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Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine improve fertility rates

Posted: March 26, 2014 |   Comments

( A new study published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine has concluded that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine strongly benefit women struggling with fertility issues. The study included various types of patients, including those trying to get pregnant naturally and through in vitro fertilization or intrauterine insemination, all of whom experienced significant improvements in successful pregnancy rates.

Prior investigations have shown that acupuncture enhances fertility, by stimulating the secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which exerts a regulatory effect on the menstrual cycle and ovulation, as well as by enhancing micro-circulation of blood in the uterus.

In the new study, researchers examined women who had "no obvious major cause of infertility in terms of Western medical diagnosis," 15 of whom were classified as having "Stagnation of Liver qi," in accordance with traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture was the major method of treatment in the study, but several subjects were supplemented with Chinese herbal medicine as well. Altogether, 21 women completed the two-year course of the study, and none experienced any adverse effects. Over the two years, the group's overall fertility rate significantly improved to 66.7 percent.

Acupuncture has also been shown to help women with polycystic ovary syndrome, improve sperm motility in males and benefit health in other ways, including lowering stress and anxiety. Be sure to check out to read a thorough report on the benefits of acupuncture for fertility.

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