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Acupuncture & fertility

The treatment of infertility with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back 2,000 years. These ancient, time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and support a woman’s whole body, unlocking unlimited potential for health, healing and childbearing.

A landmark study published in the medical journal Fertility & Sterility found that acupuncture dramatically improves the chances of becoming pregnant when used in conjunction with other assisted reproductive techniques. Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical Centre in New York reviewed studies and concluded that acupuncture helps to:

  • Increase blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall;
  • Reduce anxiety, stress, and the hormones that are secreted during stressful situations that significantly decrease fertility;
  • Normalize hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, especially in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome;
  • Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility;
  • Regulate menstrual cycle.

In a study published in Human Reproduction Journal, an ultrasound was used to evaluate blood flow to the uterus during acupuncture treatment. The study found blood flow increases during treatment. According to Dr. Nancy Snyderman, “when acupuncture needles are placed correctly, it can affect the nervous system. The idea is that if you stimulate the nervous system, you can make the uterus quiet and allow blood to flow.” Relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow allows for the successful implant of an embryo within the uterine lining. Another study appearing in the British Medical Journal concluded that acupuncture can be offered as a significant, clinically relevant adjunct to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

Acupuncture and TCM can raise the fertility potential for women by affecting the quality, quantity, balance and flow of Qi and blood. When Qi, or vital energy, and blood are circulating freely throughout the body, every cell, tissue and organ is properly nourished and functioning well. When this occurs, a woman’s health and fertility are increased.

According to the theories of acupuncture and TCM, infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi and blood affecting one or more of the Organ Systems.

Acupuncture and TCM provide a safe, effective, drug-free, and natural approach to treating infertility and enjoying a healthy pregnancy. Here are a few reasons to try acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine:

An acupuncturist dose not treat just symptoms and signs, but instead activates the body’s natural healing potential by treating the root causes that have lead to the problem or diseases.

Acupuncture and TCM are completely natural. No drugs are ever used. In the western treatment of infertility, undesired side effects and accumulated toxicity from invasive procedures and drug therapies may occur.

Acupuncture and TCM can be used to strengthen, support and balance overall health and wellbeing, so other fertility procedures are more effective.

The practice of acupuncture and TCM is over 3,000 years old, and has helped millions of people become well and stay healthy.

It works


1. Human Reproduction Journal, Volume 11, #6, 1996

2. Fertility and Sterility, Volume 77, April 2002