You might think that acupuncture and modern medicine do not mix. Acupuncture is a traditional treatment that has no absolute scientific proof. Modern medicine is an image of rigidity that uses scientific processes and methods to get results. But a combination of accupuncture and modern medicine has been found to actually benefit you in treating your infertility.
Acupuncture is a traditional for of medicine. It originated in China over about thousand years ago. It uses needles inserted in to the human body at very specific entry points to control the body’s chi. This so called chi is believed to be the energy flow of the body and, by inserting needles in its path, the flow can be redirected to places where the body needs energy.
Even in its traditional use, acupuncture has been found very helpful to people suffering from infertility. Ancient Chinese documents describe how it affects the body to regulate menstrual cycles and help out with pregnancy. Today, we know that acupuncture does this by stimulating the nervous system of the body. Although the actual process is still a mystery to medical science, it has been shown that acupuncture helps the body regulate itself better, leading to better blood flow and blood pressure and better hormonal production. This helps a body suffering from infertility due to malfunctioning organs and hormonal imbalances return to normal. You can find this very useful if you have been diagnosed with conditions that affect infertility through hormones like hyperprolactenemia or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
In combination with modern day procedures like in vitro fertilization, acupuncture has been shown to be a very effective partner treatment. Recent studies have shown that acupuncture boosts the success rates of treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF is an advanced medical procedure that can be very expensive, costing up to $12,000 per cycle. This isn’t helped by the fact that the procedure is not always 100%. According to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) only 40% of IVF procedures result in a successful pregnancy. This number lowers further as you go pass certain ages. The boost that acupuncture gives can be indispensable if you are on a budget or are past the statistical prime ages of reproduction (around 35 for women). Because of this boost, some clinics actually require sessions of infertility in correlation to their IVF treatments.
These sessions may be scheduled in advance as acupuncture can sometimes take months to prepare the body properly. In the case of IVF, it may take up to 4 months of preparation to get the body ready for the procedure.
You can also use acupuncture as a supplementary treatment. It has been shown to be a very effective stress reliever. Stress can sometimes affect pregnancy and fertility negatively and work against your treatments and medications. Acupuncture can help you relieve some of the unwanted stress levels and make other medications work better. It can also help you heal faster. Medical bills can quickly pile up on you with every day you stay in a hospital bed. Faster healing can help you reduce costs.
Acupuncture is relatively cheap and safe. You may hear about acupuncture horror stories where the needles are broken and left inside the body, or the needles accidentally puncture organs, or disease and infections being spread through them but these are due to human errors. You can avoid these situations by choosing your acupuncturist well. Some states have acupuncture regulatory boards that you can consult in selecting your acupuncturist. Some medically trained doctors also perform acupuncture. Check your acupuncturist’s license and experience before selecting one.
Accupuncture is a real traditional treatment that found its way into the modern world. We may not understand it fully yet, but we can benefit from it. In today’s world, combining the old and new can sometimes give us fantastic results. Just the thing you might need in dealing with your infertility.