• Liyan Lu

Acupuncture Helps Fertility

Updated: Sep 23

Acupuncture is one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine used to improve fertility and possibly treat infertility. According to traditional Chinese medicine, there are channels of "energy" called meridians, like rivers running through the body to nourish the organs and tissues. Stagnation of the flow can cause physical and emotional illnesses, including infertility. Needling the acupuncture points may unblock meridians, allow the energy to flow freely, rebalance the entire system to help with fertility.

The Western scientific explanation is quite different. One theory is that acupuncture may trigger the body to release chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system, enhance natural healing abilities and improve physical and emotional well-being. Research has shown that acupuncture increases the number of beta-endorphins flowing through the body as feel-good hormones to relieve pain.

According to the preliminary research of acupuncture for infertility, it may increase pregnancy rates during IVF treatment cycles by having acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer. It also improves blood flow to the uterus, endometrial lining, and gonadotropin-releasing hormone regulating ovulation for PCOS women. It may increase sperm count and quality for infertility men. It reduces stress and anxiety levels.

The above information abstracted from http://infertility.about.com/od/alternativetreatments/f/how_acupuncture.htm

Dr. Lu has both Conventional and Chinese medicine training to serve as a bridge between the two medical worldviews. She offers a unique, holistic, and alternative treatment for women who have been walking the painful road of infertility and would like to try another path or see if Chinese medicine helps their Western treatment be more effective.

Our regular treatment procedure is first Ping's meridian massage would be performed to improve circulation and relax the mind & body. Second, needles would insert into the specific acupuncture points. It helps reduce stress & anxiety, improve sleep, boost the energy level and restore the body to better health. According to our conservative estimates, the pregnancy rate is 60-70% after fertility treatments at our clinic. Many of our patients get good results, conceive, and carry a healthy baby to full term by treating the entire system.

Taji, Yoga, Pilates, or Yogilates can help with physical and mental overall well-being.

A healthy diet may help detoxification, improve health conditions and boost the body's healing power. Please check www.healthyping.com for healthy foods to help with general health and fertility.

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