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Acupuncture and ART procedures

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Oftentimes, the causes of infertility can be difficult to identify.  Some people think of surgery, drugs or assisted reproductive technologies (ART) as ways to overcome their fertility conditions. ART uses in vitro fertilization (IVF), egg-donor transplantation or artificial insemination to achieve successful conception.  These procedures are highly invasive and stressful as well as very expensive.  One treatment of IVF, whether successful or unsuccessful can cost around $20,000 or even more.

Most studies show the effectiveness of acupuncture Davis in enhancing the chances of success of ART procedures when it is incorporated into these procedures.  The time tested and venerable ancient treatment of acupuncture gives numerous health benefits on the female and male reproductive system.  One of these benefits is the high likelihood of success of ART procedures and the lowering of the likelihood for miscarriage. Listed below are some of the benefits acupuncture give to enhance the likelihood of success of ART procedure.

1.  In the 2002 journal of Fertility and Sterility, a study was cited that sparked the interest of infertile couples toward ART procedures coupled with acupuncture. This study showed that more than 40% of women who were given acupuncture prior and after an ART procedure achieved pregnancy while only 26% of women got pregnant using ART treatment with no acupuncture.  Researchers from Cornell University Medical School also in 2002 stated that acupuncture substantially improves the chances of conception because of its ability to mitigate stress and anxiety.  When in stress, the nervous system is stimulated in a way that it diverts blood flow to the uterus and goes to the glands that regulate stress.  With acupuncture, blood flow is restored to the uterus and eggs, which increase fertility.

2.  Acupuncture helps regulate and normalize body systems particularly the endocrine system.  Problems in hormone production and secretion are addressed.  Beta-endorphins are also produced and released and they affect the creation of reproductive hormones which regulate menstrual cycle.  Luteinizing hormone (LH), gonadtropin releasing hormone (GRH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) are responsible for healthier eggs, follicle increase, normal menstruation and other vital ovarian functions; all vital factors in improving fertility.

3.  ART procedures use fertility drugs that contain toxins causing side effects to the body.  The fertility drug Clomid has a side effect that thins the lining of the uterine wall, which increases the risk risk of miscarriage.  Fortunately, acupuncture can neutralize these side effects by pumping more blood flow to the uterus and help its wall lining to thicken.

4.  Another wonderful benefit of acupuncture to human life is its capacity to lessen the risk of miscarriage.  As mentioned above, once the lining wall in the uterus thickens, the embryo can safely secure itself on the uterine wall greatly reducing the chance of miscarriage.

Written by Valerie

November 12th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Posted in Acupuncture