Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been used for centuries to promote women’s fertility and reproductive health during reproductive years and to help with the transition through perimenopause and menopause. We can support women in enhancing fertility and increasing the chances of becoming pregnant naturally. Acupuncture helps improve fertility by 1) increasing blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, 2) calming the nervous system to improve hormonal regulation, and 3) reducing inflammation. Acupuncture for fertility is a process in which the benefits of treatment increase over time. For reproductive and fertility issues, three to six months of treatment are usually recommended for best results. Consistent treatments will build momentum and help achieve goals such as regular, healthy periods, easier recovery from stress, better sleep, enhanced libido and fertility.
A study published in the journal Reproductive Biomedicine Online found that whole-systems Traditional Chinese Medicine (WS-TCM) treatments were associated with greater odds of live birth compared to IVF alone (Hullender Rubin, 2015). WS-TCM is described in the study as a complex intervention that can include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations. This is the type of treatments patients receive in our acupuncture clinic, which is one of the high-quality reproductive acupuncture clinics that exist here in the United States and worldwide.
A Holistic Approach To Fertility and Reproductive Heath
If you choose to use assisted reproduction techniques (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), frozen embryo transfer (FET), or intrauterine insemination (IUI), we will tailor the acupuncture treatment to help with each stage of your medical treatment, often significantly improving results and reducing side effects of medications. Women who come in for acupuncture treatments as part of their fertility journey also report that they have a much easier time coping with the emotional side effects of hormonal injections such as mood swings, depression and anxiety. An acupuncture session in our office is a time to receive the health benefits of a treatment in a relaxing environment. Many of our patients fall asleep during their treatments and enjoy a refreshing nap.
Once you are pregnant, it is a good idea to continue receiving acupuncture treatments to reduce common pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, back pain and trouble sleeping. As the long-awaited due date approaches, we offer pre-birth treatments to prepare for labor and delivery.
Acupuncture helps with many reproductive conditions including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, recurrent miscarriage, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, painful periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular menstrual cycles, pregnancy and the postpartum recovery period.
Fertility and reproductive issues cannot be completely separated from the health of the rest of the body. Our bodies are not containers for individual organs, as it might seem from looking at an anatomical illustration online or in a poster in a doctor’s office. Our bodies work as a complete and complex system of communication, in which a dysfunction in one part of the body can easily affect another part. One example is inflammation occurring in the digestive system that can produce an impact on the brain, affecting mood, and at the same time lead to inflammation in the reproductive system. The digestive system, circulatory system, endocrine system, immune system and liver detoxification system (among others) all contribute to creating a healthy egg and sperm and a thick, nourishing uterine lining for optimal implantation of an embryo–and ultimately a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine embody the true nature of holistic medicine—treating the body as a whole system and including the emotional and spiritual aspects of the patient as a whole human being. An important part of any fertility or reproductive acupuncture treatment is discussing diet, exercise, posture at work, sleep quality, stress and any other important contributing lifestyle factors. We take the time to listen so that we can make individualized recommendations and give you the help you need.
Find The Best Holistic Doctor For Fertility and Reproductive Health in Miami FL
Dorothy S. Wells, AP, FABORM, specializes in acupuncture for female reproductive issues. She is a board-certified Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, which provides advanced training and resources for both western and eastern reproductive medicine. Holistic Primary Care Is based In Miami Beach Florida. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.