The treatment of infertility with acupuncture dates back 2,000 yrs.
These ancient, time- tested techniques improve fertility rates & support a woman’s whole body, unlocking unlimited potential for health, healing and childbearing.
A landmark study published in the medical journal Fertility & Sterility found that acupuncture dramatically improves the chances of becoming pregnant when used in conjunction with other assisted reproductive techniques. 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,
* Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility,
+ Regulate menstrual cycle.
Acupuncture will improve the quality of life in patients undergoing IVF
In a 2007 study’, researchers found that acupuncture will improve the quality of life in patients undergoing IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). It was also found that women receiving acupuncture reported significantly less abdominal pain, general pain, nausea, and stress compared to women receiving conventional analgesia. In another 2007 study, researchers stated that, “the most frequently reported positive effects of the acupuncture treatments were relaxation, feeling calm and peaceful, and feeling energized.” Relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow allows for the successful implantation of an embryo within the uterine lining. In 2008, the British Medical Journal published research which concluded that acupuncture can be offered as a significant, clinically relevant adjunct to IVF.*
... infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi and blood affecting the healthy functioning of one or more of the organ systems.
According to the theories of acupuncture and TCM, infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi and blood affecting the healthy functioning of one or more of the organ systems. When Qi, (pronounced “chee”) 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 and TCM can raise the fertility potential of women by effecting the quality, quantity, balance and flow of Qi and blood (Please keep in mind that the organs described reflect Chinese medical theories and philosophies).
Kidney Organ System
The release of an ovum is controlled by the kidneys. The kidneys also create a substance called Jing Qi, which is required in order to have a healthy body, mind, and pregnancy. If an imbalance exists within the kidneys, Jing Qi may be inadequate in supply and may be a cause for infertility. Acupuncture, can nourish and support Jing Qi and overall kidney health.
Spleen Organ System
An adequate supply of blood is required by a woman's body to sustain a normal menstrual cycle, a growing fetus, and a healthy pregnancy. Disharmony within the spleen can result in an inadequate supply and imbalance of blood. Acupuncture can build and nourish blood, in order to promote a healthy flow of blood to the uterus.
Liver Organ System
In order to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy, it is important to have a free flow of Qi 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 the required supply of Qi and blood. This imbalance can lead to depression, anxiety, stress and increased possibility of infertility.
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 and other components of Traditional Chinese Medicine
« 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 and TCM are completely natural. No drugs are ever used.
+ Acupuncture and TCM can be used to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, therefore can increase the effectiveness of other procedures.
* The practice of acupuncture and TCM is over 3,000 years old, and has helped millions of people become pregnant and stay healthy throughout the pregnancy.
* It works!