ACUPUNCTURE AND FERTILITY
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for millennia to treat issues of fertility. Since the aim of TCM is to "normalize," "harmonize," and "to bring into balance," these ideas are brought to bear on the problems associated with male and female infertility.
This is achieved by manipulating the flow of Qi using acupuncture, and using Chinese herbs to nourish, support and strengthen the Qi and the Vital fluids (including Blood), as well as the internal organs. Thus the possibility of conception is optimized. For American women, in particular those who have delayed childbearing to establish career and/or relationship, these concepts are especially pertinent. Contemporary women are often depleted (especially of kidney yin, yang, and essence, the "root" energy) and have constrained energy (liver Qi) that causes blockages, particularly in the pelvis. Earlier in her life these blockages may have presented as painful menstrual cramps, endometriosis, fibroid tumors, PMS symptoms, etc. Now these disharmonies may result in difficulties with fertility by affecting different parts of the reproductive cycle - production of the egg, fertilization of the egg and implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus. Similar energy disturbances in men may result in poor sperm production, shape or motility. TCM seeks to address these problems with time tested methodology. Here at Turning Point Acupuncture we treat people facing infertility using TCM alone, or in combination with concurrent Western Medical intervention, such as, IUI and IVF procedures.
For an in depth explanation of this subject you can read my article:
Acupuncture and Infertility in a Post 9/11 World (09/04).
Acupuncture Improves IVF Results (06/06)
The May 2006 issue of medical journal Fertility and Sterility presents several new studies that confirm the efficacy of acupuncture as an aid to IVF. Prior to this there has been many positive anecdotal reports of the benefits of acupuncture to assisted reproductive techniques, and a few clinical studies, notably the German 2002 study, that were encouraging but small. Fertility and Sterility presents the results of two large randomized, prospective, controlled clinical trials. Both are very persuasive and should do much to advance access and usage of acupuncture for women who choose IVF. A third large trial is also presented in which more women became pregnant in the acupuncture verses the placebo group, but the results were not statistically significant. The authors of that study state however that "a smaller treatment effect can not be excluded." They further conclude that their results suggest that acupuncture was safe for women undergoing ET.
To read more about research in this area, click here
Important News for Men: Acupuncture May Improve Sperm Quality
Read about exciting new research from China here.
Other Topics Pertinent to Fertility:
Acupuncture and Pregnancy
An in depth exploration of acupuncture and moxabustion in pregnancy. Included is a discussion of the use of Chinese Medicine in turning a breech (feet first) presentation.
Toxicity of Mercury in Fish
Click here to read about this important risk factor.
Eating Safely During Pregnancy
Read this From the Journal of Midwifery Womens Health (08/04)
Alcohol Use Affects Success of Assisted Reproduction
Click here to read new data on this important risk factor.