ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY
Research shows that Acupuncture can have a positive effect on infertility. Fertility and Sterility, (journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine) has published many studies on the effect of acupuncture at the time of embryo transfer. Of 16 studies, 11 reported improved chances of pregnancy. If any provisional conclusion is to be drawn, it is that acupuncture appears to benefit clinical trial groups who have an expected pregnancy rate of around only 35% or less. Ultrasound studies were also done which showed that acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus and the ovaries, increasing nutrition and oxygen to these areas. For more information on research for infertility click here.
There are several systems in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that support fertility:
Kidney Organ System
The release of an egg is controlled by the Kidney system in Chinese Medicine. Therefore it is responsible for the quality and quantity of eggs. If there is an imbalance in this system it may cause infertility.
Spleen Organ System
An adequate supply of blood is required by a woman's body to sustain a normal menstrual cycle and growing fetus. In Chinese Medicine the Spleen takes nutrients from our food and transforms them into Qi and Blood. Disharmony within this system can result in an inadequate supply of blood. This can result in the endometrial lining being to too thin, as well as miscarriage.
Liver Organ System
In order to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy it is important to have a free flow of Qi and blood throughout the body. The liver in Chinese Medicine is in charge of this. When it is out of balance, areas of the body will not receive the required supply Qi and blood. Stress, anxiety and depression can all block the free flow of Qi and blood, leading to infertility.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Increases blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an egg implanting on the uterine wall
Improve egg quality
Reduces the side effects of infertility drugs including water retention, bloating and pain
Regulates the menstrual cycle
Strengthens and builds the endometrial lining
Reduces anxiety and stress. The hormones that are secreted during stressful situations can significantly decrease fertility
Normalize hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, especially in women with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome.