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Fertility Support

Acupuncture for Fertility Support

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been used for centuries to address various health issues, including fertility. Here’s how they can help:


  1. Regulating Hormones: Acupuncture can help balance the endocrine system, which regulates hormones. This can be crucial for women experiencing hormonal imbalances that affect ovulation and menstrual cycles.
  2. Improving Blood Flow: By stimulating specific points, acupuncture enhances blood flow to the reproductive organs. This increased circulation can improve the health of the uterine lining, making it more receptive to implantation.
  3. Reducing Stress: Acupuncture promotes relaxation and reduces stress levels, which is beneficial since high stress can negatively impact fertility.
  4. Enhancing Ovarian Function: It can help improve ovarian function and the quality of eggs, which is especially important for women of advanced maternal age.
  5. Regulating the Menstrual Cycle: Acupuncture can help regulate irregular menstrual cycles, improving the chances of natural conception.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

  1. Herbal Medicine: TCM uses a variety of herbs to support fertility. These herbs can help balance hormones, improve the uterine lining, and enhance overall reproductive health.
  2. Diet and Nutrition: TCM often includes dietary recommendations to improve fertility. This might involve eating foods that are believed to nourish the reproductive system and avoiding those that can create imbalances.
  3. Qi (Energy) Flow: TCM focuses on balancing the body’s energy, or Qi. When Qi is flowing smoothly, the body’s organs, including the reproductive system, function optimally.
  4. Addressing Underlying Conditions: TCM aims to treat the root cause of infertility, whether it’s related to kidney deficiency, blood stasis, or other imbalances within the body.
  5. Holistic Approach: TCM treats the body as a whole. By improving overall health, TCM can create a more favorable environment for conception and pregnancy.

Studies and Evidence

  • Improved Outcomes: Some studies have shown that acupuncture can improve the success rates of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) treatments by enhancing uterine receptivity and reducing stress.
  • Hormonal Balance: Research indicates that acupuncture can positively affect levels of hormones like LH, FSH, and estrogen, which are crucial for ovulation and maintaining a pregnancy.

Practical Applications

  • Frequency of Treatment: For fertility, acupuncture is often recommended weekly, especially around critical times in the menstrual cycle (like ovulation).
  • Combined Approach: Many practitioners suggest combining acupuncture with other fertility treatments, whether conventional or TCM, to maximize the chances of success.

Overall, acupuncture and TCM offer a holistic approach to improving fertility by addressing both physical and emotional aspects of health. For those struggling with fertility, especially in advanced maternal age, these practices can provide significant support and improvement in reproductive health.

“Emily is one of the most caring and positive medical professionals I have dealt with. I suffered from unexplained infertility. I went through nearly a year of fertility treatment without any success. Emily was able to help balance my body naturally through acupuncture and Chinese herbs and I got pregnant naturally without any other medical treatment. I did many months of treatments, but for me it was well worth it mentally and physically to go this route instead of continuing more in-depth infertility treatments. Whether you decide to work together with a fertility doctor and acupuncture or just acupuncture, I highly recommend seeing Emily! Mentally and physically, she has helped me so much through this process and I am very grateful for her!” – CM. K.

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