What is Acupuncture for Fertility?
by Sage Acupuncture, Sadie Minkoff L.Ac., FABORM
Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese Medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for thousands of years. By placing extremely fine needles just below the skin, acupuncture stimulates specific points along bio-energetic pathways in the body. In this gentle but powerful way, acupuncture triggers the body’s own healing mechanisms to promote optimal health. Because of its effectiveness, acupuncture is now being used throughout the US as a holistic complement to Western medical treatments.
How does acupuncture help fertility?
The goal of acupuncture is to harness the body’s power to heal itself by influencing the way the body processes and transmits signals. Acupuncture’s positive impact on fertility is due, in part, to its effect on circulation and homeostasis (balance). When unimpeded, blood carries nutrients, oxygen and hormones to the uterus and ovaries and their function is improved.
When should I start treatment?
For those who are receiving fertility treatments such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF), acupuncture may be added as a supportive modality. Positive outcomes can be seen after simply adding one acupuncture treatment before, and one after an IVF transfer. A recent study revealed that IVF results were further improved when the patient underwent nine treatments in the month leading up to the IVF transfer. Optimally, we recommend treatment three months prior to a procedure in order to support the last and vital stage of ovarian development.
Points of interest:
- Acupuncture is the oldest medical system still in practice. Acupuncture texts date back to the third millennium BCE and the first gynecology records were published in 1237 AD in China.
- In 1971 New York Times reporter, James Reston, wrote about his experience receiving acupuncture treatment in China for his postoperative appendectomy pain. His writing lead to the expansion of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the US.
- According to the National Institute of Health, millions of Americans use acupuncture each year and an estimated 36% of US adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine.
- The World Health Organization states that acupuncture is appropriate for many reproductive conditions including infertility.
- Studies have found that acupuncture is very safe, with few side effects, and is often a fraction of the cost of other medical interventions.
- In Texas, acupuncturists are licensed by the Texas Medical Board and are required to graduate from a four-year master’s degree program; which includes extensive clinical training in Oriental Medicine as well as the biomedical sciences.
- Acupuncture is part of the larger system of medicine referred to as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Other aspects of this system include: lifestyle recommendations, diet, medical massage, herbal supplements, and exercise.
- Acupuncture needles are sterilized, used only once, and then disposed of. Unlike hypodermic needles that have a hollow shaft, acupuncture needles are solid, making them much thinner and almost painless.
- Most people are surprised to learn that acupuncture treatments are very relaxing. In fact many people fall asleep during the treatment and feel rejuvenated afterwards.
- In the US acupuncture is often used together with Western medical treatments. In China these two complimentary systems are completely integrated and acupuncture has been used in hospitals for over 75 years.
- There is now a full-time acupuncture clinic in the Department of Defense to practice and teach “battlefield acupuncture” to physicians and medical personal treating PTSD and other conditions.
Sage is Austin’s source for natural fertility care. Helping couples conceive and carry healthy babies for over a decade, we understand how important growing your family is to you. The Sage program is designed to support each individual’s unique fertility challenges as well as ease the mental and emotional stress that comes with them.
Our reproductive acupuncturists have obtained the highest credentials in the field. All our practitioners hold Masters of Science degrees in Oriental Medicine, are licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, and Certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
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