The role of Acupuncture in Female Fertility

| March 30, 2010 | 0 Comments | 419 views

The role of Acupuncture in Female Fertility,One of the vital parts of Traditional Chinese Medicine definitely represents acupuncture, a healing method of insertion sterile and hair-thin needles into specific points on the body, also known as acupuncture points. This article is going to represent few important views of this Traditional Chinese Medicine technique and the important role of acupuncture in female fertility . Traditional Chinese Medicine, also known as TCM recognizes more than 2,000 acupuncture points. This network system is constructed of 12 major meridians or channels that connect directly to 365 major acupuncture points, and through meridians vital energy qi (chee) is conducted throughout the body. When acupuncture is applied to promote woman’s fertility, the technique enhances circulation of blood in woman’s reproductive organs, mostly in ovaries and pelvic area. Consequently acupuncture as a treatment may be beneficial for: • follicles production, • improving uterine lining thickness • enhancing the uterine blood flow. As mentioned above acupuncture recognizes more than 2000 acupuncture points, 365 of them being major acupuncture points, but only few of them being needled when woman is trying to conceive, – when acupuncturist is trying to influence woman’s fertility.

For example, when acupuncturist influences the functioning of woman’s reproductive system, most often acupuncture points include area of the lower back, lower abdomen and legs. When acupuncture experts influences nerve segmental innervations, points included are those of lumbar area, sacrum, and low abdominal region, while acupuncture points located on neck, head, arms and upper back are in strong connection with stimulation of nervous system and thus strongly in relation with so much needed relaxation. At this time it is extremely important to emphasis that only specific acupuncture points can be needled when woman is trying to conceive or during her pregnancy. However, if you are visiting certified acupuncturist, an expert should be well aware of that fact.

The benefits of acupuncture are expressed as a positive effect on woman’s overall health since this technique works by optimizing entire organic system and for this reason improves overall health, which consequently results in increased fertility. Many fertility experts agree that women who undergo acupuncture treatment 3 months before in vitro fertilization (IVF) have significantly higher fertilization success rate. There is also some evidence available that suggests acupuncture as a technique can be helpful in balancing hormonal problems, which is especially the case if woman is suffering from luteinizing hormone, FSH, E2, progesterone, and prolactin hormonal imbalance.

 Acupuncture does not directly influence hormonal imbalance – on contrary – it works indirectly: by influencing hormonal imbalance and working through hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis which consequently influences improvement in hormonal imbalance. Despite the fact that acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, within the modern medical approach to fertility, there still exists a fair amount of controversy and disagreement among the reproductive specialists, and the final verdict is still out on whether acupuncture can improve fertility in general. Although studies do show promising results, fertility experts believe more research is needed before they can say anything for sure. But they do agree on one thing: acupuncture is a safe practice, as long as the practitioner has gone through a three- or four-year training program and as long as the practitioner is a licensed acupuncturist.


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