Finally was able to schedule my first acupuncture session. I have been wanting to do this for a while… In a previous post I talked about Acupuncture for Fertility, and I am all about giving new things a try. You never know what will help.
I am very excited and nervous all at once. I am not exactly sure what to expect, but I am going in open minded and ready to take in the whole experience. Only wish my husband wasn’t deathly scared of needles so he could be there by my side.
I have decided to try acupuncture! I have spoken with an acupuncturist in Portland and I am getting ready to scheduling my first visit… where they are going to go over my symptoms and get a better understanding of my history and let me know what my treatment would consist of and begin my first treatment.
Since my main reason for infertility is amenorrhea (is the absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age) and Anovulation (An anovulatory cycle is a menstrual cycle during which the ovaries do not release an oocyte. Therefore, ovulation does not take place.) There is a high chance that they will be able to help! I would much rather try an natural healing before inducing a cocktail of medications into my system.
“Acupuncture for infertility is an holistic type of fertility treatment that is proven to be a very powerful, effective and viable option no matter what condition is causing your issue. If you have been diagnosed with a condition that is affecting your fertility, or even if your fertility condition is labeled “unexplained” Acupuncture for infertility has been proven to provide the following benefits:
- Regulating the menstrual cycle, stabilizing hormone levels
- Facilitating production of more follicles and healthier follicles
- Increasing blood flow to the uterus, providing a nice, thick endometrial lining
- Increasing blood flow to the ovaries, improving egg quality & providing a healthy and timely ovulation
- Reducing stress, anxiety and tension -facilitating ovulation and implantation of the embryo
- Reducing chances of miscarriage
- Preventing postpartum depression
- Strengthening the immune system and your overall health
- Helping you absorb nutrients better and maintaining your ideal weight during pregnancy
- Improving sleep patterns
Acupuncture for fertility has been proven to be an effective means of achieving pregnancy. Acupuncture is a medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for over 3000 years. Acupuncture for fertility is performed by inserting fine, sterile, painless needles into points along the body (mostly the abdomen, arms and legs), stimulating the flow of the body’s vital energy known as Qi. These acupuncture points for fertility connect to the network of meridians that flow beneath the surface of the skin, where they flow into the major organs. When the flow of Qi is disrupted, the body’s systems become imbalanced. This is frequently experienced as illness or pain, and can appear in women as period irregularities, menstrual pain, and even infertility. The goal of acupuncture for fertility is to remove these disruptions and revitalize the flow of energy in the meridians, allowing a woman to achieve pragnancy naturally without the use of harsh fertility drugs.
Acupuncture for infertility is probably the most popular and commonly recognized alternative treatment for those trying to get pregnant. The media seems to report on research related to acupuncture and fertility every few months, and more and more fertility clinics offer or recommend acupuncture services along with conventional fertility treatments like IVF and IUI.”
A study found that auricular acupuncture was capable of producing results comparable to those of drug therapy in the treatment of infertility. I. Gerhard and F. Postneek, [Possibilities of Therapy by Ear Acupuncture in Female Sterility], Geburtshilfe Frauenheilke 48, no. 3 (March 1988): 165-71. A study examined the effects of moxibustion and acupuncture on 30 cases of infertility in women ranging from 24 to 37 years of age. Results showed that after just one course of treatment 9 women conceived, with another 8 conceiving after 2 courses of treatment.
– The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Natural Healing by Dr. Gary Null
In China, acupuncture has been used in the treatment of infertility for centuries. The first published account of this is seen in medical literature dating back to 11 A.D. The Chinese look at five principal organs – the liver, spleen, heart, lung, and kidney – and use acupuncture to release blockages from these systems so that energy or chi can move freely. This helps the body return to good health. Promoting fertility is one benefit that can be obtained. Acupuncture to kidney points releases psychological blocks that interfere with reproduction.
– Get Healthy Now with Gary Null: A Complete Guide to Prevention, Treatment and Healthy living by Gary Null
The women treated with acupuncture? Twenty-two pregnancies (and no side effects). Finally, a study at the Fertility Clinic Trianglen in Denmark concluded that “acupuncture … significantly improves the reproductive outcome of IVF (in vitro fertilization) and ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) compared to no acupuncture.” Best of all, acupuncture for infertility is truly a “whole person” treatment that looks at the woman as much more than just a dysfunctional reproductive system. “People come into my office and they’re completely unprepared for conception,” Lawrence told me.
– The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.
In a preliminary trial, women who did not ovulate were treated with acupuncture 30 times over three months. Effectiveness was determined by a combination of measures indicating ovulation was returning to normal. Acupuncture treatment resulted in a marked improvement in 35% and slight improvement in 48% of trial participants. The beneficial results achieved with acupuncture may be due to alterations in the hormonal messages from the brain to the ovary. Auricular (ear) acupuncture has been studied in a preliminary trial and compared with standard hormone therapy for treatment of infertility.
– The Natural Pharmacy: Complete A-Z Reference to Natural Treatments for Common Health Conditions by Alan R. Gaby, M.D., Jonathan V. Wright, M.D., Forrest Batz, Pharm.D. Rick Chester, RPh., N.D., DipLAc. George Constantine, R.Ph., Ph.D. Linnea D. Thompson, Pharm.D., N.D.