East Meets West in the Treatment of Infertility
Oriental Medicine, in use for over 2000 years, is well known for its successful support in treatment of gynecological problems including infertility. Acupuncture is the painless insertion of hair-thin needles into the body at specific points. These points are located
along energetic pathways, called meridians, through which energy or QI (‘Chee’) flows. Imbalances in the flow of QI, which may be experienced with infertility, can be corrected with acupuncture treatment. It may be very effective for stress reduction as patients often report deep relaxation during treatment and more energy afterwards. In order to determine appropriate treatment for a patient, the acupuncturist conducts a thorough exam based on oriental medical principles.
Some local acupuncture clinics utilize an integrative approach to infertility treatment combining modern medicine, such as IVF, with the ancient wisdom of oriental medicine. Ideally, acupuncture treatments begin prior to the start of a fertility cycle and may continue on a regular basis throughout the cycle. Nutritional and lifestyle counseling may also be valuable for couples trying to conceive and some acupuncturists are trained in this area. When choosing an acupuncturist to work with you during fertility treatments, look for a practitioner with experience in women’s health who can meet your needs.
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