Fertility Treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine offers a very effective, time-proven approach to enhancing fertility and the treatment of infertility. In fact, acupuncture has been used successfully in fertility treatments for thousands of years.  Women looking for Non-Western methods of conceiving have found the remarkable effects of acupuncture on fertility and conception as these effects starting to become more widely understood and proven through scientific studies.

The Center for Reproductive Medicine in New York states the following:

…Acupuncture, being nontoxic and inexpensive as compared with other fertility treatments, has great promise as an alternative or complementary form of treatment. Scientists and physicians at the center have called for a definitive study on the use of acupuncture as a treatment for infertility, citing sundry promising benefits, including the following:

  • increased uterine blood flow (and therefore thickness of the uterine walls)
  • plasma levels of key fertility hormones;
  • normalization of hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and ovarian glands;
  • decreased stress hormones.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used in conjunction with Western reproductive medical methods or as a primary treatment. Acupuncture can be a helpful adjunct for women taking fertility drugs or using reproductive techniques such as IVF or IUI.  Acupuncture is also effective as a stand-alone system to treat infertility for those not undergoing conventional medical treatment. Acupuncture treatment helps to regulate hormonal activity, and as such, regulate menstruation, ovulation, and pregnancy.

Part of the effect of Acupuncture is that it powerfully reduces stress and decrease the sympathetic nervous system response. Multiple scientific studies have shown that high stress levels seem to reduce the likelihood of conceiving.  In addition, acupuncture has been shown to stimulate an improved uterine lining, thickening the endometrium, and preparing the uterus for implantation.

In men, acupuncture can improve sperm motility, volume and concentration as well as increase libido. From the perspective of Chinese medicine, optimum fertility enhancement would involve a course of treatments with the aim of nourishing the Kidney Essence and regulating the menstrual cycle as well as clearing any pathogens that may be interfering with the natural process of conception.
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