Watch as Dr. Kimberly Leupold, owner of Holistic Health Care Centers in Lisle, IL and Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, explains research regarding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and infertility treatments. Dr. Kimberly shares TCM theory and biomedical mechanisms of how acupuncture supports fertility. Dr. Kimberly walks you through a fertility support treatment explaining the purpose of each acupuncture point.
Treatment example to help increase fertility before ovulation, IUI, or IVF treatments.
Treatment example after ovulation, IUI, or IVF treatments.
Both clinically and scientifically, acupuncture is shown to improve fertility. Additionally, It is a very powerful complimentary medical treatment with IVF treatments. Many research studies have been conducted showing improved fertility rates through the use of acupuncture. Clinically, combining several forms of holistic care is most productive in attaining and supporting pregnancy.
Since acupuncture success is highly affected by the skill and training of the acupuncturist, more standardized research is needed to offer definitive findings. When seeking fertility support, it is imperative to receive acupuncture only by a licensed acupuncturist.
Please read the following articles to learn more about scientific acupuncture for fertility support and infertility treatments.
"Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women
undergoing in vitro fertilization: systematic review and meta-analysis
The odds ratio of 1.65 suggests that acupuncture increased the odds of
clinical pregnancy by 65%."
This article is richly filled with practical information along with many scientific research studies. Below is an excerpt from the article:
"In a study of 160 women, published April 2002 in the reproductive journal Fertility and Sterility, a group of German researchers found that adding acupuncture to the traditional IVF treatment protocols substantially increased pregnancy success" (Bouchez, 7).
According to this article:
"'Acupuncture, which is nontoxic and relatively affordable, holds much promise as a complementary or alternative fertility treatment,' said Dr. Raymond Chang of New York Weill Cornell Medical Center" (2).
"'Only appropriate training and certification of acupuncture practitioners by state agencies can facilitate the integration of acupuncture into the treatment of female infertility, and health care in general'"(3).
Acupuncture helps fertility by addressing problems such as an under-functioning
thyroid (Hypothyroidism) or over-functioning thyroid (Hyperthyroidism).
Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture
points on the body which reside on channels or meridians; these are pathways in
both the exterior and interior of the body. These points, when needled, can
regulate the way in which the body functions.
Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal
medicine, has been used for
centuries to treat some but not all causes of infertility. For example, acupuncture
and herbs will not work to address tubal adhesions which can occur as a result of
pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis.
However, in this situation, an individual could still benefit from acupuncture and
herbs because of the potential effect of the improved ovarian and follicular
function. Additionally, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium,
helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.
Acupuncture is similar to physical
therapy in that it is a process-oriented method of
medical intervention. It is better to do more than less. Patients are commonly treated
for three to four months before progressing to insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF),
or donor-egg transfer. This pacing of treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect.
In a study by Stener-Victorin et al from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and the University of Gothenburg, women are
encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer.
Clinical observations from the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness suggest that
the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal
medicine, and traditional medicine. However, conception occasionally occurs when
acupuncture and herbal medicines are used without traditional medical interventions.
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