Acupuncture Jacksonville uses non-hollow filiform needles to treat the body of numerous physical and mental disorders. Some of the major benefits of acupuncture is it positively stimulates the central nervous system, it releases endorphins and it improves blood circulation throughout the body. It has been used for ages by the Chinese to treat several forms of disorders including infertility. Western research has confirmed the usefulness of acupuncture in treating infertility although Western medical scientists themselves still consider it as fringe medical science. A work study conduct in Germany in 2002 showed that of the 160 women who underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF) (half of which had acupuncture treatments and the other half no), those who received acupuncture had more than 70% success rate in achieving pregnancy while the ones not given acupuncture had less than 40% success in getting pregnant.
Acupuncture treats infertility in many ways. First, it improves blood flow to the reproductive organs particularly to the uterus. This helps thicken the lining of the endometrium greatly boosting the chances of success for egg implantation and successful pregnancy. Secondly, acupuncture regulates and normalizes ovarian production and hormone levels. These factors are very important for IVF procedures as they bestow quality conditions for successful fertilization. Finally, acupuncture can effectively address female fertility conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, spasmed tubes and other factors that increase the risk of miscarriage.
Males can likewise benefit from acupuncture. Acupuncture is known to increase sperm production, better sperm motility, correct sperm DNA fragmentation as well as treat erectile dysfunction.
We can see how acupuncture combined with conventional assisted reproductive techniques (ART) have been very helpful methods in achieving pregnancy and treating infertility. Without acupuncture, these expensive ART programs only attain less than 30% success rate. Now with acupuncture, they claim more than 70% success rate which gives so much hope for childless couples to bear children of their own.
Infertility is a major problem in the United States. For those interested in acupuncture for infertility treatment, look for a licensed acupuncturist who more or less specializes in the treatment of male and female infertility. This is to prevent the patient from experiencing complications, side effect or even accidents and miscarriages (if one is already pregnant) which may happen from less qualified practitioners. It is highly advised to consult with one’s doctor first before trying acupuncture. Also when taking Chinese herbs, make sure the practitioner knows and selects herbs that will not counteract or interfere with one’s IVF medications.
Acupuncture as a stand-alone treatment for infertility is best used for infertility problems that are not caused by structural problems in the body itself. One of these structural problems is blocked fallopian tubes which more or less can only be treated with surgery.