Health Tip of The Week: Acupuncture for Infertility

In 2003, Weil Medical Center of Cornell University called for a study of acupuncture as a fertility treatment, citing its numerous benefits associated with increasing fertility in woman. An article provide a summary of research that support acupuncture potential benefits for fertility treatment, including the stimulation of increased uterine blood flow and fertility hormones.

A study compared pregnancy rates in a total of 160 patients undergoing IVF. Acupuncture was performed in 80 patients 25 minutes before and after embryo transplantation. Clinical pregnancy rate for the acupuncture group (42.5%) was significantly higher than the control group (26.3%).

The general theory of acupuncture is that proper physiological function and health depend on the circulation of Qi (energy flow) through a network of meridians. This network connects every organ and part of body, providing balance, regulation and coordination of physiological processes.

Stimulation of the appropriate acupuncture points of certain meridians through acupuncture treatments strengthen reproduction function.

We use Differentiation Principle of Chinese Medicine Theory to diagnose patient’s body pattern and then make treatment plan. Adjusting patient’s Qi, Blood, Yin, Yang, Cold and Heat in each phase of menstrual cycle by acupuncture and herbal medicine helps to restore fertility in the patient such as:

  • Balance the fertility hormones FSH, LH, E, P, AMH
  • Normalize the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian axis.
  • Increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus.
  • Improve the quality and number of eggs.
  • Increase lining of uterus.
  • Make a positive effect for women with PCOS.
  • Reduce the recurrent miscarriages.
  • Reduce the anxiety and stress that affect fertility.
  • Promote ovulation.

-Dr. Chun-Ming Fu, Acupuncturist – Irvine, CA.

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