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Acupuncture and Infertility

infertility imageOriental Medicine can be used alone to treat Infertility along with Chinese Herbology and various adjunct therapies. Infertility has been treated with Oriental Medicine for thousands of years with great achievement. Recent studies have shown significant data that Acupuncture can increase conception rates successfully.

Acupuncture can help balance the body’s function so that pregnancy is possible. While treatment for fertility may take long, the strategy at Acupuncture San Diego is always to strengthen the body and correct imbalances in its functioning, therefore creating overall health in the body. In some cases where conventional treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization and IntraUterine Inseminations are being incorporated, the treatment plan is scheduled accordingly.

Acupuncture has been proven to treat:

  • Endometriosis
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Luteal Phase Defect
  • Poor Egg Quality
  • Hormonal & Endocrine Imbalance
  • Polycistic Ovaries
  • Fibroids & Cysts
  • Poor Male Factor in quantity, quality & motility
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Low Libido
  • Blocked Fallopian Tubes
  • Certain causes of Miscarriage

Some Advantages

  • Acupuncture San Diego sees the person as both Mind and body, thereby it does not treat just symptoms/diseases. Acupuncture stimulates the bodies natural healing potential by treating root causes rather than just symptoms.
  • Acupuncture used in the treatment of infertility, minimizes undesired side effects from invasive procedures and drug therapies, known and unknown.
  • Acupuncture may be used to strengthen and balance one’s general health so that IVF and other fertility procedures are more effective. The Acupuncture patient derives general health benefits and endocrine system balancing from specific acupuncture and herbal regimes

Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy

Fertility and Sterility, April 2002, Wolfgang E. Paulus M.D., et. al.

A study, published in the April 2002 issue of Fertility and Sterility by researchers in Germany andChina, found that “acupuncture seems to be a useful tool for improving pregnancy rate after ART.” (2) The study involved 160 patients undergoing ART (IVF and ICSI). Clinical pregnancy was achieved in 26.3% of the control group (21 of 80), whereas clinical pregnancy was achieved in 42.5% of the experimental group (34 of 80). The researchers concluded that “the results demonstrate that acupuncture therapy improves pregnancy rate.” (2)

2 – Paulus M.D., Wolfgang E., et. al. “Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy”, Fertility and Sterility, vol. 77, no. 4, April 2002, Elsevier Science, Inc.

For more detailed information on the treatment of Fertility, Pregnancy and All Women’s Health issues please visit our sister site Marc Sklar is a Certified Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.

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