ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY
Why does it work so well?
Because infertility isn't usually a physical problem. It's often an issue related to circulation or energy channels that govern the vitality of your body's organs (including reproductive organs). Rebalancing those bioelectric channels can create enormous healing changes in the function of your reproductive organs.
And the best part?
Acupuncture is non-invasive, surprisingly. The needles themselves are virtually painless and barely enter the skin. That's a huge contrast to the highly invasive (and embarrassing) probing, inserting, extracting, injecting and poking around typically undertaken by conventional infertility clinics. Fertility is an area where acupuncture excels and comes into it's own. Acupuncture works along side western medicine as in IVF and ICU treatments to improve their effectiveness and as a stand alone treatment successfully treats many unexplained fertility cases and Genealogical conditions.
In brief, Chinese medicine can help to improve the success rate of ART (assisted reproductive technology) in a number of ways:
1. -Improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs
2. -Regulate the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
3. -Increase blood flow to the uterus an increase the thickness of the uterine lining
4. -Relax the patient and decrease their stress
5. -Prevent the uterus from contracting
6. -Lessen the side effects of drugs used in ART (assisted reproductive technology)
7. -Strengthen the immune system
8. -Improve semen to create better quality and quantity of embryos
9. -Decrease chances of miscarriage
Both Chinese and Western Medicines have accomplished great feats over the last century, treating numerous diseases, saving thousands of lives, and improving the quality of live for countless others. Using the best of both worlds, it is nowadays possible to significantly increase the success rate of IVF, IUI,ZIFT, ISCI, AHT, TET, PGD, GIFT, SSR.
In fact, a recent German study found that using acupuncture with IVF achieved a 42% clinical pregnancy rate in the test group, compared to 26% in the control group that did not receive acupuncture. This study involved giving acupuncture for just one day, shortly before and after the transfer of the embryos. This rate further increases to at least 60% with broader support of both Chinese herbs and acupuncture in preparation for and support throughout the IVF procedure. As well, both of these modalities can significantly reduce the risk of miscarriage by supporting the female during her entire pregnancy.
A large number of patients who have tried ART(assisted reproductive technology) several times and were unsuccessful have soon become pregnant after Chinese medicine treatments. In clinical observation, the ultrasound shows, that, after acupuncture, the colour of women’s ovaries change from cloudy to bright and clear. The follicles usually double in number, the lining of the uterus becomes thicker, and the number of embryos increases significantly. Patients experience less side effects from the `western drugs and feel more at ease and happy. For male patients. the semen quality significantly improves and the sperm number greatly increases.
1. Fertility issues
2. Up to 60% increase rate of successful IVF,IUI..
3. Pregnancy Support
4. Pregnancy related conditions
5. Pre birth treatments
6. Post natal care
Acupuncture can be especially useful at all stages of pregnancy.
We recommend that most mothers-to-be consider having it every 4- 6 weeks or so as part of a maintenance programme for promoting well being during pregnancy.
It will help improve the blood flow to the uterus and boost your energy levels too. Acupuncture is also good for relieving stress and some of the more common ailments of pregnancy like nausea, fatigue, insomnia or backache.
Anxiety & depression
Backpain & sciatica
Bleeding in pregnancy
Breach & posterior positions
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Fatigue & exhaustion
Symphysis pubis pain
There's plenty it can do in the last few weeks of pregnancy too in helping to prepare you for the birth. It can assist in bringing on the labour, turning breech babies, as well as to help with pain relief during the birth itself. We encourage women to come to us on a weekly basis from 36 weeks onwards as a routine pre birth treatment
Acupuncture as a routine pre-birth treatment
Acupressure in labour
Labour & delivery
After you have your baby we are there to build you up in no time, so you could experience the joy Motherhood from day one!
Postnatal notification treatment
Postnatal depression Breast-feeding problems
Mastitis Afterpains Night sweats Perineal discomfort
Deep vein thrombosis
Dietary advice during and after pregnancy (Nutrition tips on eating not only nourishing healthy food, but the one that is right for your individual body type according to Chinese Medicine)
How Safe Is Acupuncture In Pregnancy?
Acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular for pregnancy related conditions. There is no reported evidence or clinical studies that justify any concerns as to the safety of using acupuncture in the pregnancy related conditions.
Skilled practitioner would have a sufficient knowledge of anatomy, use appropriate techniques, limited amount of needles and avoid the use of contraindicated points as well as appropriate techniques are used when needling points that lie over the growing uterus
Did you say needles? Minimal amount of needles with carefully selected points and no stimulation are used as well as Appropriate techniques are used when needling points that lie over the growing uterus.
Whichever stage you are at, we here to provide a helping hand, every step of the way. We help you and your baby to have the best pregnancy possible!