Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to treat infertility have been recorded in our ancient books for thousands of years. How can this ancient medicine have such a big impact? Over the past five years, the science behind many studies has shown that:
Acupuncture can increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, which can significantly improve a woman's response to hormone therapy.
Acupuncture has been shown to modulate hormone levels by modulating the release of beta-endorphin levels in the brain, thereby improving the release of hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone, pituitary follicle-stimulating hormone, and ovarian estrogen and progesterone levels.
Acupuncture can reduce stress and overactive sympathetic nervous system responses.
It is speculated that acupuncture can modulate cyclooxygenase and prostaglandin levels in the uterus and reduce uterine motility to improve implantation rates.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine's Journal of Fertility and Infertility has reviewed the utility of acupuncture combined with assisted reproductive technology. With all this solid "evidence" from the past five years, you would think that every fertility clinic in the world would require their patients to undergo acupuncture. That's all changing because of the role acupuncture and Chinese medicine play in helping women get pregnant, and the media coverage of it in recent years.
The Benefits of Acupuncture and IVF
The following video discusses the benefits of acupuncture used with IVF
Preconception Care & Diet
The following video is a clip from the Today Show where Dr Dao from Santa Monica, California was interviewed on the importance of Preconception care and eating for fertility.