purposes, refers to energy exercises. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew a way of stimulating your energy to complement your acupuncture treatments? In other words, continue the benefits of the treatments in between those important healing sessions. With over twenty years of acupuncture practice and forty years of Qi Gong experience, David is uniquely qualified to present Qi Gong for Fertility Enhancement. If having a family is the most important thing in your life right now, then you’ll want to know more about this powerful, energy-based healing method that you can do in only five minutes a day. Please call if interested in classes or private lessons.
Stress. The negative impact of stress on a woman’s ability to conceive is well-established. Acupuncture treatments for fertility address this issue and are delivered in a very relaxed environment. In addition, David is the creator of The Worry-Free Process, a simple and highly effective method of reducing stress, worry and fear. The process does not require meditation and is done while you are experiencing stress. He is currently writing a book on the process which is due out later this year (2014). Feel free to call for more information on this ground-breaking new approach to stress reduction.
- American Pregnancy Association. http://www.americanpregnancy.org/infertility/acupuncture.htm.
- Five ways acupuncture can boost fertility. Prevention.com. 2002.
- Alternative Therapies, May/June 2007, Vol. 13 No.3.
- Manheimer, E., et. al. Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal. February 2008;336:545-549.