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Why Fertility Treatments: IVF and acupuncture; are a fertile combination?
IVF and acupuncture; a fertile combination?
In this article, we are going to have a look at how combining fertility acupuncture with IVF increases the chances of conception. When Eastern traditions are combined with Western modern medicine, then the combination is often a positive increasing the chances of full-term healthy pregnancy. Combining fertility based acupuncture with the latest IVF techniques and procedures not only reduces stress and anxiety but also correlates with higher pregnancy rates and better overall outcomes.
This article is meant to be informative and interesting to anyone that is looking for a general overview of the subject. There are many great in-depth papers on acupuncture and IVF, if after reading this you are interested in learning more about the subject, then please don't hesitate to contact us.
Acupuncture is a powerful therapy that works alongside your IVF cycle. Studies show that success rates are increased when fertility acupuncture is added to IVF treatments.
Practitioners of acupuncture work on the ancient theory that traveling through the body is a life force called chi. Acupuncturists use a system whereby placing tiny needles (painlessly) into a grid pattern that covers the whole body, stimulates certain key energy points. These points stimulate and regulate a balance in the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health of the patient. A more modern, and Western-world take on this phenomenon delves into the areas of brain chemistry.
So, how does acupuncture help? Firstly, blood flow to the ovaries and uterus can be improved. This helps to make the uterine lining healthier and assist healthy follicle development. Stress hormones also interfere with follicle development; acupuncture can reduce the production of these hormones.
An important effect of acupuncture is the ability to reduce stress and the effects of stress on fertility and help promote the feeling of calmness in the body. Hormone signaling is a very important part of a successful IVF cycle. Acupuncture helps to calm emotions, a calm and stress-free patient develops better hormone signaling and helps the pituitary and hypothalamus to communicate with ovaries.
Here at tree of life acupuncture, we believe that preparation is a fundamental part of successful treatment. In the same way that sportsmen and women train before an event, to reach peak fitness when it is needed, acupuncture can help to prepare your body for the IVF cycle. At the initial consultation, Dr. Jack will develop a program that is personalized to you and looks personal history, currently treatment and many other criteria into account. Making small changes to your lifestyle and diet can play a large part in the success of your treatment. As well as acupuncture therapy we can also recommend modifications to diet that also contribute to improvement. Here is a link to an article on our Google plus page to learn more about the subject here: http://goo.gl/kO0lhC
As mentioned above there are many studies that show acupuncture to be beneficial when combined with IVF. These are clinical studies and, in general, use two groups, one has acupuncture treatments, and the other is the control. Results show that the group that had acupuncture therapy were almost twice as likely to get pregnant.
Due to the nature of research, these studies don’t take a whole life view, only the actual acupuncture part of the treatment. We look at many factors and treatments modalities when developing what is best for each case. The combination of IVF, acupuncture and lifestyle and nutritional modifications help to treat the whole person and help to increase pregnancy outcomes.