Fertility     Acupuncture for the treatment of infertility has been made popular by the media and recent clinical studies proving its efficacy. But acupuncture and herbal medicine for infertility have been very important aspects of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

     For American women, in particular those who have delayed childbearing to establish career and/or relationship, these concepts are especially pertinent. Contemporary women are often depleted (especially of kidney yin, yang, and essence, the "root" energy) and have constrained energy (liver Qi) that causes blockages, particularly in the pelvis. Earlier in her life, these blockages may have presented as painful menstrual cramps, endometriosis, fibroid tumors, PMS symptoms, etc. Now these disharmonies may result in difficulties with fertility by affecting different parts of the reproductive cycle - production of the egg, fertilization of the egg and implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus. Similar energy disturbances in men may result in poor sperm production, shape or motility. TCM seeks to address these problems with time-tested methodology. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for millennia to treat issues of fertility. Since the aim of TCM is to "normalize," "harmonize," and "to bring into balance," these ideas are brought to bear on the problems associated with male and female infertility.

     In order for you to conceive, your body should be in optimal health. Most importantly your IVFmenses should be regular. We will regulate your menstruation through acupuncture, herbal medicine, and diet, and you will take you basal body temperature (BBT) and record it on a BBT chart. With this chart, we will monitor the improvement of your menstrual cycle, with special attention to ovulation. After treatment for a couple of months, you will be in a much better condition for conceiving and bringing a baby to term.

     A landmark study published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility (2) proved that acupuncture dramatically improves the chances if becoming pregnant when used in conjunction with other assisted reproductive techniques.

     Clinical research shows that acupuncture greatly increases the chances of success with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Scientists believe this may be due to relaxation of the smooth muscle of the uterus, making it more receptive to the implanted embryo. For women undergoing IVF/IUI procedures we follow the same protocol that has been proven effective in the clinical trials.

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