Acupuncture has been recognized as an alternative therapy for most conditions. It has been used for various ailments such as pain management and also is being used for smoking cessation. Aside from these, recent research has found that acupuncture may also be beneficial for people experiencing infertility.
Acupuncture is an ancient treatment used by the Chinese. From the oriental, it has now expanded and being used generally by most countries because of its increasing popularity, and is now available at your local Wesley Chapel chiropractor.
Acupuncture is known to relieve ailments through the release and maintenance of good flow of the “chi’ or life energy. It uses thin needles to stimulate life energy pathways located in the different areas in the body known as acupoints. These acupoints specifically innervates a specific organ or part of the body. When acupuncture is employed, the flows of energy in these areas are improved leading to a more positive health outcome. Acupuncture is not only for people with ailments, but also for normal people to maintain and improve good energy flow.
Based on these positive effects of acupuncture in the body, it has been established as an accepted means of alternative therapy. However, some people are still skeptical about the effects of acupuncture. The National Institute for Health has recommended the use of acupuncture because of the following effects:
- It improves blood pressure maintaining normal blood pressure.
- It stimulates the central nervous system to release natural neurotransmitters that boost wellness and also improves the ability of the body to undergo natural reparative process.
- It promotes the release of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.
Because of these beneficial effects of acupuncture, it was also believed to manage certain conditions such as infertility. However, experts advise that acupuncture in itself may only be able to relieve infertility caused by functional problem such as anovulation, but it may not be effective for structural problems such as kinking of the fallopian tubes or sperm ducts.
How Does Acupuncture Help People with Infertility
Acupuncture is effective in functional infertility because of its effects in regulating the body systems. Acupuncture aids in the blood flow and flow of energy to the organs responsible for reproduction and also helps stabilize the level of hormones that is responsible for the development of egg cells in women or sperm cells in men. As a result, there is improved functioning in ovulation and sperm cell production.
Aside from these physiologic effects of acupuncture, it may also help women and men to be relaxed and free from stress. Most unexplained infertility is caused by excessive stress that prevents women from being a right host for pregnancy. In this line, acupuncture may help women improve their feeling of well-being resulting in better pregnancy outcomes.
In one study, there were more women who successfully got pregnant after in vitro fertilization (IVF) coupled with acupuncture as compared to women who only undergone IVF. Another study also yielded same results that women who had undergone acupuncture had more success rates of in vitro fertilization.
In order to maximize effects of acupuncture for infertility, it is essential that people undergo acupuncture at least once or twice a week. A single acupuncture treatment may not produce maximum results so it is essential to visit an acupuncturist regularly. Experts even recommend a maximum of 12 acupuncture treatments before planning to get pregnant.
Despite these, women should avoid any acupuncture treatments involving the abdominal area during pregnancy because of chances for negative outcomes such as miscarriage. Nevertheless, acupuncturists are trained and knowledgeable of the appropriate acupoints to be used.