Infertility acupuncture has been used for Miscarriage, early pregnancy supportive care, nausea and vomiting, constipation and haemorrhoids, varicose veins and vulval varicosities, headaches and migraines, musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, pelvic and hip pain, fatigue and exhaustion, anxiety and depression, breech and posterior positioned babies, pre-birth acupuncture to prepare the body for an efficient labour, and preparation for a medical induction.
As an example pre-birth treatment involves a series of four treatments weekly from 36 or 37 weeks to prepare for labour. Breech babies are ideally treated between 34-36 weeks gestation during a one off treatment with women shown how to continue treatment at home with a moxa stick (a herb). The stick is lit and held over specific places in the body to stimulate the acupuncture points.
At our Clinic we have been providing advice and treatment for clients in line with these principles and specific to individual needs.
Acupuncture helps by addressing problems that affect fertility such as an under-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism) or over- functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Frequently combined with herbal medicine, acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat some but not all causes of infertility.
Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in that it is a process-orientated method of medical intervention. It is better to do more than less. Patients are commonly treated for three to four months before progressing to insemination, in vitro fertilization or donor-egg transfer. The pacing of such treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect.
Clinical observations from the Berkley Centre for Reproductive Wellness in the US suggests that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medicine.
Reference to the following sites can provide valuable information to make informed decisions on the use of acupuncture to assist with a range of pregnancy related conditions and treatment for infertility.