Infertility and the Positive Effects of Acupuncture
Infertility. It’s often a long journey through doctor’s offices and clinics. You may find yourself taking tests and doing all kinds of things you never dreamed you would do – until you realized that you were unable to start a family “the old fashioned way”. Many couples are finding that alternative medicine is a more holistic, comforting, and often more successful approach to solving their fertility problems. Acupuncture is part of the 4,000 year old tradition of Chinese Medicine, with an excellent track record in assisting people resolve infertility issues.
Acupuncture is a technique similar to acupressure, except that fine needles are used instead of the application of pressure to specific points. The needles are used at key points in the body to stimulate, disperse and balance the flow or energy, relieve pain, and treat a variety of chronic, acute and degenerative conditions. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that a variety of energy patterns can interfere with becoming pregnant.
Acupuncture provides a noninvasive, holistic approach to reversing infertility and has a surprising success rate of sixty percent among infertile women. This is a very high number, considering that many women discover acupuncture late in their search for infertility solutions.
Acupuncture can also be used in combination with other Western Medical treatments, such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to increase a couples¹ chance of conception.
A study by the Department of Reproductive Medicine, Christian-Lauritzen-Institut, Ulm, Germany and a more recent study in China confirmed that, acupuncture can increase the success rate of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). In the German study 42.5% of patients which received both IVF and acupuncture became pregnant, while in the IVF group only 26.3% conceived. The later Chinese study showed that acupuncture before and after IVF not only considerably increased the success rates, but also substantially improved live birth rates.
Doctors and researchers are not the only ones who are finding the results of the German and Chinese studies interesting. Recently Dr. Nancy Snyderman of ABC news commented:
“We know that acupuncture, when the needles are placed correctly, can affect the nervous system of the body,” ABCNEWS Dr. Nancy Snyderman said. “So the question always is, can you make the uterus a better receiving place for embryos?” “The idea being that if you can stimulate the nerves, you can make the uterus quiet and blood flow,” Snyderman said. “It makes it easier for the embryos to take hold.” Snyderman, said the study backs up what doctors have heard anecdotally for years: that by relaxing, a woman can increase her chances of becoming pregnant. “There is no doubt, because this was a very well done study and it was reported in a very highly regarded medical journal, that doctors will sit up and pay attention to it,” she said. “This is the first time we may have had a serious marriage between an art and science that is so many, many years old, and what is really cutting-edge technology, in-vitro fertilization.”
The Kang Fu Center specializes in the treatment of infertility and other disorders. If you or someone you know suffers from infertility or is struggling to become pregnant we would welcome the opportunity to assist them. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or exam.
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