The treatment of infertility with Acupuncture and
Chinese Medicine dates back 2000 years. These ancient,
time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and
support a woman's whole body, unlocking unlimited
potential for health, healing and childbearing.
landmark study published in the medical journal
Fertility & Sterility (1) 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 (2) in New York reviewed 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, stress and the
hormones that are secreted during stressful
situations that 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 (HPO) axis, which
plays a key role in fertility
regulate menstrual cycle
study published in Human Reproduction Journal
(3), an ultrasound was used to evaluate blood flow to
the uterus during Acupuncture treatments. The study
found blood flow increases during treatment. According
to Dr. Nancy Snyderman, "When Acupuncture needles
are placed correctly, it can affect the nervous system.
The idea is that if you stimulate the nervous system.
You can make the uterus quiet and allow blood to flow".
Relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow allows for
the successful implant of an embryo within the uterine
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can raise the fertility
potential for women by affecting the quality, quantity,
balance and flow of Qi and blood. When Qi (also called
Life Energy) and blood are circulating freely throughout
the body, every cell, tissue and organ is properly
nourished and functioning well. When this occurs, a
woman's health and fertility are ensured.
According to the theories of Acupuncture and Chinese
Medicine, infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi
and blood affecting one or more of the Organ Systems.
(Please keep in mind that the Organs described below
reflect Eastern medical theories and philosophies).
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 infertility may be a result. Chinese Herbal
Medicine, along with Acupuncture, can nourish and
support Jing Qi and overall Kidney health.
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. A
disharmony within the Spleen can result in an inadequate
supply and imbalance of blood. Acupuncture and Chinese
Herbs 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 the smooth flow of Qi and blood. 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 Anger, and increase
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine provide a safe,
effective, drug-free, and natural approach to treating
infertility and enjoying a healthy pregnancy. Here are
five benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine:
1. 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.
2. Acupuncture and Chinese
Medicine are completely natural.
3. Acupuncture and Chinese
Medicine can be used to strengthen, support, and balance
overall health and well-being, so other fertility
procedures are more effective. Researchers in
clinical studies have found that adding acupuncture to the
traditional IVF treatment protocols substantially increased
pregnancy success (6).
4. The practice of Acupuncture
and Chinese Medicine is over 3,000 years old and has
helped millions of people become well and stay healthy.
5. It works!
consider Acupuncture during your pregnancy and birth.
According to the World Health Organization, Acupuncture
has been found useful for relieving labor pain, nausea,
vomiting and significantly reducing the duration of
labor. There is also strong evidence that Acupuncture
can help with a breech (7,8).
1. Paulus W. et, al..
Influence of Acupuncture on the Pregnancy Rate in Patients
who Undergo Assisted Reproduction Therapy. Fertility and
Sterility, volume 77. April 2002, 721-724.
2. 5 Ways Acupuncture Can Boost Fertility. Prevention.com.
3. Human Reproduction Journal. Volume 11. Number 6. 1996.
4. Fertility and Sterility. volume 78. December 2002,
5. Pins & Needles.
Could Acupuncture help promote pregnancy? ABCNews.com.
April 16. 2002.
The Ancient Art of Infertility Treatment
When it comes to getting pregnant, old world techniques may
be just what today's high-tech doctors will order.
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Clinical Trials. World Health Organization. Geneva.
8. A Manual of Acupuncture. Page 326. Peter Deadman & Mazin