Friday, 18 November 2011

Infertility and Acupuncture - Does Acupuncture Help With Infertility?

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Small-scale studies indicate acupuncture can increase uterine blood flow. Doppler ultrasound technology shows improved blood flow for most of the patients, and pregnancy success increased.

Preliminary research has determined acupuncture can restore a regulated endocrine system and trigger ovulation. A 2002 German study, 80 IVF patients received acupuncture care before and after intrauterine embryo transfers. 50 percent of the women conceived, according to a report in the journal of Fertility and Sterility, in comparison with a 26 percent success rate in the control group.

The important thing is to find a qualified practitioner. Ask for personal referrals from other women that may be going through the same concerns. Find a practitioner that is affiliated with the Western medical community that can understand Eastern and Western medical thought. A practitioner that incorporates Traditional Chinese medicine into their practice through acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and diet is very important.


Chinese herbs can address a multitude of concerns regarding regulating the cyclical patterns of optimal reproductive health both men and women. Herbs can help to harmonize the endocrine system which can regulate the menstrual cycle, ovulation, luteal phase, etc. It is important to find a skilled practitioner that has the clinical experience formulating herbs correctly, dosage amount, and awareness with contraindications there may be with other medications the patient may be taking.

Diet and Nutrition:

In Chinese medicine, this is referred to as proper food-combining. You eat with the five flavors. They are salty, bitter, sweet, sour, and spicy. All of the flavors have a direct effect upon the specific organ systems associated with each flavor and the direct relationship to that organ. Other nutritional concerns with pregnancy preparation are caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco intake and the effects on egg production. Research shows that foods rich in zinc boost reproductive health. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, seeds build seeds right. Yams may support reproductive hormones.

the research is the cornerstone of a group of related studies of yam intake and genetic predisposition to multiple births now under way at Yale and Harvard and in Nigeria. Demographic and scientific studies conducted in the early 1970s pointed to white yams as the culprit in the mystery of multiple births in southwestern Nigeria. The hypothesis is that yams act as anti-estrogens, the chemical link between yams and fertility and has yet to isolate an anti-estrogen from yams. Anti-estrogens fool the brain into thinking there is insufficient estrogen, causing it to release more of a hormone called gonadotrophin and increase the ovulation rate. This could potentially mean yams are great for improving ovulation in general. Interesting study though.

Hope this is helpful and informative.

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Karin Kramer, Licensed Acupuncturist in Boston, MA
On Point Acupuncture & Wellness

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