Acupuncture has been used in China to promote fertility for thousands of years. Today it has a growing body of research supporting it as an effective solution for male and female fertility problems. Helena has specific post graduate training from the College of Integrated Chinese medicine in treating a vast range fertility issues.
Acupuncture can be used successfully to support the treatment of IVF or be used as a stand alone fertility treatment. Regular acupuncture has been shown to regulate the endocrine function which greatly improves the chances of conception.
The British Acupuncture Council explains ‘Acupuncture may help in the treatment of infertility by:
Regulating fertility hormones – stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA). Acupuncture promotes the release of beta-endorphin in the brain, which regulates gonadatrophin releasing hormone from the hypothalamus, follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and oestrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary (Anderson 2007).
Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs (Ho 2009, Anderson 2007), which can improve the thickness of the endometrial lining, so increasing the chances of embryo implantation.
Increasing egg production (Jin 2009) and improving oocyte quality (Chen 2009), which could increase the chance of fertilisation.
enhancing luteal function (Huang 2009)
Regulating follicle stimulation hormone-receptor expression (Jin 2009).
Normalising cortisol and prolactin levels on IVF medication days (Magarelli 2008); reducing stress (Anderson 2007)
promoting embryo implantation (Liu 2008).