The aim of traditional Chinese medicine for infertility sufferers is to "normalize," and "harmonize," the body, bring into balance all parts and functions of the body that are associated with male and female infertility.
Traditional Chinese Medicine manipulates the flow of Qi using Acupuncture, and the use of Chinese herbs to nourish, support and strengthen the body, vital fluids (including blood) and internal organs. Using these natural fertility techniques, the possibility of conception is optimised.
How does Acupuncture work for Infertility?
Women often present with signs of physical and emotional depletion and have constrained energy that causes blockages, particularly in the pelvis. These blockages are commonly reported as a history of painful menstrual cramps, endometriosis, fibroid tumors, PMS symptoms, irregular cycles, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or similar. Many women are now leaving having a family till later in life which result in increased risk of infertility as these conditions can deteriorate, thus affecting different parts of the reproductive cycle - production of the egg, fertilization of the egg and implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus. Stress, nutritional or environmental factors can also negatively impact energy in men, resulting in poor sperm production. Acupuncture and herbs help to overcome these issues for many women and men.
Does Acupuncture work for infertility?
There is a large body of research and evidence that support Acupuncture as an effective treatment for infertility. Acupuncture can help to release endorphins in the brain to help the patient relax. This is primarily useful because for many patients, stress might be one of the most important factors why they are unable to conceive. Acupuncture can help to improve blood supply to the female sexual organs, help restore hormonal balance, and often treat or reverse premature menopause. Acupuncture can also increase sperm count and motility in men. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are an effective stand-alone treatment, but also work well in conjunction with Western medical intervention.
Why does Traditional Chinese Acupuncture work?
It is thought that it works because it regulates the body’s system, aiding in blood flow to the reproductive organs, and stabilising hormone levels. This, in turn, increases ovarian function in women and sperm production in men. It is particularly useful if it is used as a complementary therapy to women undergoing other fertility treatments. Studies have shown that Acupuncture increases the rate of pregnancy in women that are undergoing in vitro fertilisation treatments (IVF). Some people also believe that it helps as it helps women to stay relaxed during stressful fertility treatments.