Acupuncture for Fertility
Few things can be quite as frustrating for couples attempting to conceive as infertility. While modern medical science offers a host of treatments designed to treat infertility, many couples are turning towards the traditional Chinese practice of acupuncture for fertility. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles, painlessly but strategically, at various points along the body, designed to stimulate forms of energy, specifically qi.
In 2012, the magazine U.S. News and World Report ran a story that detailed the increasing use of acupuncture as a means of boosting fertility in both men and women. Proponents argue that acupuncture not only helps to reduce a person’s stress level but also increased blood flow to the ovaries and uterus. Increased blood flow to the uterus can help to thicken its lining, aiding in conception. Stress over infertility is often a key factor in a couple’s ability to conceive.
However, scientific results on the use of acupuncture for fertility are mixed. Some studies suggest that a course of acupuncture shortly after conception, before an embryo implants in the uterus, were beneficial. A study done at a Tel Aviv University reported that acupuncture increased fertility by as much as 26 percent. Other studies suggest that more medical causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, benefitted little from acupuncture.