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Can Acupuncture really Improve your Fertility?

Through the years, I’ve come across many women (and men) who have asked me about acupuncture and if it really does work. I am a firm believer in it and know firsthand the positive, lasting effects it’s had on my own body.  Whatever your own beliefs are, there are two indisputable facts about acupuncture:

  • It increases blood flow to whatever areas are being treated.  Numerous studies over the years show the circulatory effects acupuncture creates and, for those suffering from fertility issues, increased uterine blood flow is a definite bonus with lasting results.
  • It has been used in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) for hundreds of years and thousands upon thousands of women have attributed acupuncture and TCM with their own pregnancy successes.

 

TCM shows great success in a new study conducted by Tel Aviv University

Now a new study conducted by Tel Aviv University and published in the Journal for Integrative Medicine demonstrates some very positive findings which might convince you to finally try acupuncture.  What were these groundbreaking results?

“In the first study that measures the effectiveness of both herbs and acupuncture in combination with IUI [Intrauterine Insemination] infertility treatment, Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari and Keren Sela of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Tel Aviv Medical Center say that the results, which have been published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine, show a significant increase in fertility when the therapies are administered side-by-side.

When combining IUI with TCM treatments, 65.5 percent of the test group were able to conceive, compared with 39.4 percent of the control group, who received no herbal or acupuncture therapy.  The method is as “close to nature” as possible…”

Dr. Lev-Ari and Keren Sela followed the progress of 29 subjects undergoing fertility treatments who were also given TCM herbs to work hand-in-hand with each other.  Aside from the amazing results demonstrated, what makes this study even more compelling was the median age of the test group when compared to that of the control group (those not undergoing TCM).

“Dr. Lev-Ari and Sela note,”The average age of the women in the study group was 39.4, while that of the control group was 37.1.  Normally, the older the mother, the lower the pregnancy and delivery rates,” they explain.”  

However, this was not the case in this study.  The older women were able to achieve far higher conception rates than their younger counterparts not undergoing TCM.  Very promising news! So let’s say you’re interested but don’t know what you’d be signing up for by undergoing acupuncture…Read Part Two to find out more. 

 

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