Improve fertility with Chinese Medicine

Our acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner Ester has helped many women and men improve their fertility. Chinese medicine has been shown to assist with this, here are some journal articles investigating various aspects of fertility issues:
Female Infertility

The multiphasic fertility acupuncture protocol tested in this trial did positively influence the women who received it compared to the women who used lifestyle modification alone. It increased their fertility awareness and improved their wellbeing. Those who conceived did so in half the time of their lifestyle only peers. (Suzanne CochraneCaroline A. SmithAlphia Possamai-Inesedy, and Alan Bensoussan. Prior to Conception: The Role of an Acupuncture Protocol in Improving Women’s Reproductive Functioning Assessed by a Pilot Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3587569, 11 pages)

There is preliminary data indicating acupuncture may improve menstrual health and coping for women experiencing delays falling pregnant. There is experimental data showing that acupuncture can influence female reproductive functioning, although the actual mechanisms involved are not yet clarified. Further well-conducted clinical research would benefit our understanding of the usefulness of acupuncture to women’s health.

S. Cochrane, C. A. Smith, A. Possamai-Inesedy, and A. Bensoussan, “Acupuncture and women’s health: an overview of the role of acupuncture and its clinical management in women’s reproductive health,” International Journal of Women’s Health, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 313–325, 2014.

IVF / IUI / ET – Assisted fertility procedures
Two systematic reviews looking into assisted fertility in IVF have shown that acupuncture is an effective adjunct to therapy and reduces the stress experienced by women during this time.

Qian, Y, Xia, XR, Ochin, H,  Huang, C, Gao, C, Gao, L,  Cui, UG, Liu, JY, & Meng, Y 2017 ‘Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis’, Archives of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Vol. 295, No. 3, pp. 543–558.

Jo, J & Lee, YJ, 2017 ‘Effectiveness of acupuncture in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome undergoing in vitro fertilisation or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a systematic review and meta-analysis’, Acupuncture in medicine, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp 162-170.

Endometriosis
In a randomised, placebo-controlled, cross over trial study, showed acupuncture can reduce pain and improve health-related quality of life in women with endometriosis in a trial of 101 women aged between 20-40 years, with laparoscopic-diagnosed endometriosis (stage II-IV). They received 10 acupuncture treatments twice a week for 5 weeks and needles were stimulated manually and/or by moxa (heat therapy).

Rubi-Klein K, Kucera-Sliutz E, Nissel H, Bijak M, Stockenhuber D, Fink M, Wolkenstein E, “Is acupuncture in addition to conventional medicine effective as pain treatment for endometriosis? A randomised controlled cross-over trial”, Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 2010; 153: 90–3.

low AMH / low ovarian reserve

The present results showed the feasibility and safety of acupuncture for the treatment of Premature Ovarian Failure (in China). These findings suggest that acupuncture may decrease serums FSH and LH level, raise E2 (oestrogen) serum level, relieve anxiety, reduce mental stress, and improve the menopausal symptoms. No serious side effects were found.

Y. Chen, Y. Fang, J. Yang, F. Wang, Y. Wang, and L. Yang, “Effect of acupuncture on premature ovarian failure: a pilot study,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2014, Article ID 718675, 6 pages, 2014.

Male Infertility
The aim of this prospective controlled study was to assess the effect of acupuncture on the sperm quality of males suffering from subfertility related to sperm impairment. Semen samples of 16 acupuncture-treated subfertile patients were analyzed before and 1 month after treatment (twice a week for 5 weeks). In parallel, semen samples of 16 control untreated subfertile males were examined. Two specimens were taken from the control group at an interval of 2–8 months. The expanded semen analysis included routine and ultramorphological observations. The fertility index increased significantly (p≤. 05) following improvement in total functional sperm fraction, percentage of viability, total motile spermatozoa per ejaculate, and integrity of the axonema (p≤. 05), which occurred upon treatment. The intactness of axonema and sperm motility were highly correlated (corr. =. 50,p≤. 05). Thus, patients exhibiting a low fertility potential due to reduced sperm activity may benefit from acupuncture treatment.
 , “Effect of Acupuncture on Sperm Parameters of Males Suffering from Subfertility Related to Low Sperm Quality” Pages 155-161 | Published online: 09 Jul 2009.