Fertility and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Have you been trying without success to get pregnant? Have you been unable to carry a pregnancy to term? Would you like to get pregnant naturally? Would you like to optimize your chances of getting pregnant using assisted reproductive technologies (ART)? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may want to consider acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The enhancement of fertility has been at the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 5,000 years.

Q. How does acupuncture improve fertility?

A. Acupuncture causes a reduction of stress hormones and a release of endorphins that produce a profound state of relaxation. Research has shown that women with elevated stress levels have significantly lower pregnancy rates. Regular acupuncture treatments result in the correction of the body’s neuro-endocrinological activity resulting in hormonal regulation and balance. The insertion of needles in specific acupoints in the body increases ovarian and uterine blood flow. This increased flow stimulates ovulation and enhances growth of the uterine lining. Acupuncture supports implantation and growth of the embryo during the very crucial initial stages of fetal development.

Q. How does herbal therapy improve fertility?

A. Herbs work to nourish and strengthen the body; assimilation of critical nutrients supports a healthy pregnancy. The quality of ovarian eggs and the thickness of the uterine lining are dependent on adequate nutrition. When present in the reproductive area, inflammation creates yet another obstacle to fertility, so acupuncturists prescribe specific herbs to reduce inflammation. Lastly, other select herbs are effectively used to regulate and balance hormone levels.

Q. Is Traditional Chinese Medicine helpful in combination with ART and IVF?

A. For women who partake in Traditional Chinese Medicine while undergoing assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and in vitro fertilization (IVF), acupuncture and herbs are used to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. Fertility is supported by stimulating ovulation, regulating hormones and regulating the menstrual cycle. Traditional Chinese Medicine provides invaluable support for women by helping to return the body to a state of optimum balance.

Q. Are there TCM benefits for men?

A. Traditional Chinese Medicine is commonly used to increase and improve the quality, motility and quantity of sperm. Since male infertility accounts for over 40% of infertility issues in couples, male partners are encouraged to partake in regular treatments to address potential sperm issues. Strengthening the male partner increases the odds of pregnancy.

From: http://www.acupuncture.com/newsletters/m_jan10/fertility.htm