Scientists have discovered that acupuncture treatment for fertility can greatly increase the chances of a successful pregnancy during IVF. How does this ancient Chinese technique affect female fertility?

Acupuncture treatment for fertility

An analysis of the medical literature regarding the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility shows that the technique helps reduce stress, increase blood flow to the organs of the reproductive system and normalize ovulation–creating all the conditions for successful conception.

Chinese medicine for fertility

Chinese medicine for fertility

Chinese medicine for fertility this ancient technique, originating in China over two thousand years ago, involves the insertion of needles into specific points on the human body. The theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine states that these points are connected to energy pathways–or meridians  running through the body. Acupuncture helps to make the natural flow of energy more regular.

Many studies have investigated the benefits of acupuncture as an alternative method for treating infertility. One study conducted found women who included acupuncture in their IVF cycle had more pregnancies than those who underwent IVF without acupuncture.

The researchers even noted that women who used acupuncture without other fertility treatments were just as likely to get pregnant over the same period of time as women who took medication during fertility treatment. This information proves the potential for acupuncture to be used as a stand-alone infertility treatment.

Acupuncture fertility explanation

As for explanations regarding the effect of acupuncture on fertility, the researchers concluded acupuncture can affect the brain centers that regulate ovulation, and can also rework the brain to reduce stress.

Stress is closely linked to a woman’s reproductive system because it can lead to a complete absence of ovulation.The absence of stress, on the other hand, often improves fertility. This explains why highly stressed women often stop menstruating.

What are the benefits of acupuncture regarding infertility? Scientists have found that acupuncture has the ability to increase blood flow to the female reproductive organs. It also improves the endometrium, the place where the embryo attaches itself after conception. 

Western scientists are planning to conduct a clinical trial in the near future to compare women undergoing an IVF cycle with the addition of acupuncture and women using IVF alone to conceive. This study, along with current, future and past ones, will help strengthen the knowledge on how acupuncture can help fertility.

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Author:
Dr. Yuliya Chernyak, DAOM, LAc Acupuncturist located in Hazlet, NJ.
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