Acupuncture and Fertility

Acupuncture & Fertility

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Many couples in the world are facing problems with infertility, and in this modern time the percent of health issues affecting hormones that affect fertility is on the continual rise. By the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) infertility occurs due to disrupted vital balance and blockages in the Qi energy and Blood circulation flow. Chinese Medicine puts emphasis on quality, vs quantity. There are multiple different patterns that can show up in ones cycle to signify an imbalance. In TCM, a diagnosis will be made specific to the individual as two people with the same Western diagnosis, do not always share the same TCM pattern and will be treated individually.

There have been many trials and studies performed on the benefits of Acupuncture and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) showing as to its positive affects. A published study demonstrated that women undergoing Acupuncture treatments with IVF had significant increase in pregnancy rates of over 42.5%, compared to control subjects who did not receive Acupuncture 26.3%. Another well established study showed Acupuncture enhanced blood flow to the uterus, thereby improving uterine pulsatility index thus the receptivity for implantation. Acupuncture as a treatment for infertility shows great results both in women and men. It can be considered as successful treatment in restoring fertility in the patients, by improving the sperm quality and ovaries function and balancing the endocrine system and hormones.

References:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8671446 – Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Steiner-Victorian
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11937123 – Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Paulus protocol