Infertility


Acupuncture has been used for centuries to some, but not all,
cases of infertility. Acupuncture's most common use in regardsAcupuncture
to infertility is in treating an under-functioning thyroid
(hypothyroidism) or over-functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
Acupuncture improves the blood flow to the endometrium,
creating a thick and rich lining.

How Does It Work?

Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in that it is a process
oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to due more
than to do less. It is common for a treatment of three to four
months before progressing to insemination or In Vitro Fertilization.

Studies at Cornell University have found that Acupuncture
increases production of Endorphins. This helps to regulate
the Acupuncturemenstrual cycle. It has a neuroendocrine effect, impacting
a three-way axis between the two areas of the brain involved
with hormone production and the ovaries, a constellation that
ultimately impacts egg production and possibly ovulation.

Are There Times It Can't Work?

While effect in many instances, there are some cases where
acupuncture is of little help. Acupuncture cannot help where
structural issues, such as a blocked fallopian tube or a fibroid
tumor, are not addressed. Acupuncture will not stimulate
hormone production in a body that has long since not
produced them. Women over the age of 40 should obtain a
basic fertility workup prior to acupuncture use.