How acupuncture works
The treatment of infertility with acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dates back 2,000 years. These ancient, time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and support a woman’s whole body, allowing for unlimited potential for health, healing, and childbearing. Studies reported by The American Pregnancy Association suggest that the mot effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal traditional medical interventions. However, conception does sometimes occur without traditional medical interventions when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used alone.
Researchers from Weill Cornel Medical Center in New York reviewed recent studies and concluded acupuncture helps to:
- Increase blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an embryo 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 the polycystic ovarian syndrome.
- Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility.
Regulate the menstrual cycle.
In 2008, the British Medical Journal published research that concluded 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.
An acupuncturist’s approach to fertility according to the theories of acupuncture and TCM, infertility is caused by an imbalance of the body’s energy flow called Qi (pronounced “chee”) and blood affecting the healthy functioning of one or more of the organ systems. When the body’s energy and blood flow are circulations freely throughout the body, every cell, tissue, and organ is properly nourished and can function well. Acupuncture and TCM can raise the fertility potential of women by improving the quality, quantity, and balance of the energy and blood flow.
The kidney organ system the release of an ovum is controlled by the kidneys. The kidneys also control the body’s growth and development. Healthy kidney is required in order to have a healthy body, mind an pregnancy. If an imbalance exists with the kidneys, this can result in infertility. TCM and acupuncture can nourish and support overall kidney health.
Spleen organ system an adequate blood supply is required by a woman’s body to sustain a normal menstrual cycle, a growing result in an inadequate supply and imbalance of blood.
Acupuncture and TCM can improve blood circulation to promote a healthy flow of blood to the uterus.
Live Organ System* in order to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy, it is important to have a free flow of energy and blood throughout the body. The liver is in charge of facilitating this function. When it is out of balance, areas of the body will not receive adequate energy and blood flow. This imbalance can lead to depression, anxiety, stress and increased possibility of infertility.
Acupuncture and TCM provide a safe, effective, drug-free and natural approach to treating infertility and enjoying a healthy pregnancy. Here are a few reasons to try acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine:
- An acupuncturist does not treat just signs and symptoms but instead activates the body’s natural healing potential by treating the root causes that have lead to the problem or disease.
- Acupuncture and TCM are completely natural. Drugs are never used.
- Acupuncture and TCM can be used to strengthen, support and balance overall health and well-being, therefore can increase the effectiveness of the other procedures.
Also consider acupuncture during your pregnancy and birth. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture has been found useful for relieving labor pain, nausea, vomiting and significantly reducing the duration of labor.
*keep in mind that the organs described above reflect Chinese medical theories and philosophies.
One study found acupuncture may improve the quality of life in patients undergoing in Virto fertilization (IVF). It was also found 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.