Acupuncture cures infertility easily when it comes to people having functional rather than structural reasons like a damaged fallopian tube, or cysts in the ovary. People having structural infertility would need to supplement their standard medical treatment with acupuncture.
However, there has been a growing acceptance of acupuncture for infertility, since people are realizing the efficacy of Acupuncture in producing Thirst at the first instance, which further enhances Diuresis and paves way for the stimulation of the Growth and Leutinizing Hormones.
By itself, acupuncture is a complementary therapy that treats modern infertility. Used singularly, acupuncture treats functional problems such as irregular ovulation or irregular menstruation. Acupuncture is also useful for those who have structural problems such as blocked sperm ducts and the treatment may be augmented with Chinese herbs that help treat infertility.
There is a lot of debate about how exactly acupuncture can work for infertility and most practicing acupuncturists say that it helps to regulate the body’s system. Blood flows better to the reproductive organs and helps to stabilize the hormone levels, as well. Acupuncture can help infertile men and women as these factors combine to increase ovarian function in females and production of sperm in males.
Acupuncture can be used in combination with other Western Medicine treatments for infertility when trying to get pregnant. Acupuncture provides a noninvasive, holistic approach to reversing infertility and has a surprising success rate of sixty percent among infertile women; a very high number, considering that many women discover acupuncture, late in their search for Infertility solutions.
Many couples that have difficulty conceiving a child by traditional methods often employ various techniques to assist them in the reproductive process. The most common assisted reproduction therapy is in-vitro fertilization (IVF), in which a woman's eggs are harvested and fertilized with a man’s sperm in a laboratory. In cases where a male’s sperm count is extremely low, a different procedure known as intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be used.
Although assisted reproduction techniques like IVF and ICSI have been in use since the 1970s, they are still something of an inexact science. Success rates for each therapy range from as low as 1% to as high as 50%, and a successful pregnancy depends on a variety of factors, including the age of the woman, the cause of infertility, and the skill of the technician performing the procedure. Acupuncture is a useful tool for patients looking to increase their chances of becoming pregnant following assisted reproduction therapy.
Two teams of researchers in Germany and China have found that adding acupuncture to the treatment regimen of women using assisted reproductive techniques to have a child can dramatically improve the woman’s chances of getting pregnant by up to 20%. In these women the chosen acupuncture points were those that relax the uterus according to the principles of TCM. This greatly increased the chances of getting pregnant because acupuncture has a great influence on the autonomic nervous system and needling specific points would optimize endometrial receptivity in these women.
Between 5 percent and 30 percent of women have characteristics of a condition called PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome. The extent is so large because PCOS often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed because of its variety of symptoms. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a hormonal imbalance that leads to weight gain, excessive hair growth, irregular menstrual cycles and difficulty getting pregnant. Such patients are often prescribed hormonal drugs which may have side effects and interfere with getting pregnant. With the use of acupuncture, doctors say that such patients may have an option of a drug free treatment.
Acupuncture has shown promising results in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome in regulating their periods. Almost all women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome who subscribed to acupuncture had their periods regulated in a study conducted. It has also helped women lose weight and relive headaches in the long run leading to a calmer and stable mind.