Fertility Treatment Clinic Melbourne
“Boost your Fertility with Acupuncture at Long Life Health”
Despite advancements in modern medicine and technology, some women are burdened with the inability to get pregnant. Reproduction, which is a sacred function in any culture, facilitates the continuation and sustainability of life.
Therefore, when a woman is unable to get pregnant, it can be a particularly challenging experience for the couple. The situation is only worsened when modern techniques to improve a woman’s fertility prove to be either risky, ineffective, or painfully expensive.
When this is the case, one ancient technique that has stood the test of time remains. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine have been treating infertility problems and supporting the wellbeing of women for thousands of years. Within this period, various scientific studies have been conducted to ascertain the credibility of these procedures, and as highlighted below, the evidence is compelling.
The Ancient Concept behind Acupuncture
The traditional Chinese theory for acupuncture claims that infertility is a consequence of the interruption of Qi or the life energy. Therefore, the aim of the acupuncture treatment is to restore, calm, and increase the body’s ability to accept the creation of life. Needles are inserted in specific points on the body’s meridians (channels), which are linked to the organs required for reproduction, including the brain.
Infertility is assumed to have a root and a branch. The root represents the underlying source, while the branch is the exhibited symptoms. There are various root causes such as a stagnation of liver Qi that manifest in different ways. Practitioners at Long Life Health perform tests such as feeling the pulse and checking the tongue to determine the root of the Qi imbalance and consequently recommend the best treatment programme.
At Long Life Health we suggest positive lifestyle changes to our fertility patients. These, along with Chinese herbs and acupuncture treatment aim to improve the effectiveness of fertility treatments. Cochrane, Smith, Possamai-inesedy & Bensoussan (2016) also conducted a study in which they showed that acupuncture improves menstrual health and reproductive functioning. As evidenced by scientific research, acupuncture may help women get pregnant by reducing inflammation, regulating hormones, and improving blood flow.
Acupuncture for Fertility in Women
Aside from the restoration of Qi, acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus. This creates a rich, healthier and stronger uterine wall to support the embryo’s growth. According to a study by Chang, acupuncture strengthens a weak uterus lining hence reducing the chances of a miscarriage. Increased blood flow to the uterus improves its ability to absorb nutrients and facilitate the growth of an embryo. The role of acupuncture in improving blood flow to the uterus has been proven by thermal imaging and Doppler ultrasounds.
Acupuncture can boost fertility by moderating the release of essential hormones and reducing stress. Zev Rosenwaks from Cornell University and Chang published an article in which they found a significant relationship between the brain hormones that are necessary for conception and acupuncture treatment. They claimed that the treatment stimulates the release of endorphins, which calm the body and regulate the menstrual cycle. Additionally, the study found a neuroendocrine effect involving the ovaries, pituitary glands, and the hypothalamus. This three-way axis affects ovulation and egg production.
Inflammation and other Reproductive problems
Inflammation of the reproductive system is an imbalance that can hinder the development of an egg follicle in the ovary. Additionally, it may upset the balance between estrogen and progesterone, which are vital reproductive hormones. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine also treat polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with anovulatory cycles, hyperprolactinemia, luteal phase defect, unexplained (idiopathic) infertility, and chronic pregnancy loss.
Other benefits of acupuncture regarding fertility include improved follicular and ovarian function. This was evidenced by a study at Oregon Health Sciences University, whereby the researcher reported a direct relationship between the number of egg follicles and acupuncture. Moreover, acupuncture treatment supports and enhances the effectiveness of modern infertility treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) by helping the body function more efficiently. Based on the findings of a study by a group of scholars from the University of Gothenburg and the Scandinavia Fertility Centre, it is advisable for women to undergo acupuncture treatment before and after an embryo transfer procedure.
In summary, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are infertility treatments that may improve the wellness of women while supporting modern treatments. Acupuncture utilizes knowledge accumulated over thousands of years to provide a potentially effective and low-risk treatment.
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Qian, Y., Xia, X. R., Ochin, H., Huang, C., Gao, C., Gao, L., & Meng, Y. (2017). Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of gynecology and obstetrics, 295(3), 543-558.
Takayama, S., Watanabe, M., Kusuyama, H., Nagase, S., Seki, T., Nakazawa, T., & Yaegashi, N. (2012). Evaluation of the effects of acupuncture on blood flow in humans with ultrasound color Doppler imaging. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012.