The art of conception through Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
Are you experiencing fertility challenges?
We specialize in the treatment of infertility. Acupuncture can be used alone to increase fertility and achieve pregnancy, or used in conjunction with assisted reproductive technologies (ART), or in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF), including gamete intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT), zygote intra-fallopian transfer (ZIFT), micro-manipulation, blastocyst transfer, and cryopreservation.
Many women and men have found that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine alone or in conjunction with their infertility regiment enhances their fertility and assists in dealing with the emotional challenges infertility presents. This holds the promise of an overall higher pregnancy rate. Our goal is to assist and support you in conceiving and delivering a healthy baby. Infertility is one area where there are clinical studies that show that acupuncture can increase pregnancy rates.
Get pregnant sooner using acupuncture and Chinese herbs:
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can acupuncture be used to treat infertility?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help restore the body's natural hormonal cycle. Our typical infertility patient is in their mid 30's to 40 years old, and naturally, is in a hurry to conceive. The hormonal balance may be upset by miscarriage, stress, body weight or certain life styles. Restoring normal menstruation, flow of qi and blood, and removing lifestyle obstacles (toxicity from smoking, poor nutrition, stress reduction) are a main focus in Acupuncture-based infertility treatment.
Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat some causes of infertility. For example, acupuncture and herbs will not work to address tubal adhesions which can occur as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis. However, in this situation, an individual could still benefit from acupuncture and herbs because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, it is shown that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.
When should acupuncture treatment begin?
Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in that it is a process oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to do more than less. Patients are commonly treated for three to four months before an insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. This period of treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect.
In a study by Stener-Victorin et al from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg, women are encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer. Clinical observations from the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness suggest that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medical interventions. However, conception does sometimes occur when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used without traditional medical interventions.
When should I stop getting acupuncture?
Typically most miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy. Therefore, treatment of patients may often last through week twelve to help prevent miscarriage. Acupuncture may continue past this point to treat other issues such as low back pain, nausea, insomnia and stress. It can also be used for general relaxation.
Are the acupuncture points different after an insemination, IVF, or donor-egg transfer than before?
After conception - natural, insemination or transfer, certain acupuncture points become contra-indicated. These are mostly in the abdominal area and low back, but there are also strictly forbidden points after pregnancy has occurred.
Are there risks in using acupuncture?
Acupuncture is not contraindicated for anyone regardless of their pathology or what medications they are taking. There are minimal risks when using acupuncture for fertility treatment. Acupuncturists at Integrative Acupuncture have special infertility training, and we will strictly avoid contra-indicated acupuncture points during pregnancy.
What types of fertility patients typically get acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used to treat any type of fertility disorder including spasmed tubes. (Spasmed tubes are often de-spasmed with acupuncture, though blocked tubes will not respond to acupuncture). Acupuncture is often combined with herbs to treat elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained (idiopathic) infertility, luteal phase defect, hyperprolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with annovulatory cycles, and male factor including men affected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation.