Acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine make up the oldest medical system in the world. Evidence shows us that Chinese herbology and acupuncture has been in use for over 2000 years. Treating infertility is something that is recorded in some of the most ancient Chinese medical texts and in the last 10 years, modern evidence-based studies have revealed some of the reason why both Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are effective.
- Acupuncture has been shown to regulate hormone levels by moderating the release of beta-endorphin levels in the brain, which improves the release of gonadatrophin-releasing hormone by the hypothalamus, follicle-stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and estrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary.
- Acupuncture reduces stress by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system response.
- Chinese medicine theory states that acupuncture can stimulates the flow of blood to the reproductive area increasing healthy function of the tissues.
- Studies involving male patients have demonstrated a profound increase in semen quality and the amount of sperm produced following treatment with acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Acupuncture is effective in treating most functional aspects of infertility including endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, advanced maternal age, luteal phase defect, premature ovarian failure, and unexplained infertility. Acupuncture has been shown to affect all parameters of sperm analysis and male sexual function.
Chinese herbal medicine is also a powerful therapy for treating all the above conditions and is customizable to target the underlying causes of infertility.
Acupuncture works by increasing the circulation to the reproductive area in men and woman. It also regulates the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, normalizing sex hormones. Acupuncture and the herbs both improve the thickness and structure of the endometrial lining and may have a beneficial effect on egg quality.
Fertility clinics have incorporated acupuncture care into their IVF and IUI treatment protocols. Modern, western style (double-blind, placebo controlled) studies have shown the effectiveness of acupuncture in increasing IVF success. Many IVF clinics are now referring their patients to acupuncture care, and some have even added acupuncturists to their staff. Mainstream OB/Gyns have begun referring their patients for the treatment of endometriosis, menstrual cramping, and menopausal symptoms.
The Acupuncture Evidence Project reviewed the effectiveness of acupuncture for 122 treatments over 14 clinical areas. This is what they had to say, “Our study found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions, with stronger evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness for some conditions than others. Acupuncture is consideredsafe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner and has been foundto be cost-effective for some conditions. The quality and quantity of research into acupuncture’s effectiveness isincreasing.” Acupuncture Evidence Project, p559(1)
At Transformational Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic, we specialize in the treatment of both male and female infertility. We can do advanced hormonal testing, comprehensive blood labs and screen for underlying causes of infertility like hypothyroidism, autoimmune dysfunction and other dysfunctions.
1.The Acupuncture Evidence Project – A Comparative Literature Review 2017 – Acupuncture.org.au. 2017;:181.http://www.acupuncture.org.au/OURSERVICES/Publications/AcupunctureEvidenceProject.aspx
2. Birch S, Lee MS, Alraek T, et al. Overview of Treatment Guidelines and Clinical Practical Guidelines That Recommend the Use of Acupuncture: A Bibliometric Analysis. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Published Online First: 18 June 2018. doi:10.1089/acm.2018.0092