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Infertility Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Infertility Acupuncture is considered alternative, safe and complementary treatments to help conceive.  Infertility is defined as the inability to produce offspring in a woman who has been trying to conceive for 2 years with unprotected sexual intercourse. Infertility affects about 10 to 15% of the population in North America.

According to Chinese medicine, infertility arises from factors like constitutional weakness, overwork, sexual activity at too early an age, irregular diet or poor lifestyle. Kidneys, Heart and the Uterus are the key organs for fertility. The health of these organs is central to conception.

  • A kidney deficiency is often the underlying cause of being unable to conceive. It is implicated in male and female infertility alike. Poor kidneys will affect the menstrual cycle in women and sperm count in men. Kidneys affect the libido and sexual function as well.
  • The heart encompasses the mind, the hypothalamus, and pituitary gland. Those are the glands that control and balance the hormones. The heart also houses the spirit, which contributes to the mental emotional aspect of reproduction.
  • A stagnation of qi or blood in the uterus or the pelvic cavity can block the blood flow in the area and cause difficulties with implantation.

Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been used for centuries to treat various conditions. Acupuncture for fertility is believed to help improve blood flow and circulation to the reproductive organs, which can help increase fertility. Some studies have also shown that acupuncture may help regulate hormone levels and improve ovulation.

Infertility Treatment

In order to treat infertility, TCM seeks to harmonize the body by:

  • Regulating the adrenals and correcting hormone imbalances
  • Strengthening the uterine area
  • Helping in reducing anxiety and stress in general
  • Improving the outcome of assisted reproductive methods
  • Helping with not just conception but sustaining a healthy pregnancy

I have all the respect for western methods that couples today opt for. Success rates of assisted reproductive methods have somewhat improved over the years. Studies have shown that an integrative approach is even more successful – Infertility Acupuncture alongside IVF increases outcomes by an average of 20%. Aside from improved outcomes, acupuncture can also help reduce the side effects of medications.

Trying to conceive can be frustrating and daunting – it does not need to be so.  In my opinion, it is more of a journey than a struggle.

Acupuncture Services and Conditions its known to treat

Acupuncture is known to treat a variety of conditions, some of which includes:

Cardiovascular Disorder

Cardiovascular Disorder

Cardiovascular disorders affect the heart and the circulation of blood. They can be classified as either congenital or acquired and can also include cardiomyopathies.

Cardiovascular Disorder

Respiratory Conditions

Respiratory Conditions

Acupuncture works to complement Western Medicine and can be a successful treatment for respiratory conditions. Acupuncture for respiratory conditions have been found to improve the quality of life for patients with asthma and COPD.

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Sore throat
  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal congestion
Respiratory Conditions

Digestive Issues

Digestive Issues

Digestive disorders include many different conditions that can cause pain or discomfort in the stomach, intestines and other parts of the digestive tract. Acupuncture has been found to provide relief for gastrointestinal disorders.

  • Esophagitis
  • Acid reflux
  • Gastritis
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
Digestive Issues

Obstetrics and Gynecological

Obstetrics and Gynecological

Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, has been used in obstetrics and gynecology to relieve pain and other symptoms such as labor pain, menopause, menstrual cramps, and infertility. It also helps with insomnia and other painful conditions like trigeminal neuralgia.

  • Hormonal dysregulation
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Painful or heavy menstruation
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
Obstetrics and Gynecological

Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal pain can range from mild to severe pain. There are many benefits of acupuncture including decreased pain, reduced inflammation, and improved function.

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sports injuries
Musculoskeletal Pain

Psychological conditions

Psychological conditions

Psychological conditions can be used both to prevent or stop anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and other emotional problems. It has shown to be effective in treating both physical and psychological conditions.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Substance abuse
  • Addictions
Psychological conditions

Neurological Conditions

Neurological Conditions

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in conditions ranging from minor pain to deadly cancer and neurological disorders. Scientific research has shown that electroacupuncture promotes the release of neurotransmitters in the brain which can help ease symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Neuralgias
  • Forms of paralysis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
Neurological Conditions

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