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The link between acupuncture and infertility
With many couples facing constant stress from work, finances, or other obstacles in life, health is usually compromised. Often sleeping patterns alter, dietary and lifestyle choices are affected, and stimulants are consumed in order to enhance work productivity.
Although used for thousands of years, acupuncture is relatively new to western society. Recent years have seen an explosion of interest among westerners to address their health concerns through acupuncture. This has led to more interest among health care providers and researchers, hence providing information of its effectiveness for various health concerns––including improving fertility.
How does acupuncture work?
As a holistic approach,acupuncture aims to restore not only physical but also mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. It would seem that acupuncture is the answer to all diseases. Well, this is not the case, but it is recognised as an effective cure for a wide range of medical problems. According to the World Health Organization, there are 28 conditions for which acupuncture has been proved to be an effective treatment.
Stress is a way of life for many people these days. As chronic stress contributes to anxiety and depression, our body does not have the opportunity to recover or respond to the early warning signs in the right way. The above mentioned report suggests that acupuncture may be helpful to couples undergoing in-vitro fertilization, but we can not say it with complete certainty whether it can boost fertility in general. However, the feedback from the majority of women and men who have had acupuncture is that they have benefited enormously, feeling proactive, relaxed, supported and nurtured throughout their treatment.
How can acupuncture improve fertility?
We see many women who suffer from pregnancy ailments seeking acupuncture for morning sickness, headaches, backache,sciatica and also for general well being during pregnancy.
But acupuncture is also recommended if you are in the planning phase of pregnancy. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help support ovulation dysfunction and regulate the menstrual cycle, while it can help improve sperm health in men as well.
Other research does suggest that acupuncture is effective in reducing stress. Since stress has been shown to interfere with getting pregnant, it makes sense that reducing stress levels through acupuncture could theoretically improve the odds of conceiving.
Acupuncture definitely improves blood circulation to the pelvic organs, including the ovaries and uterus. This improved blood flow can help thicken the lining of the uterus, increasing the chances of conception. And last but not least, it has been found to help with beta-endorphins release which helps reducing the risk of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
Acupuncture may also help correct problems with the body’s neuroendocrine system. It can help activate the brain to release hormones that will stimulate the ovaries, adrenal glands and other organs that are involved in reproduction. Acupuncture’s effect on the neuroendocrine system may also help infertile men by stimulating sperm production.
Acupuncture infertility treatment produces few or no side effects while performing the same function as the drugs do: stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of female infertility as well as male infertility. It must be remembered that it takes two to conceive a baby therefore the health of both parents is paramount to success.
The best first step to treating any fertility problem is to contact a specialist. If you do decide to try acupuncture, look no further––except the upper middle part of this page andbook your appointment today.
What to expect during an acupuncture session
It is perfectly understandable if you feel slightly anxious about your first visit at Physio Medicine, especially if you have never had acupuncture before. Acupuncture is based on the theory that vital energy flows through the body along certain pathways. Acupuncturists try to balance this energy and restore health by stimulating specific points along the pathways with thin needles. The sensation you experience is quite personal, and can be experienced initially as dullness or tingling around the insertion site but this is often very pleasant. Once this feeling settles down, you ease into a very restful state and making the session deeply relaxing and enjoyable.
We believe that it is important to make sure you are treated according to your own individual circumstances. On your first visit, our highly trained acupuncture practitioner will take your medical history and lifestyle into consideration, as well as making observational diagnoses. Then we offer a package of acupuncture sessions, which provide the ideal support for your situation.