Acupuncture for Infertility
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after two years of trying. When a couple is unable to conceive a child, it can be heartbreaking. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers hope to the childless couple by establishing harmony within the body.
The benefits of acupuncture and TCM for conception problems can be found in early Chinese medical literature dating back to 11 A.D.
Not only does traditional Chinese medicine improve the probability of becoming pregnant, it also serves to enhance the function of the whole body.
This holistic health approach provides a key to unlocking unlimited potential in healing. This is especially important for people over 40 as it stimulates overall health which in turn affects reproductive health.
Traditional Chinese medicine can be used to strengthen and balance general health so that Western medical infertility treatments are more effective.
TCM can also minimize the undesired side effects and accumulated toxicity from invasive procedures and drug therapies. Of course, TCM for infertility can be used alone or integrated with Western medical techniques.
Fertility is seen as dependent on the harmonious balance of several factors:
your Qi, Yin, Yang and Blood must all be in balance. Your TCM practitioner will thoroughly examine your overall health to pinpoint where imbalances lie; and your treatment is always individualized.
In addition to acupuncture and taking herbs, lifestyle changes are crucial: proper diet, stress reduction and regular exercise need to accompany treatment. Everything you do to better your chances will be worth the effort.
In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Acupuncture
A recent study published in Fertility and Sterility found that 26% of women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) became pregnant following the procedure compared to 43% who received acupuncture before and after IVF. This represents a nearly 50% increase in effectiveness of IVF combined with acupuncture.
Women in both groups were matched for age, number of transferred embryos and number of previous cycles among other criteria.
As IVF is an expensive procedure, increasing pregnancy rates with acupuncture can save women money as well as decrease emotional distress associated with the repeated use of this procedure.
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