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Embryo Transfer Preparation with Acupuncture Chinese Herbal Medicine

At Almond Wellness Centre we provide acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to support fertility treatments in Melbourne, including IVF embryo transfer preparation (for both fresh and frozen embryo transfer). They are often used to address various aspects like circulation, emotional well-being, uterine lining, and may enhance the chances of successful implantation. Here’s a breakdown of how these traditional methods might be employed:

IVF Embryo Transfer Preparation with Acupuncture

  1. Circulation: Acupuncture can improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, potentially enhancing the environment for successful implantation.
  2. Emotional Well-being: Acupuncture is known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, which are crucial factors affecting fertility. By promoting relaxation and balancing hormones, it can support emotional health during the stressful process of IVF and other fertility treatments.
  3. Uterine Lining: Acupuncture may help thicken the uterine lining by stimulating blood flow to the uterus, creating a more receptive environment for embryo implantation.
  4. Implantation Success: By regulating the body’s systems and reducing stress, acupuncture may enhance the chances of successful implantation.

IVF Embryo Transfer Preparation with Chinese Herbal Medicine

  1. Circulation: Certain herbs in Chinese medicine are believed to improve blood circulation, which can positively impact reproductive organs and the uterus.
  2. Emotional Well-being: Herbal formulas are often customised to address specific emotional imbalances, helping to reduce the extreme stress and anxiety during IVF journey, and promoting a sense of well-being.
  3. Uterine Lining: Specific herbs are thought to nourish and support the uterine lining, aiding in its thickness and receptivity for implantation.
  4. Implantation Success: Herbal medicine, when combined with acupuncture, aims to create a more balanced and receptive body environment for successful implantation.

Preparation Process:

  • Consultation: A practitioner will typically conduct a comprehensive consultation to understand the individual’s health history, current concerns, and fertility goals.
  • Treatment Plan: Based on the assessment, a personalised treatment plan involving acupuncture sessions and specific Chinese herbal formulas will be developed.
  • Timing: Treatments often begin several weeks before the embryo transfer to optimize the body’s condition for implantation.
  • Continued Support: Sessions might continue after the transfer to support the body during the critical early stages of embryo development.

It’s important to work with qualified and experienced practitioners who are specially trained and experienced in fertility support to ensure safety and efficacy. Integrating acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine into the preparation for IVF embryo transfer can complement Western fertility treatments. It’s also essential to discuss this approach with your healthcare provider to ensure compatibility with your overall treatment plan.

Acupuncture Improves IVF Success, New Study Found

IVF embryos

For thousands of years, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been utilised as traditional methods to address infertility. In modern times, it has become increasingly common to incorporate acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for women undergoing IVF treatment.

New research

A recent study published in a leading scientific journal (the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics) has highlighted the positive effects of acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF). The comprehensive review and meta-analysis, conducted by researchers Menghao Xu, Mengdi Zhu, and Cuihong Zheng, analyzed data from 25 trials involving a total of 4,757 participants.

The primary objective of the study was to evaluate the impact of acupuncture on IVF outcomes. The researchers performed a meticulous search of various digital databases, including Pubmed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, the Web of Science, and ScienceDirect. They also reviewed the reference lists of relevant documents to ensure a comprehensive analysis. Furthermore, the included studies underwent a rigorous assessment for biases based on established guidelines.

The findings of the analysis demonstrated a significant improvement in clinical pregnancy and live birth rates among the acupuncture groups compared to the control groups. The pooled data from all the acupuncture groups showed a higher clinical pregnancy rate (43.6%) compared to the control groups (33.2%, P < 0.00001). Similarly, the pooled live birth rate was also higher in the acupuncture groups (38.0%) compared to the control groups (28.7%, P < 0.00001).

The study also investigated various factors related to acupuncture, such as different acupuncture methods, timing of acupuncture sessions, and the number of acupuncture treatments during the IVF cycle. The results indicated that these factors had a positive influence on IVF outcomes.

These findings highlight the potential of acupuncture as a valuable therapy for women undergoing IVF. The researchers concluded that acupuncture could play a significant role in improving pregnancy outcomes in this population. The identification of placebo acupuncture as a viable control measure further supports the validity of future studies.

This study contributes to the growing body of evidence supporting the integration of acupuncture into IVF treatments. By offering a non-invasive and holistic approach, acupuncture provides an additional option for individuals seeking to enhance their IVF success rates.

The analysis of the included trials revealed significant improvements in clinical pregnancy rate (CPR) and live birth rate (LBR) among the acupuncture groups. The pooled CPR of all the acupuncture groups (43.6%) was significantly higher than that of all the control groups (33.2%, P < 0.00001), while the pooled LBR of all the acupuncture groups (38.0%) was significantly higher than that of all the control groups (28.7%, P < 0.00001). The study also found that different acupuncture methods, timing of acupuncture sessions, and number of acupuncture treatments in the IVF cycle positively influenced IVF outcomes.

“These findings suggest that acupuncture can play a significant role in improving pregnancy outcomes for women undergoing IVF,” explained the researchers. They also noted that placebo acupuncture was identified as a viable control measure, ensuring the validity of future studies.

Almond Wellness Centre Melbourne

Dr Zeng in the IVF clinic

Dr Zeng in the IVF clinic

In light of these findings, Almond Wellness Centre, the premier acupuncture Chinese medicine clinic in Fertility IVF acupuncture in Melbourne, places a strong emphasis on integrating of acupuncture and Chinese medicine with infertility treatments. With over two decades of experience, the centre offers acupuncture treatment for IVF patients. The clinic director of Almond Wellness Centre Melbourne, Dr. Richard Zeng, expressed pride in their ongoing commitment to integrating acupuncture, electroacupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, which consistently yield positive results in increasing IVF pregnancy rates and live birth rates.

For individuals interested in incorporating acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine to enhance their IVF journey, we invites them to contact our experienced team, or visit our Coburg acupuncture clinic or Ringwood acupuncture clinic. This initial step can help improve IVF outcomes and bring individuals closer to realising their dream of parenthood.

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“According to the researchers, these findings suggest that acupuncture can play a significant role in improving pregnancy outcomes for women undergoing IVF. Moreover, placebo acupuncture was identified as a viable control measure.”


Acupuncture, Assisted reproductive technology, In vitro fertilisation,IVF, Pregnancy rate.


Xu M, Zhu M, Zheng C. Effects of acupuncture on pregnancy outcomes in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2023 Jul 12. doi: 10.1007/s00404-023-07142-1.

Acupuncture male infertility research

Influence of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in assisted reproductive technology

J Huazhong Univ Sci Technolog Med Sci. 2002;22(3):228
Zhang M, Huang G, Lu F, Paulus WE, Sterzik K.
Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030.

The clinical effects of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in sperm parameter and on therapeutic results in assisted reproductive technology were investigated. 22 patients failed in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with idiopathic male infertility were treated with acupuncture twice weekly for 8 weeks, followed by ICSI treatment again. The sperm concentration, motility, morphology, fertilization rates and embryo quality were observed. Quick sperm motility after acupuncture (18.3% +/- 9.6%) was significantly improved as compared with that before treatment (11.0% +/- 7.5%, P < 0.01). The normal sperm ratio was increased after acupuncture (21.1% +/- 10.4% vs 16.2% +/- 8.2%,P < 0.05). The fertilization rates after acupuncture (66.2%) were obviously higher than that before treatment (40.2%, P < 0.01). There was no significant difference in sperm concentration and general sperm motility between before and afteracupuncture. The embryo quality after acupuncture was improved, but the difference between them was not significant (P > 0.05). Acupuncture can improve sperm quality and fertilization rates in assisted reproductive technology.

PMID: 12658811 [PubMed-indexed for MEDLINE]

Does acupuncture treatment affect sperm density in males with very low sperm count? A pilot study

Andrologia Volume 32 Issue 1 Page 31 January 2000
S. Siterman, F. Eltes, V. Wolfson, H. Lederman & B. Bartoov

Classic therapies are usually ineffective in the treatment of patients with very poor sperm density. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of acupuncture on these males. Semen samples of 20 patients with a history of azoospermia were examined by light microscope (LM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM), with which a microsearch for spermatozoa was carried out. These examinations were performed before and 1 month after acupuncture treatment and revealed that the study group originally contained three severely oligoteratoasthenozoospermic (OTA), two pseudoazoospermic and 15 azoospermic patients. The control group was comprised of 20 untreated males who underwent two semen examinations within a period of 24 months and had initial andrological profiles similar to those of the experimental group. No changes in any of the parameters examined were observed in the control group. There was a marked but not significant improvement in the sperm counts of severely OTA males following acupuncture treatment (average=0.7±1.1 10 6 spermatozoa per ejaculate before treatment vs. 4.3±3.2 10 6 spermatozoa per ejaculate after treatment). A definite increase in sperm count was detected in the ejaculates of 10 (67%) of the 15 azoospermic patients. Seven of these males exhibited post-treatment spermatozoa that were detected even by LM. The sperm production of these seven males increased significantly, from 0 to an average of 1.5±2.4 10 6 spermatozoa per ejaculate (Z= 2.8, P <0.01). Males with genital tract inflammationexhibited the most remarkable improvement in sperm density (on average from 0.3±0.6 106 spermatozoa per ejaculate to 3.3±3.2 10 6spermatozoa per ejaculate; Z=2.4, P 0.02). Two pregnancies were achieved by the IVF-ICSI procedure.It is concluded thatacupuncture may be a useful, nontraumatic treatment for males with very poor spermdensity, especially those with a history of genital tract inflammation.

Modification of semen quality by acupuncture in subfertile males

[Article in German]
Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd. 1984 Aug;44(8):510
Fischl F, Riegler R, Bieglmayer C, Nasr F, Neumark J.

Our first attempt in treating subfertility by acupuncture was carried out on 28 males. The results obtained from the experiences in veterinary medicine encouraged us to attempt this type of therapy. Each patient received a total of 10 treatments for a period of three weeks. Several spermiograms were made afterdiagnosis subfertility. We checked spermiograms and hormone levels before and after acupuncture. Total count, concentration and motility were evaluated. In all cases we observed a statistically significant improvement of sperm quality. Having obtained these good results in our first studies, we now intend to continue acupuncture therapy in subfertile males for insemination or intercourse at the time of the ovulation of their female partners.

PMID: 6566639 [PubMed-indexed for MEDLINE]

Acupuncture Combined with Herbal Medicine Effects on Outcomes of Patients with Endometriosis Who Accepted IVF-ET

Liaoning Chinese Medicine Journal

Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Boost IVF Success in Endometriosis Patients

In a study conducted in northeastern China, 180 women diagnosed with endometriosis undergoing IVF treatments were divided into three groups. The study aimed to determine the impact of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on IVF outcomes.

The Findings:

  1. The acupuncture combined with herbal medicine group had notably higher pregnancy rates compared to those who did not receive acupuncture.
  2. Among the three groups undergoing IVF, the one with acupuncture and herbal medicine showed significantly better outcomes in terms of oocyte retrieval, fertilization rates, implantation success, and overall pregnancy rates.
  3. The patients receiving acupuncture combined with herbal medicine reported better satisfaction scores than those only receiving medicine.

Conclusion: The study concludes that the use of acupuncture alongside herbal medicine had a substantial positive impact on IVF outcomes for women with endometriosis. This combined approach proved more effective than solely using medicine during IVF treatments.