Can acupuncture help with infertility problems?
Traditional acupuncturists treat the whole person rather than a disease and therefore attempt to get to the root cause of the problem rather than treating the symptoms and, like other holistic practitioners, will consider all lifestyle and environmental factors before commencing treatment.
Using only acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and homeopathy I treat a wide spectrum of conditions, including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, “unexplained” or “secondary” infertility,’ and male fertility issues.
I can also help increase the chances of success at IVF/IUI as well as offering support to women during pregnancy and childbirth.
I have 25 years experience in the treatment fertility, and all the conditions associated with pregnancy and afterbirth
My two children were born naturally with the help of acupuncture and homeopathy
In many cases, I treated women who had difficulties conceiving; after a course of treatment, they became pregnant.
When these ladies wanted an other child, they again had problems.
After a second course of treatment, they became pregnant a second time.
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Of all the alternative therapies, acupuncture has been shown in controlled scientific studies to be effective in helping treat male and female infertility problems. Acupuncture has, of course, traditionally been successfully employed in China to treat most illnesses, but , in recent years, there have been several interesting controlled scientific studies demonstrating the clinical value of acupuncture for both male and female infertility problems.
For instance, in one study of female infertility, 53 patients with Luteal phase defect (LPD) were treated with different Chinese medicinal herbs at different phases of menstrual cycle.
The patients were treated for three menstrual cycles and there was significant improvement in the luteal phase of endometrium, and a tendency for normalisation of the wave forms and its amplitude after the treatment.
The findings suggested that Chinese herbal medicine capable of replenishing the Kidney could regulate the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis and thus improve the luteal function. Among the 53 cases, 22 (41.5%) conceived but 68.18% of them required other measures to preserve the pregnancy.
Another study involved 45 infertile women suffering from oligoamenorrhea ( 27 cases ) or luteal insufficiency (18 cases ).
Following a complete gynaecological--endocrinological examination, the women were treated with auricular acupuncture (treatment of points on the ear).
Results were compared to those of 45 women who received hormone treatment.
Both groups were matched for age, duration of infertility, body mass index, previous pregnancies, menstrual cycle and tubal patency.
Women treated with acupuncture had 22 pregnancies whereas women treated with hormones had 20 pregnancies.
It was also noted that side-effects were observed only during hormone treatment and various disorders of the autonomic nervous system normalised during acupuncture.
The study concluded that " auricular acupuncture seems to offer a valuable alternative therapy for female infertility due to hormone disorders" being more effective than hormone therapy and with no side effects.
Pj Cousin is a full member of the British Acupuncture Council and of the Unified Register of herbal Practitioners
is one of the oldest and most mysterious form of health care, the first book on this subject is about 2500 years old, and there are indications that the Chinese were already using a crude form of TCM 4000 years ago.
Today, this medical system is widely used in China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and all around Asia; in China alone there are 2500 hospitals specialising in TCM. This complex medical system is taught in 30 Chinese universities, to thousands of students from 120 different countries.
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