Acupuncture and Fertility

Traditional Chinese medicine has a long history of treating women's health problems, with texts from 200 BC describing medicinal plants to treat infertility. Today Traditional Chinese medicine specialists have adapted and incorporated these traditional applications into modern fertility treatment. This has resulted in clinical feed back and research suggesting that acupuncture is capable of significantly enhancing fertility.

TCM aims to improve fertility

Traditional Chinese medicine aims through the use of acupuncture, herbs and lifestyle advice to achieve the following;

Regulate the woman's hormonal cycle

Improve the quality of a woman's fertile mucus

Regulate ovulation

Promote an efficient menstrual bleed

Enhance egg development.

Improve sperm quality

Normal sperm count values are currently given as:

A population study looking at men's fertility found that those men that succeeded in fathering a child had:

(New England Journal of Medicine 345(19):1388-1393). This study indicates the importance of men achieving the highest sperm count and motility possible.

Enhance the internal environment of the fallopian tubes.

Promote embryo implantation

Promote a viable pregnancy

Compiled by Debra Betts author of "The essential guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth", 2006. Website http://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz.