Acupuncture for Infertility Treatment
Acupuncture combined with herbal medicine has been used for centuries to treat some causes of infertility. Acupuncture can be used to stimulate the normal hormonal cycles that let fertilization occur in the normal course of events. Acupuncture can do many other things to increase the chances of achieving pregnancy. It can improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs. It also increase blood flow to the uterus and increases the thickness of the uterine lining to help an implantation. In addition, it can relax the patient and decrease her stress leading to an increased chance of fertilization.
A 2002 study conducted in Germany found that women who underwent the traditional IVF protocol, became pregnant at a rate of 26%. Women who also received acupuncture in addition to the traditional treatment had a 43% rate of success (Fertility & Sterility, Vol.77, No. 4, April 2002).