How can acupuncture and Chinese herb medicine help infertility.
Acupuncture (from Lat. acus, “needle” (noun), and pungere, “prick” (verb)) is a technique of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into acupuncture points on the body. Based on the archaeological evidence, it is believed that the earliest precedents of acupuncture dated as far back as 1000 BC.
Acupuncture treats the human body as a whole that involves the system of the meridians and collaterals. They are pathways that carry qi (vital energy, pronounced “chee”), blood and body fluid around the body. All the internal organs, apertures, skin and hair, tendons and muscles, bones and other tissues in the human body rely on the communication through the meridians, to form an integrated and unified organism. Practitioners will choose a combination of points to achieve the desired effect. The choice is guided by long-standing formulae, modified to suit each individual and problem.
Acupuncture for reproductive medicine is complex as the diagnosed condition may involve more than one organ system. This means that acupuncture points relating to different organ systems will need to be carefully chosen collectively to address the imbalances of energy flow in these systems. Modern research have found acupuncture can enhance the chances of IVF and increase blood flow in uterus (see research page for more details).