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The Advantages of Using Acupuncture Fort Lauderdale for Infertility

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With the great leap of modern medical technology, one might think that modern medicine will eventually have an answer to all kinds of health problems and in this age of super computers and nanotechnology the potential is there to make this goal achievable.  The prayers and longings of infertile couples to bear children lie on the success of assisted reproductive technologies (ART); however they are not as effective as one might want it to be.

On the other end of the spectrum of ART, acupuncture offers itself as an all-natural alternative infertility treatment.  It is a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that is around 5,000 years old and its procedure is uniquely Chinese and even a little bit esoteric.  However, it has been widely used in ancient China for many millennia as a way to treat infertility. And it has proven to be quite effective.  Hence, for infertile couples who want to raise children of their own, it is worth knowing and considering this wonderful treatment.

Acupuncture was introduced in the United States in the 1970’s.  It has been introduced in Europe for 200 years and is quite popular for people there who desire an all-natural safe form of treatment.  Mainstream medicine in the US has now accepted acupuncture as a valid form of treatment and this is proven by tens of thousands of physicians who are now also State and board licensed acupuncturists.  Even a gynecologist or infertility clinic regularly provides referrals for acupuncturists who are specialists in fertility problems.

Acupuncture involves the use of filiform needles inserted at vital points on the body. A licensed and well-trained acupuncturist knows the location of acupuncture points (or acupoints) and meridians and knows exactly where to insert the needles needed to treat fertility conditions. The needles help regulate important body functions such as hormonal and blood flow to remedy the factors that cause infertility.

Acupuncture is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to treat female infertility conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) as well as treating multiple miscarriages.  There are some conditions that acupuncture is unable to treat.  Blocked fallopian tubes, fallopian tube adhesions and endometriosis or PID among others are some of these.

When one considers the cost of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment compared to the cost of a complete acupuncture treatment for infertility, one would save several thousands of dollars with acupuncture even with just one cycle of IVF treatment.  And considering that the success rate of IVF is just hovering over 40%, one or two cycles may not be enough to achieve successful fertilization.  This factor alone should be enough to strongly consider acupuncture as a viable alternative treatment for infertility to ART procedures such as IVF.

Written by Valerie

January 13th, 2012 at 11:27 pm