Acupuncture is claimed to be an ancient system of healing developed over thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China. The aim of the treatment is to restore the balance of the universal energy Qi (pronounced chee) in the body, through the painless application of fine needles into strategic points on the body. Qi consists of Yin and Yang and these two opposite, but complementary, forces need to be in balance otherwise disease or illness occurs in the body.
Acupuncture, like allopathic, homeopathy or Ayurveda is a complete system of medicine. Like other systems of medicine it has a treatment for almost every disease and like each of these, it is extremely effective in treating some diseases, but not so effective in others.
Acupuncture in female infertility
Acupuncture can be tried for infertility after a structural abnormality in the woman’s reproductive organ is ruled out. Functionally related infertility is often stress-related and is most common among women who work or live in stressful environments. In Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used to decrease stress in the body by regulating the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. The treatment also addresses possible hormonal imbalances and circulatory problems. Acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterus which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall Normalizes hormones and endocrine system without any side effects
The rate of success will be more (30-40%), if taken before assisted reproductive techniques like IVF, IUI If you choose to undergo IVF, be assured that recent studies have concluded that acupuncture performed immediately before and after IVF significantly increases the chances for a viable pregnancy (ongoing studies confirm these findings.) Acupuncture reduces uterine contractions, which may contribute to the failure of IVF treatments, before, during and after IVF.. Minimally, treatment should be performed 1/2 hour before implantation and 1/2 hour after. In order to achieve maximum benefit, weekly treatments are recommended at least two months prior to the start of IVF. Both should be treated simultaneously and treatment continued for a couple of months.
Acupuncture in male infertility
Male infertility is rarely spoken about but can frequently be the problem when couples are having trouble conceiving. In many cases, men have poor quality sperm or a decreased quantity. The effects of our environment and/or lifestyle seem to be gradually degrading male sperm counts. Within Chinese medicine once again the kidneys play an important role in semen production and quality; however this is not the only cause for infertility in men. Many times infertility is caused by dampness. One major way that dampness is produced is through poor and improper dietary habits. Low sperm count also responds well to acupuncture.