How Does Acupuncture Help With Infertility?

November 4, 2014 4:07 am Published by


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Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of natural medicine practiced in the world. It works by stimulating specific points on the body along certain pathways, called meridians, using ultra-thin needles.

Acupuncture helps with infertility in four major ways. Many infertile couples are dealing with high levels of stress, depression and anxiety. The first way that acupuncture can help them is by raising the levels of endorphins and certain neurotransmitters like serotonin. This naturally helps them to feel better and improve their ability to cope with stress, depression and anxiety.

Secondly, acupuncture directly effects a woman’s ovaries and uterus. This is mediated through improving the the neuroendocrine modulations and improving the blood flow. The effective balancing of hormones can help regulate the menstrual cycle and aid in ovulation. The enhanced blood flow to the ovaries and uterus stimulates the production of healthy eggs and builds a rich uterine lining.

For women undergoing IVF, studies have shown that acupuncture treatments significantly improve the success rates. In a 2002 study in Germany involving 160 women, acupuncture treatments raised the IVF success rate from 26 percent to 42 percent.

In addressing the fertility issue, it’s also important to consider the male partner’s involvement. According to Dr. Pravin Rao from John Hopkins Medicine, “approximately one third of infertile couples will have a male factor as the sole cause of their infertility. Another one fifth or so will have factors coming from both male and female partners.”In other words, it’s vital for the male partner to be able to produce sperm in good quantity and quality. The third way that acupuncture can help with infertility is by boosting not only the sperm count, but also motility (the speed with which sperm can move) and morphology (the shape of the sperm).

Lastly, acupuncture improves the circulation of energy in the body. This long term benefit of acupuncture results from opening the pathways for the energy to flow smoothly throughout the body. When that happens, the blood flows better, the tissues and organs receives the nourishments they need, and the body functions better.

My purpose in practicing acupuncture is to help patients improve their function, so that each patient can achieve his or her maximum health. I am committed to helping as many patients feel and be the best versions of themselves.

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