Acupuncture is making a name for itself in treating infertility, especially following comprehensive scientific studies that support its use in restoring fertility.
A study published in 2002, found that in women receiving embryo transfers, those that received two, 25-minute acupuncture treatments had a higher rate of pregnancy.
The treatments were administered once prior to having embryos transferred and one directly afterwards.
Improving IVF success rates isn’t the only effect of acupuncture. Below is a list of the potential fertility-boosting effects of acupuncture:
Acupuncture is believed to stimulate and move Qi, a form of life energy, throughout the body. Illnesses are believed to be the result of an inadequate flow of Qi.
Acupuncture generally stimulates the growth and release of just one egg and shouldn’t be substituted for medical options that increase the number of eggs ovulated.
Acupuncture increases the production of endorphins, which play a role in regulating the menstrual cycle.
Acupuncture may directly impact the number of egg follicles available for fertilization in women undergoing IVF.
Acupuncture probably increases blood supply to the ovaries by dilating the arteries and increasing blood flow.
Acupuncture should not be substituted for modern medicine aimed at correcting anatomical or structural problems such as blocked fallopian tubes.
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