A surprising fact is, infertility treatments utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture has been recorded, in age-old texts and similarly on the backs of turtle shells for thousands of years. How is it possible for ancient medicine to make such a difference? Over the last five years the science behind numerous studies has shown that:
According to Chinese Medical belief Acupuncture can significantly improve blood flow to the reproductive organs and this significantly increases a woman’s response to hormonal therapy.
Acupuncture has been shown to control hormone levels by moderating the release of beta-endorphin levels within the brain. This in turn improves the release of gonadatrophin releasing hormone by the hypothalamus and follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland along with progesterone and estrogen levels from the ovary.
Acupuncture can reduce a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system response and stress.Acupuncture is thought to moderate prostaglandin and cyclooxygenase levels in the uterus which reduces uterine motility (spontaneous movement) to enhance implantation rates.
The utilization of Acupuncture along with assisted reproductive technology has been determined as valuable by The American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Fertility & Sterility Journal. The mounting evidence over the last five years makes one wonder why all reproductive clinics the world over do not require patients to have acupuncture. Thankfully the positive media coverage in recent times that TCM and Acupuncture has received in helping women conceive is helping to change views and attitudes.