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Acupuncture as a Viable Treatment for Infertility

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In the United States, infertility treatments normally mean therapies involving conventional medical procedures.  Acupuncture St Helens will seem odd as an option for treating fertility problems.  However, acupuncture has been treating infertility cases in China and parts of East Asia for thousands of years.  In fact, the emperors of China relied on acupuncture to keep them sexually healthy and virile.  Today because of so many negative factors in modern living such as pollution and chemicals that cause sterility and impotency, infertility is a very serious issue for many couples around the world.  Many conventional procedures are offered but in specific infertility cases, nothing trumps acupuncture treatment as a very effective way of overcoming these problems.  Furthermore, these conventional treatments would not be as successful as they claim to be without acupuncture helping them to make their procedures truly effective.

Acupuncture is the practice of utilizing very fine needles and inserting them in the skin to induce the body to heal and treat itself.  The points selected for needle insertion are called acupuncture points and depending on the type of ailment a person suffers from, a specific part in the body will be selected for treatment.  One can view acupuncture as a form of physical therapy that regulates blood flow and hormone levels.  One of the principal causes for infertility is hormonal imbalance.

Today conventional reproductive assisted programs such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), egg-donor transplant or artificial insemination require acupuncture treatment for the patient before the treatment itself is performed.  This is to greatly increase the rate of success of these procedures.   The ability of acupuncture to heal the patient of mental, emotional and physical issues facilitates the effectiveness of these other procedures.

Infertility complications that are non-structural in nature such as polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS, hyperprolactinemia, luteal phase defect, unexplained infertility, frequent miscarriages, elevated follicle stimulating hormone and spasmed tubes can all be ably treated with acupuncture.  Infertility problems in men such as low sperm count, sperm-DNA-fragmentation, poor sperm motility and erectile dysfunction can be cured with acupuncture.

Like most natural health procedures, acupuncture does not work immediately.  The body needs to adjust to the processes of healing.  The same is true for patients who will undergo reproductive assisted programs.  They will be given acupuncture treatment months prior to the program itself.  Acupuncture is not expensive and truly safe.  The cost for acupuncture treatment is merely a fraction of what one spends for one cycle of IVF treatment.  To avoid complications, it is advisable to go to an acupuncturist who specializes in infertility cases and who is licensed, well-trained and has extensive experience with many types of fertility problems.

One type of acupuncture called electro-acupuncture is a very good analgesic/anesthetic for pregnancy labor. It also helps in healing the woman quickly, shortening hospital stay and thus helping cut down on expenses.

Written by Valerie

December 4th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Posted in Acupuncture