Acupuncture and Fertility
Fertility and women's reproductive health are two of the primary specialties of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been used for centuries to improve conditions of infertility, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, metrorrhagia, uterine fibroids and other gynecological conditions. Acupuncture can help to regulate the body's meridians to improve the circulation and quantity of blood. Chinese herbs supplement acupuncture treatment by increasing the materials needed for a healthy reproductive system such as healthy blood and proper energy and they also work to increase the circulation of blood and energy.
Increasing numbers of American women are experiencing difficulty conceiving. Thankfully, Traditional Chinese Medicine is an excellent modality with which to address the internal causes of infertility. TCM works well alone or in conjunction with western medical treatments such as ART or IVF. Studies have shown an increase in pregnancy rates in patients who received acupuncture in addition to their western fertility treatments as well as in patients receiving acupuncture alone. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help to alleviate the distress associated with infertility while concurrently correcting imbalances in the body which contribute to the condition.
Once pregnancy has been achieved, acupuncture and herbs can help to maintain a healthy pregnancy for the mother and child. TCM can be helpful with pain, energy levels, nausea, as well as with turning breech presentation babies and it is also effective at labor preparation.
At The Center for Traditional Acupuncture and Herbs in Alfred, NY, we have been highly trained in using TCM for infertility and women's health. Sarah completed internships at two of Seattle, Washington's most prestigious TCM gynecology clinics where she received additional training in this field and she continues to study this fascinating and useful branch of Chinese medicine.