Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Fertility
- Focused fertility acupuncture treatment has been found to increase the flow of blood to the uterus notably the endometrium (the inner lining of the uterus) and balance reproductive hormone levels and improve the quality of eggs released.
- Acupuncture and IVF therapy. Acupuncture can be administered in conjunction with IVF therapy – clinical trails have shown by also using acupuncture it increases the success rate of pregnancy by 15% – 20%.Conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovaries have also been shown to improve with acupuncture.
Female fertility & In vitro FERTILISATION IVF
What should you know?
A recent systematic review and meta-analysis (the highest level of research for evaluating the effects of a treatment) investigated the effects of acupuncture on sub-fertile women during in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).1
- A total of 3,188 sub fertile women from 12 randomised controlled trials were included in this latest investigation.
What did the research find?
- Acupuncture significantly improved the live birth rate of sub fertile patients undergoing IVF/ICSI.
Why is this important?
In the UK, the overall birth rate following assisted reproduction is only 21% to 22% (fresh and frozen transfer). The birth rate varies with age and the type of transfer (see Table 1).
|Table 1 UK birth rates per embryo transfer2|
|Age Range||Fresh Cycle Transfer||Frozen Cycle Transfer|
|35 and under||29%||26%|
Live birth rate can be considered the most important measure of success for sub-fertile people undergoing assisted reproductive treatment.
Acupuncture has been shown to have a significant treatment effect on live birth rates, indicating that it may complement an IVF/ICSI cycle.
Chinese herbs have a long history of being used to aid fertility. Over hundreds of years treating different conditions with certain herbs, everything was documented, and through trial and error herbal formulae developed into a system pharmacology – aiming at different targets of the body. There are more than 150 different herbs to choose from; usually a formula is comprised of 6 or more herbs with the purpose of correcting a functional problem that causes infertility.
Every mixture is prepared after a consultation and a careful diagnosis. The herbs are boiled and drunk as tea or powder form.
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