Let The Energy Flow!
In the Far East, the ancient practice of acupuncture continues to garner outstanding results for all sorts of malfunctions within the body. It involves the painless insertion of very thin needles into special points on the body. Each of these points, more than 2,000 of them, are associated with various pathways of the natural energy flow of the body, called the Chi (pronounced chee). When there is a blockage in the flow of energy, the body malfunctions-physically, mentally and emotionally. In acupuncture practice, the pathways (called meridians) are unblocked and the Chi is allowed to flow properly. In turn, this helps regulate and improve body functions.
Once Laughed At, Acupuncture Has Found Its Place
Western medicine has looked at healing through one specific lens and until recently has brushed other forms of medicine off as illegitimate, snake oil, or not verifiable. However, it is undeniable. Acupuncture works and, fertility acupuncture has been successful in treating and complimenting traditional treatment for many infertility issues. Western research has finally verified (although somewhat veiled) that acupuncture has clear impact on the body's systems. From eliminating pain and strengthening immunities to regulating hormones and addressing infertility, acupuncture is now recognized as an acceptable and effective method of healing.
Acupuncture And The Treatment Of Female Infertility
When used to treat female infertility, acupuncture helps to regulate the reproductive hormones and aids in the maturation of eggs. The flow of the hormones FSH and estrogen are regulated within the brain, by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. Acupuncture needles are inserted into meridians far away from these organs, so there's no need to worry.
Acupuncture is particularly effective in the treatment of hormonal imbalances and irregularities in the menstrual cycle. It can be applied in conjunction with traditional Chinese herbs and medicines or pharmaceuticals. In more severe cases such as PCOS or anovulation, acupuncture has been useful. Ovulatory problems, where the failure to ovulate is connected with FSH imbalances, indicating a low ovarian reserve, as well as luteal phase defect related to progesterone imbalances, are both very treatable with acupuncture.
Acupuncture can be used to help stimulate egg production and regular ovulation during the first phase of the menstrual cycle, and then provide hormonal balance during the luteal phase. PMS symptoms, anxiety, stress and the frustrations associated with trying-to-conceive (TTC) can all be helped with acupuncture. Since acupuncture also helps blood flow, it is beneficial to the building up of the endometrium (uterine lining) in preparation for the implantation of the fertilized egg. If progesterone levels are not high enough to sustain the lining of the uterus during the luteal phase of the cycle, acupuncture may lessen the chance of miscarriage by helping to sustain the integrity of the lining.
Men With Fertility Issues May Be Helped, Too
Men who suffer with infertility issues due to sperm production can also be helped with acupuncture since it may help in strengthening the sperm and enhancing the sperm count. Acupuncture has also proven to be an effective support for couples undergoing IVF as it helps to maintain balance of hormones, assists ovulation and egg maturation, and helps to reduce anxiety and stress.