Acupuncture To Aid Fertility And Pregnancy
Acupuncture is an effective treatment that can increase fertility, and can increase chances of giving birth to a healthy child.
Acupuncture is the process of inserting needles along the lines of the body that stimulates acupressure points in order to ease any bodily pain and reduce stress. It comes from Ancient China were it has been practiced for thousands of years, developed to unclog the lanes that allow positive energy to flow through the body.
Today, it has been adapted for other uses, including boosting woman’s fertility. Research has indicated that acupuncture can help women conceive because it relieves stress and anxiety.
Acupuncture has also been proven to reduce depression, which is a common problem for women with infertility.
Our body while under stress produces Cortisol hormone, which has been linked to raise the risk of having a miscarriage. To produce Cortisol the adrenal gland needs progesterone, but we need our progesterone to maintain healthy menstrual cycle and to support pregnancy and avoid miscarriage. After acupuncture treatment patients are relaxed and Cortisol levels are lower.
Acupuncture when used with Western fertility treatments can increase conception rates by 26%.
There has been a recent study from Tel Aviv University that reports, “When combining IUI with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treatments, 65.5% of the test group were able to conceive, compare with 39.4% of the control group, who received no herbal or acupuncture therapy.”
There is even another form of acupuncture: electro-puncture. Electrical stimulation in the needles go to the nerves and helps the body release its endorphins, creating positive effects on fertility. Other studies and medical research confirm that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and balance endocrine system. By increasing the flow of blood to the ovaries and uterus acupuncture is helping eggs to be stronger, nourished and carried to term.
While the results are still too soon to say, early research found that women who did acupuncture for pregnancy were more likely than women who made small changes to get pregnant through in-vitro fertilization.
The practice of acupuncture is safe with a licensed professional.
The acupuncturist will use different points on the head, legs, arms and belly to begin stimulating with needles. Points on the head help with relaxation, points around the belly open up pathways for blood to the ovaries, and points around the legs promotes blood flow to other reproductive organs. The needles are put in for 20-25 minutes as the person relaxes in a quiet room.
Most miscarriages take place within the first three months of pregnancy, women are treated with acupuncture through the first 12 weeks weekly and after that they might continue with the treatment less frequently and treatment is safe to have during pregnancy. Acupuncture can be used to take care of any fertility disorder, especially when combined with herbal remedies, hyperprolactinemia, and polycystic ovation syndrome. It even helps men that may be affected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation that also plays a role in the cause of miscarriages.
When looking for an acupuncturist in Reading (UK), always see an acupuncturist who specializes in treating fertility disorders rather than just a traditional acupuncturist.