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Acupuncture For Infertility
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
Often it can: The world health organization places female infertility under the category of "diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed". I don't personally practice infertilty acupuncture but i hear very positive feed back from providers who do recommend it for their patients. ...Read more
I have heard that some people have used acupuncture for infertility problems and wanted to know if that would really work?
See below.: The world health organization places female infertility under the category of "diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed". I don't practice infertilty acupuncture but my friends who are ob/gyn specialists do make referrals to acupuncturists for this treatment. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: I use acupuncture every day in combination with traditional western infertility treatment for my patients. Acupuncture is thought to improved ovarian, uterine, and pituitary bloodflow. It's thought to balance the chi within our bodies which is the life force energy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Took Chinese herbs w/acupuncture for infertility. Read online they may contain growth hormones. In rare cases can they make adult over 35 grow taller?
No: Even if they contained Growth Hormone it is not effective orally; those who take growth hormone for various reasons take it by injection. Even adults who inject Growth Hormone don't grow taller; once the growth plates of our bones close (about 3 years after puberty for women) we can't grow taller. if an adult over 35 grows taller check for pituitary tumors, but even those rarely increase height. ...Read more
Doc said unlikely that acupuncture or chinese herbs for infertility cause growth spurts but could either cause sudden 2-3 inch height increase in 36YO?
NO; check for cause: Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help some cases of infertility (see Dr. Fowler's answer for details). It's unfortunate that Dr. Fisher is so sure of himself when he is obviously biased and knows nothing about Chinese medicine. While Chinese medicine helps many things it can't cause a growth spurt in a 36 yo. The most likely cause is a benign pituitary tumor raising HGH. Have your Dr. test you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
At age 37 had accupuncture and took a few chinese herbs (can't recall their names) for infertility. Would either cause height to increase at this age?
Among chinese & sujok accupuncture, which form is effective in treating infertility? Which alternative therapy is most preferred to treat infertility
No one knows: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny. May not work. may be deadly. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful watch your $$$ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is sujok accupuncture where needles are used only on hands & feet & not on any other body part, effective in treating hypothyroidism & infertility.
Not effective: Acupuncture is not in any way effective for treating hypothyroidism. If you do not have enough thyroid hormone, then a supplemental thyroid hormone replacement is the only effective treatment. Acupuncture has been used to treat infertility, but the reports are not convincing - many women get pregnant during infertility evaluations even without any treatment. See a reproductive endocrinologist! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 3000 years. Now it enjoys a revival and is spreading out through many advanced economically and culturally countries.The existence of the acupuncture points and energy channels was scientifically proven- points and pathways with low electro-magnetic resistance. They create a complete functional network like the nervous system for example. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very: I tell people that acupuncture isn't magic. It has been around since the second century bc in china. It's very helpful for pain, depression, anxiety, and morning sickness. It does seem to augment treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure. It also seems to help addictions such as stopping smoking and recreational drugs usage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely Painful: Acupuncture uses extremely thin needles and is rarely painful. Japanese styles of acupuncture tend to use even thinner needles, and are inserted more shallowly. Patients state sometimes, with extremely acute symptoms like a backache, back pain or neck pain, the needles may feel like a mosquito bite. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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