Acupuncture is a 5000 year old traditionalChinesemedicine treatment which is known to be effective in many conditions including infertility and boosting fertility in couples, especially those undergoing IVF or IUI procedures.

Acupuncture is based on the theory that a vital energy called qi (pronounced "chee") flows through the body along pathways called “meridians”. In this method thin, disposable sterile needles are gently inserted at strategic points near the surface of the body.

There are over 2,000 acupuncture points in our body connected with 14 major pathways, called meridians. If due to poor health habits or other circumstances the flow of “qi” through the meridians is disrupted, it results in pain and/or disease. But pressing specific points with these needles, the normal flow of energy towards hormone systems, reproductive organs, etc are unblocked, thereby increasing a couple′s chances of conceiving.

Benefits in Women

There are mainly two benefits of acupuncture to women – increased blood flow that improve organ function and reduce stress. Women may have issues conceiving if there is hormone imbalance or there is improper function of the endocrine system. Acupuncture simulates the hypothalamus effectively and balances the system and hormone production, restoring fertility.

Additionally, when the energy flow of the meridians is restored, the blood flow to the reproductive organs increases providing better blood flow to the ovaries and uterus. This results in a rich and healthy uterine lining, creating a stronger chance for an egg to be nourished and the embryo to implant in the uterine lining and be carried to term.

Some women also find acupuncture therapy to be relaxing and de-stressing. This helps them keep calm and less anxious about having a baby. This helps increase chances of conception, as they are relaxed and so is their body.

Benefits in Men

Research supports the fact that acupuncture benefits men too. Recent data shows that men who have acupuncture show a healthy sperm count and quality. Researchers analyzed sperm samples from men with infertility of unknown cause before and after acupuncture treatments. They found that acupuncture was associated with fewer structural defects in sperm and an increase in the number of normal sperm.

Whether or not acupuncture actually affects fertility is speculative. But it has shown positive results for many. Another advantage of acupuncture is that it produces results comparative to medication or other therapies but without any side-effects. Plus many studies across the world have shown that the chances of a successful pregnancy are much higher in couples undergoing acupuncture therapy.

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