Should You Use Acupuncture For Fertility Treatment?

Acupuncture has long been used for relieving pain, discomfort and improve many medical conditions. It uses the technique of inserting fine needles into specific points on your body to balance your flow of energy and improve blood circulation. Studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can be used to improve fertility by stimulating the body’s hormonal system to produce the right hormones required for ovulation. More people are now using acupuncture for fertility treatment.

Acupuncture releases endorphins which inhibits pain and produce a feeling of relaxation. It also releases neurotransmitters and neurohormones which help the body’s healing process. It triggers the release of prostaglandins, which stimulates the production of a substance in the nerve endings. This substance transmits messages to the hypothalamus, which controls all hormonal functions which affect ovulation, menstruation and pregnancy.

Studies have proven that acupuncture can be used to regulate menstrual cycles and treat hormonal imbalances when used in conjunction with infertility treatments. It stimulates blood flow to the uterus to regulate the production of hormones. It also helps to thickens the uterine lining making it more receptive to embryo implantation. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF) before and after the transfer of embryos to improve the rate of pregnancy. Some women go for acupuncture three or four months before the insemination for IVF.

Acupuncture can also be used to treat spasmed tubes which prevent pregnancy. Blocked tubes do not respond to acupuncture but spasm tubes can often be de-spasmed. In combination with herbs, it is also used treat increased level of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), recurrent miscarriage, unexplained infertility, luteal phase effect, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometrosis.

Studies have shown that acupuncture can improve the quality of sperm in men. Acupuncture treatment can improve the concentration, volume and motility of sperm. Acupuncture together with herbs can treat men infected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation.

Infertility treatment can be very stressful for couples, especially women. Acupuncture decreases the sympathetic nervous system response and helps the women to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

There are no known side effect for acupuncture. However, if incorrect acupuncture points are used on pregnant woman, a miscarriage can occur. If you plan to use acupuncture in your treatment regimen, make sure you select a certified and well-trained acupuncturist who specializes in infertility treatment. Many fertility clinics work with acupuncturist and they may be able to recommend a good one to you.

It has become increasingly popular to use acupuncture for fertility treatment since it is known to have a positive effect on infertility. However, it is unknown whether acupuncture and herbal medicine on its own without traditional medical interventions can help with conception. However, acupuncture offer another alternative options for fertility treatment.

Comparison of Eastern and Western Acupuncture

Since Americans have a hard time understanding or accepting the Qi or vital energy that Chinese believe flows through a person’s system, acupuncture had to evolve into Western standards thus leading to the creation of modern or medical acupuncture. This is advantageous when trying to combine or use the traditional treatment with modern medicine as medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and osteopaths use the same new terminologies, basis of diagnosis and treatments and systems.

East-West Comparison

1. Eastern acupuncture uses points and meridians in the body believed to channel Qi or vital energy through systems and organs. Western acupuncture ignores or reinterprets these acupuncture points since there is no scientific or physical basis that can verify the relative connection to diseases or the existence of such.

2. Eastern acupuncture is based on philosophical principles while western acupuncture works using modern biomedical understanding of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Concepts of disease in the West are taken from medical data and pathology studies. Concepts of disease in the East still use medical theories from ancient times.

3. The terminologies may also differ since Eastern acupuncture describes using a Taoist metaphor and common language while Western acupuncture describes using modern biomedicine.

4. Traditional acupuncturists see modern acupuncture as a degraded version of the original since it is usually only used in modern therapy in conjunction with mainstream medicine. Sessions using traditional approaches can use more needles and last for 20 to 60 minutes while modern acupuncture may use fewer ones lasting only for 2 to 10 minutes. Traditional practitioners refer to the new methods as “dry needling”.

5. Knowing where to insert the needles is a matter of knowing where the energy flows through the body for Eastern acupuncturists. Western practitioners however, use two principles namely the gate theory of pain and the existence of natural opiates in the body.

Cosmetic Acupuncture & Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

For many centuries, Chinese Medicine has successfully treated a wide variety of illnesses. In the UK, its recent widespread acceptance has allowed patients to overcome disease, pain and even psychological disorders. Chinese Medicine can also be used to rejuvenate one’s facial features.

The appeal of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is twofold: it allows patients to avoid invasive procedures and it fortifies the whole body, and improves your health!

o Increases facial blood circulation

o Moistens the skin

o Promotes collagen production for increased muscle tone and elasticity

o Reduces wrinkles and prevents them from forming

o Erases fine lines and reduces the deeper lines

o Puffiness and bags under the eyes can be lessened and jowls firmed

o An overall rejuvenation that is not confined to your face. You will look and feel a whole lot younger

Can acupuncture be effective when other treatments have failed?

Absolutely! Each medical system has its own areas of greatest effectiveness. Acupuncture excels in those areas in which conventional Western medicine comes up short. For example the treatment of chronic diseases, pain control, and the treatment of stress-related disorders are three areas in which acupuncture is most effective.

How many treatments will be needed?

This depends on the duration, severity and nature of the complaint. You may need only a single treatment of acupuncture for an acute condition. A series of 5-10 treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require multiple treatments, dietary modifications, specific exercise regimes, relaxation techniques, self-massage, perhaps in combination with Chinese herbal medicines, all of which may help to increase the effectiveness of acupuncture.

What conditions does acupuncture help with?

According to the clinical studies conducted by the World Health Organisation, conditions successfully treated include: Neurological Disorders, Headache, Migraines, Insomnia, Backache or Pain, Arthritis, Disc Problems, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Food Allergies, Nausea, Colitis, Ulcers, and Sinusitis. Other Benefits include: Weight Control, Stop Smoking, Alcohol Addiction, Drug Addiction and other drug withdrawal symptoms.