Acupuncture: Helping More Couples Start Families

An increasing number of couples are having trouble conceiving, especially those who’re trying to start a family later in life. Lengthy NHS waiting lists and complicated IVF criteria often mean that infertility treatment is a hard, exhausting process. For such couples, acupuncture can help. Used in alone or in conjunction with IVF, it really can increase the odds of starting that much desired family.

Understanding AcupunctureAcupuncture. Needles being inserted into a patient's skin

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that’s been practised for thousands of years. It’s based on the premise that the body is made up of energy points, located on a grid-like pattern that spans the human body. Tiny painless needles are strategically placed to simulate energy points, with the energy points targeted varying depending on the nature of the treatment.

How Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture can help to reverse infertility in couples trying for a baby, either as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with IVF. Clinical trials have shown that that acupuncture can increase the odds of a successful IVF treatment round, resulting in an almost doubled success rate. It has also been shown to help stimulate egg production in women, who can’t or choose not to undertake fertility medications.

Why Does It Work?

Traditional Chinese medicine attributes such positive results to the release and circulation of the life energy force Qi. Scientists however, have come to slightly different conclusions. A study at Cornell University found that acupuncture increases the production of endorphins, a brain chemical essential to the menstrual cycle. Other scientists, in contrast, have linked it to the increased production of hormones necessary for ovulation, as well as an increased blood flow to the ovaries. Whatever the reason, the results speak for themselves.


At Acupuncture That Works, we are specialists in helping couples who are trying to conceive. Call us today to discuss how acupuncture can help you.

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