Acupuncture and herbs have been used for centuries to address issues of infertility. Acupuncture can increase circulation to the reproductive organs and help to reduce stress. Acupuncture combined with dietary changes and rebalancing the flow of Qi can complement Western techniques for infertility.
Many studies have been done on the effects of acupuncture combined with Western treatments.
In one study found in Fertility and Sterility Volume 85, Issue 5, Pages 1341-1346:
Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial.
Acupuncture on the day of ET significantly improves the reproductive outcome of IVF/ICSI, compared with no acupuncture. Repeating acupuncture on ET day +2 provided no additional beneficial effect.
In another study from Fertility and Sterility Volume 77, Issue 4, Pages 721-724:
Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy
Result(s): Clinical pregnancies were documented in 34 of 80 patients (42.5%) in the acupuncture group, whereas pregnancy rate was only 26.3% (21 out of 80 patients) in the control group.
Conclusion(s): Acupuncture seems to be a useful tool for improving pregnancy rate after ART.
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