More and more people develop allergies during the year. The imbalanced immune function not only causes people to be prone to allergies but also leads to infertility. In order to let the embryo grow inside the uterus, the immune functions have been balanced. If the immune system is hyperactive, the body can produce antibodies to attack the embryo causing infertility and miscarriages. I am the Boca acupuncturist and have been working with hundreds of women from Boston, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach,
Every time a new patient arrives, the acupuncturist in Boca Clinic will try to figure out what can possibly cause the infertility and how the acupuncturist can help women to prevent a miscarriage. One of the important factors is that estrogen is not balanced with progesterone. The imbalanced estrogen can stimulate the prostate, breast, and uterus lining. Acupuncture helps improve the ovarian function and reduce the stress, so the ovaries and adrenal gland can produce more progesterone to balance the estrogen. Acupuncture can also reduce the stress so the energy can go to your ovaries and uterus to improve their function.
The high prolactin level can also contribute to infertility. Chinese Scientist X.Y. Liu did research indicating that electro-acupuncture can lower the prolactin levels in rats and increases their pregnancy rate. The Boca acupuncturist can also use acupuncture to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which help balance the immune function. When women are diagnosed as Hashimoto’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia, they produce self-antibodies that not only attack their own tissues but also their fetus. A Delray and Boca acupuncture group observed that a group of points, which can reduce the allergies, also can enhance the pregnancy rate.
Women from Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, came to the acupuncture clinic in Boca Raton and complained that there was nothing wrong with their hormones, ovaries and uterus. They just could not get pregnant. The very likely reason could be the imbalance of the immune function, especially when they are under a lot of stress. The human body is not programmed to cope with long term stress. We need to reduce the stress level periodically by doing acupuncture once a week, meditation every day or simply do deep breathing for 20 minutes before you going to sleep. Stress can also lower your progesterone level, which may contribute to the increasing rate of autism in modern society because insufficient progesterone can contribute to abnormal development of the babies’ brain. Allergies, cancer, inflammation and other diseases can also get worse because of high stress that is why acupuncture can be used to help so many kinds of problems.
Dr. Li Zheng of Boca Raton Acupuncture Clinic has over a decade of experience using acupuncture to treat women and men’s infertility in Boston. For her work in infertility acupuncture, she has been profiled by WCVB Channel 5’s show, Chronicle.
Below are some frequently asked questions about acupuncture for infertility:
How many couples have you helped get pregnant?
Over the past 15 years I have been practicing in the Boston area, I have helped a couple of hundred women give birth to healthy babies. Women of all ages and underlying fertility problems have come to me for help. I have successfully treated women as old as 46 and with clinical reproductive problems, including severe endometriosis and PCOS. I have even helped a woman with re-opened ligated tubes get pregnant!
When should I start acupuncture treatments?
You should start acupuncture treatments at least 3 months before you plan to conceive, whether naturally or through IVF and IUI. Acupuncture helps relax your uterus muscles and balance your hormones, increasing the likelihood of a successful implantation.
How often should I come for treatments? How long will it take before I get pregnant?
I generally recommend patients come 1-2 times a week. Because the effects of acupuncture are incremental and cumulative, for the best results, I recommend spacing out treatments evenly without leaving too much time between sessions. In my experience, it takes between 2 and 12 months of acupuncture for most women to get pregnant, depending on the individual’s age and general health.
Should I continue acupuncture treatments during pregnancy?
Yes. Although acupuncture can been done during the entire course of the pregnancy, I recommend my patients to continue acupuncture until at least 12 weeks into their pregnancy. Acupuncture treatments can help lower the rate of miscarriages, which is particularly important during the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy.
Acupuncture for Infertility
Infertility is becoming more common problem in this modern world. But unfortunately, it is a painful reality for couples who desperately want to be parents. It is an umbrella term that is defined as a medical situation where a person is unable to conceive naturally within a year. In 35 percent of couples affected with infertility, both men and women can have issues. With the progression of medical science, we have seen much advancement in the field of fertility treatment. In vitro, in vivo fertilization, surrogacy, IUI, etc. are all becoming common remedies to help couples become parents. While the success rate has increased, the western medical fraternity and even high-tech reproductive specialists are resorting to acupuncture as a complementary treatment to the new-age infertility treatments because researches have verified that acupuncture can increase the IVF successful rate and reduce the side effect of the artificial hormones, especially for women with cancer in the past.
How acupuncture can help infertility?
Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese way of treating various medical conditions. In this technique, an expert acupuncturist inserts very thin and small needles in specific areas of the body. This, in turn, helps to remove the blockage and stimulate blood flow. The main focus of acupuncture is to remove the blockage, maintain the balance of hormones in the body, and boost blood flow in different body parts and organs, including the reproductive organs.
Acupuncture is a painless procedure where tiny and thin needles are placed in a specific pattern across the body from head to toe, giving stimulation to the vital energy points. This technique aims to bring a total spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical harmony in the body. The technique not just focuses on a particular condition; rather it focuses on making the overall functions of the body better and more efficient.
Acupuncture and a Recent Study
In a scientific study published on April 2002, in the reproductive journal Fertility and Sterility, a group of German researchers carried out a study on 160 women. In one group, 80 women received two sessions of 25 minutes each of acupuncture treatment. In the other group of 80, no acupuncture was given. The result showed that the group that received acupuncture had 34 pregnancies as compared with 21 women who received only IVF. Hence, the study affirmed that adding acupuncture to the traditional IVF treatment protocols could substantially increase the success of pregnancy in women who are undergoing fertility treatment.
However, certain conditions like blocked fallopian tubes or a fibroid tumor cannot be cured with acupuncture, rather it needs surgery to correct the problems. Acupuncture can be used to prevent the fibroids and endometriosis from coming back. If you’re concerned about safety, then let us assure that acupuncture is a safe procedure without any side effects. All needles used are sterile, nontoxic, and are labeled for single use.
Summary: For couples struggling with fertility issues, and undergoing IVF treatments, acupuncture has proved to be a successful complementary treatment. Studies show that using acupuncture can significantly increase the chance of conceiving for women going through fertility treatments.