Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for Infertility

alternative fertility treatmentTraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) refers to a broad range of medicine practices which have been used in China for over five thousand years and is considered offer the oldest gynecologic discipline in history. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are the most powerful therapies to treat health problems. For centuries, TCM practitioners have helped families to conceive. Having a baby is a priority in the Chinese culture and the TCM system for treating infertility is based on the accumulated experience of both patient and doctor.

Over the past few decades, fertility rates have dropped in the “Western” world. The inability to conceive has given rise to numerous treatment plans. While Western medicine advocates the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), donor sperm or egg transfers and other reproductive technologies, success rates are not always optimal. People have increasingly searched for alternatives to improve their results. Of all the alternative health systems, TCM appears to have the highest rate of success for infertility.

Positive effects of TCM for the treatment of infertility

One study, by Dr. Eric Manheimer of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, indicates that the use of acupuncture may increase the success of IVF therapy by as much as 65%.1 Additional studies in Europe and the US suggest that acupuncture treatment given on the day of implantation in IVF or IUI patients can improve the success rate.2 TCM has been known to:

Balance elevated follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) and regulating the menstrual cycle;

  • Improve ovary or testicle health resulting in better egg or sperm quality;
  • Increase blood supply to the uterus and building up the uterine lining;
  • Help implantation and reduce the risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy;
  • Release the stress of infertility and its related treatments;
  • Increase the success rates of IVF and IUI.