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Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
Uncertain if helps: Acupuncture for fertility is not supported by great evidence. One study performed in seattle had lower pregnancy rates in acupuncture group doing ivf compared to no acupuncture group http://bbc.In/hq1my7. Hard to do controlled trials: what's the placebo (fake treatment) group - needles in 'wrong places' or needles that retract? (still get acupressure not acupuncture). Chinese herbs not recommended. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tough to say: While acupuncture is associated when performed by an experienced professional, with improved fertility, i believe the benefits are more in the yield of eggs and fertilization ability of the woman moreso than improving the quality of the eggs. The eggs have been in existence since birth and matured moreso recently before ovulation. I don't believe there are great studies answering your specific ? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Research has proven acupuncture to be surprisingly effective in treating infertility. It may be helpful on its own but can also be a very useful adjunct to conventional treatments, for example significantly increasing the success rate of ivf. Acupuncture is extremely safe- I have never seen it cause any negative effects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Reduces Stress...: There's no scientific evidence that massage improves fertility and increases pregnancy rates. But at least one study showed that the hands-on bodywork can dial down your anxiety level. Since stress has been shown to interfere with getting pregnant, it makes sense that reducing stress through massage could — theoretically — improve your odds of conceiving. Best wishes! ...Read more
Yes: It's been said to improve uterine and ovarian bloodflow and help the communication of the pituitary with the uterus and ovaries. Also one of the other effects is an amazing calming and balancing feel it has on the person during the infertility treatment and after. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not the same: Clomid (clomiphene) is a nonsteroidal medication that causes the pituitary glands to stimulate ovulation. Metformin suppresses glucose production from the liver. Metformin is used for pcos pts that have irregular menses often with insulin resistance. Metformin can help some weight loss and regulate menses to help regular ovulation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, as good as gonadotropin therapy usually. ...Read more
Possibly: Fertility in men is related to quantity of health sperm. There exist hundreds of studies showing a positive effect of nutritional supplementation on fertility. Ginseng is used traditionally used to improve male fertility, maca has also been shown to increase seminal volume, and sperm motility. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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