Acupuncture techniques assist in regulating the menstrual cycle and invigorating the sperm (Men), but they also serve to enhance the function of the whole body to allow natural birth as well. This “whole body” health approach, in turn, provides a key to unlocking unlimited potential in healing.
Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after one year of unprotected intercourse with no known cause of not being pregnant. Acupuncture for the treatment of infertility, can be found in early Chinese medical literature dating back to 11 A.D. By regulating your energy and giving your it’s proper nutrients, miracles can happen.
This is especially appropriate for the over 40 couple because it stimulates overall well being to effect reproductive health. Functional related infertility is often stress-related, and is most common among women who work or live in stressful environments. In Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used to decrease stress in the body by regulating the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. The treatment also addresses possible hormonal imbalances and circulatory problems.
Acupuncture can help enhance fertility by doing the following things:
• Regulate the menstrual cycle
• Increase blood flow to the reproductive organs
• Regulate hormones, impacting the flow of hormones before ovulation
• Thicken and improve the quality of the endometrial lining
• Boost ovarian function
• Causing an increase in endorphins and serotonin, which play a role in helping the pituitary and with follicle development
• Increase the number of follicles
• Improve egg production, both quality and quantity
• Reduce uterine contractions that may interfere with implantation and cause miscarriage
• Reducing psychological and physical stress and tension, which negatively affect fertility
• Supporting implantation by helping embryos attach to the uterine lining and begin to grow
• Reduce the rate of miscarriage
• Reduce side effects of IVF medications
• Improve sperm count
Acupuncture Treatments for Fertility
To boost the quality of egg production, acupuncture and nutrition/herbs can be started at any point in the menstrual cycle or at any point before a medically administered fertility treatment to enable the body to be as healthy as possible for conception. The more time before ovulation or retrieval, the better, because the benefits of acupuncture and nutrition/herbs are cumulative. So, five treatments to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries will be more effective than one treatment, however, acupuncture can always benefit the process, no matter when you start. Please understand that it usually takes around three months to regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle. Acupuncture, cupping, and nutrition are designed to treat infertility on a individual basis, so treatment and diagnosis varies between individual.
Acupuncture helps with IVF
If you choose to undergo IVF, be assured that recent studies have concluded that acupuncture performed immediately before and after IVF significantly increases the chances for a viable pregnancy (ongoing studies confirm these findings.) Acupuncture reduces uterine contractions, which may contribute to the failure of IVF treatments, before, during and after IVF. Acupuncture can also increase blood flow to the uterus, which creates a very favorable environment for pregnancy to occur. Weekly treatments are recommended at least two months prior to the start of IVF for maximum results.
Acupuncture during Pregnancy
Most acupuncture points are not contradicted during pregnancy, with an exception of a few that can promote uterine contraction. Please tell your practitioner as soon as you think you might be pregnant. Once pregnancy occurs, medication is usually prohibited therefore acupuncture is the ideal tool to help with morning sickness, coughs, colds, headaches, back pain, constipation, tiredness and the many afflictions the human body has to deal with daily.
It depends on the duration, severity, nature of the complaint and or the ability for the body to heal itself. 3 to 20 or more treatments may be advisable to balance the body.
Most patients fall asleep during treatment and have no side effects!
Acupuncture prescriptions are specially designed for each patient.
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