Acupuncture as an accompanying therapy for artificial fertilisation
Many couples for whom the wish to have children is unfulfilled use artificial fertilisation as a modern medical measure. Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese naturopathy that has been tried and tested for over 2000 years, can support the artificial fertilisation measures and increase the success rate of fertilisation.
What are the causes of unfulfilled desire to have children from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine?
Many patients are already familiar with the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for pain/joint disorders. The fact that traditional Chinese medicine, especially acupuncture, can also help with infertility is still unknown to many.
From the point of view of Chinese medicine, the yin-yang harmony of the internal organs plays a decisive role in health and well-being. Our body is criss-crossed with energy channels (meridians), in which a flow of energy through the human body takes place in specific pathways (the so-called “meridians”); if the harmonious flow of energy is disturbed, the functions of the body are in an imbalance.
In many childless couples, no causes for childlessness can be identified based solely on Western medicine. According to Chinese medicine, symptoms that have often existed for a long time but are not perceived by patients as a disorder/disease are recognised by a diagnosis based on Chinese medicine.
Thanks to acupuncture, such disorders or organs that are disturbed in their function can be treated indirectly through the meridians so that the balance in the energy flow can be restored.
Acupuncture increases the success rate in artificial fertilisation
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has used needle treatment for fertility problems for centuries. Recent studies have shown that acupuncture used to assist embryo transfer in IVF increases the chance of a successful pregnancy and live birth. Acupuncturised women are 65% more likely to have a successful embryo transfer and 91% more likely to have a live birth. (“Effects of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: systematic review and meta-analysis”, BMJ, 8 March 2008, 336).
Acupuncture is used to stimulate hormone production and improve blood supply to the reproductive organs. Before the treatment, a tongue and pulse diagnosis is carried out. A treatment plan is always clarified on an individual basis and treatment should begin before IVF if possible.
Our practice has years of experience with infertility problems.
More and more patients are seeking help from Chinese medicine, especially acupuncture and medicinal herbs, for infertility problems. With valuable experience in this field, our practice has helped many families to succeed.