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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
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, & furthermore...: ...they won't do anything for infertility either. The only things that will be fruitful & multiply are the bank accounts of the acupuncturist & the seller of the Chinese herbs (I'll wager they're the same person, right?). You may as well throw your money in the trash for all the value you're getting out of it. Knowledge is power. Arm yourself with REAL knowledge, not airy-fairy junk pseudoscience. ...Read more
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?
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