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Aifei Wang, LAc, MAc
Acupuncture and Infertility
NABACU Eastern Medicine Centers
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Acupuncture and Infertility

According to the theories of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi and blood affecting one or more of the organ systems. Please keep in mind that the organs described below reflect Eastern medical theories and philosophies. These organ systems include the kidneys, spleen and liver.

Kidney Organ System The release of an ovum is controlled by the kidneys. The kidneys also create a substance called Jing Qi, which is required in order to have a healthy body, mind, and pregnancy. If an imbalance exists within the kidneys, Jing Qi may be inadequate in supply and infertility may be a result. Chinese herbal medicine, along with acupuncture, can nourish and support Jing Qi and overall kidney health.

Spleen Organ System An adequate supply of blood is required by a womans body to sustain a normal menstrual cycle, a growing fetus, and a healthy pregnancy. A disharmony within the spleen can result in an inadequate supply and imbalance of blood. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can build and nourish blood, in order to promote a healthy flow of blood to the uterus.

Liver Organ System In order to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy, it is important to have a free flow of Qi and blood throughout the body. The liver is in charge of facilitating the smooth flow of Qi and blood. When it is out of balance, areas of the body will not receive the required supply of Qi and blood. This imbalance can lead to depression, anxiety, stress and anger, and increase infertility.

Acupuncture can help to improve the success rate of IVF in a number of ways, including
Improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs.
Regulate the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles.
Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining.
Relax the patient and decrease their stress.
Prevent the uterus from contracting.
Lessen the side effects of drugs used in IVF.
Strengthen the immune system.
Improve semen to create better quality and quantity of embryos.
Decrease chances of miscarriage.

In clinical observation, ultrasounds show that after acupuncture, the color of womens ovaries change from cloudy to bright and clear. The follicles usually double in number, the lining of the uterus becomes thicker, and the number of embryos increases significantly. Patients experience fewer side effects from the western drugs and feel more relaxed and happy. For male patients, the semen quality significantly improves and the sperm number greatly increases. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine provide a safe, effective, drug-free, and natural approach to treating infertility and enjoying a healthy pregnancy.

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