12. November 2011 · Comments Off on IVF and Acupuncture Saratoga Springs for Infertility · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

There are certain types of infertility where acupuncture Saratoga Springs treatment can be effective.  Knowing what kinds of infertility where acupuncture therapy works and not work is a step in appreciating its use for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.

Acupuncture is used in preparation for IVF procedures.  As a stand alone procedure, it takes several treatment sessions before acupuncture becomes effective in treating a specific fertility problem. Herbal medicine is often combined with acupuncture to better the chances to conceive.  Herbs are given out by licensed and experienced herbologists.  This is important to note because there are specific herbs that might neutralize or counter the medications a patient is currently taking.

During pregnancy, certain meridians should not be stimulated by acupuncture.  Certain points in the stomach, gallbladder, large intestine, bladder and spleen as well as all meridians located in the lower abdomen are areas where no stimulation should be done.  Once pregnant, herbals that are used should be reevaluated as all of these factors may, at the least, complicate the pregnancy or worse, can lead to miscarriage or forced abortion.

Reasons exist as to why women who desire to get pregnant choose acupuncture and IVF.  Acupuncture with IVF, artificial insemination or egg-donor transplantation have had very high rate of success. During pregnancy, acupuncture in combo with herbal medicine in the first few months of pregnancy has shown to minimize the risk of miscarriage.  As a stand alone treatment, acupuncture is used to treat infertility caused by body dysfunctions such as spasmed tubes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and others. It has been reported to be effective in treating unexplained infertility and male infertility.  Other functional problems that lead to infertility are elevated follicle stimulating hormone levels, anovulation, irregular menstruation, poor sperm motility, low sperm count, erectile dysfunction and endometriosis among others.  All of these can be addressed properly with acupuncture combined with herbal therapy.

There are acupuncturists who specialize in fertility problems and many of them also coordinate with reproductive assisted clinics in the treatment of infertility.  If you are interested in seeing this kind of acupuncture specialist, make sure to select a licensed and highly experienced one to avoid unnecessary problems or complications.  You can ask your doctor for any recommendations.

Acupuncture has elevated the efficacy of these artificial programs because it works in a multidimensional level.  The effect of stress in the mind and body can weaken the body system and cause dysfunctions.  Stress can result in tightened muscles and poor blood flow.  With acupuncture, stress gives way to a relaxed body and calm mind.  When the body is relaxed, the muscles likewise relax and blood flow can increase throughout the body.  The important systems for reproduction, the endocrine and the reproductive system are all nourished with the improved blood flow and they begin to function normally again.

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