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Issue #2015-04d

Acupuncture and Fertility

Infertility is an all-too-common problem among couples looking to conceive. According to Resolve, the National Infertility Association, approximately 1 in 8 couples struggle to get and stay pregnant. Couples in this scenario often resort to spending tens of thousands of dollars on expensive fertility medicine and treatment that yields no tangible results. However, a more effective solution may come from the ancient practice of acupuncture.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves the placement of thin needles in specific points of the body. While the exact methods have evolved since the practice was first used during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1100 BCE), the underlying principle remains the same: to stimulate the body's life force (Qi) by correcting blockages.

Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other forms of TCM such as moxibustion and cupping. Incorporating these practices into acupuncture strengthen its ability to stimulate the body.

The human body contains a total of 12 meridians through which Qi flows. Normally, it travels through these meridians unrestricted. There are times, however, when a blockage prevents Qi from flowing, at which point it grows stagnant and begins to adversely affect our organs and vital systems. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the belief that restoring the body's Qi can alleviate various symptoms and diseases.

How Acupuncture Can Help Couples Conceive?

So, can acupuncture increase your chances of conceiving? It really depends on what exactly is causing your infertility. However, acupuncture - when performed by a licensed acupuncturist - can restore your body's life force and potentially correct problems associated with infertility.

Fertility clinic researchers recently performed a study to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture as a fertility treatment. 160 patients who were undergoing assisted reproduction therapy were split into two groups: one group received embryo transfer with acupuncture, while the second group received embryo transfer without acupuncture. Of the 80 patients in group one who received acupuncture, 34 became pregnant (42.5%). In the second group, just 21 patients became pregnant (26.3%).

This is just one of many studies attesting to the power of acupuncture for couples looking to conceive. If you're struggling to become pregnant, schedule an appointment with a licensed acupuncturist to see if it works for you. Who knows, this centuries-old practice could be the missing element to your new family.

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  Alternative Treatment for Fertility

About 10 percent of couples struggle with infertility and an inability to conceive, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For those struggling to have children, fertility treatment can become tiring and expensive very quickly. There are numerous alternative treatments including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that have been thought to improve fertility.


By increasing blood flow and Qi (pronounced "chee") to the reproductive organs, acupuncture can help increase fertility. Stress has been noted to cause infertility in women due to an increase in the hormone cortisol. A change in hormones can cause the body to be put out of balance, affecting fertility. Acupuncture can help by decreasing stress with acupuncture points and returning the body to balance.

Acupuncture infertility treatment has almost no side effects, compared to Western medications and hormone treatments that can cause lasting side effects.

Chinese Herbs

Women who received Chinese herbal treatments once a week for about three months were found to be twice as likely to become pregnant as women who didn't receive the treatment, according to a study in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

Chinese herbal therapy uses more than 150 herbs found in groups of about 15 herbs in each treatment. The treatments are made of formulas that include natural ingredients such as bark, root, leaf, flower and plant extracts. These treatments are most commonly given in pill or tea form.

Clinical studies in China have shown that 70 percent of those struggling with fertility who were treated with Chinese herbs have become pregnant.

Ask an acupuncturist or naturopathic doctor on how you can receive Chinese herbal treatment.


Yoga is another way to increase fertility by reducing stress and increasing blood flow, which can help gynecological function.

Breathing practices that are done in yoga can help to relax the mind and lower cortisol levels, bringing hormones back to a normal balance.

Some poses can increase circulation to the reproductive organs including Seated Angle Pose. This pose consists of sitting with your legs stretched out to stretch the hamstrings, bringing more blood flow to the pelvic area.

If you have experience or supervision, yoga inversions such as headstands or shoulder stands can be extremely helpful fertility boosters as they balance the hormones.

Simple lifestyle changes can also help boost your fertility including eating a healthy diet, avoiding alcohol, smoking and environmental toxins, and getting sufficient sleep.

Alternative treatments for fertility can be a less expensive, non-invasive option for improving fertility!


5 Ways To Boost Fertility



#1) Manage Your Weight

Being either underweight or overweight can significantly reduce your chances of getting pregnant. One study involving the analysis of 2,112 female participants found that women with a body mass index (BMI) of 25-39 required twice the length of time to become pregnant as women with a healthy BMI of less than 19.

#2) Eat More Liver

Some people might turn their head at the thought of eating liver, but it's actually a delicious dish that can prove helpful in boosting your fertility. In fact, a report published by the Weston A. Price Foundation found liver to contain more nutrients, gram for gram, than any other food. Whether it's beef or chicken, liver contains vitamin A, vitamin B, protein, folic acid, iron, purines (precursors for DNA) and more.

#3) Eat More Seafood

Seafood - fish, oysters, clams, mussels, lobster, crabs, etc. - are an excellent food for boosting your fertility. They contain large amounts of zinc, iron, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin D, omega fatty acids (the good type of fat), and other essential nutrients, many of which are directly linked to the body's reproductive system. When choosing seafood, however, it's recommended that you opt for smaller-sized fish to minimize your consumption of mercury. Because of its large size, tuna carries a heavy dose of the toxic chemical mercury, and therefore should be consumed sparingly.

#4) Acupuncture

You might be surprised to learn that acupuncture can improve your chances of conceiving. Back in 2002, a team of German researchers performed a study to determine the effects of acupuncture on fertility. Researchers split 160 women who were trying to conceive into two groups: one group received acupuncture, while the second group did not it. They concluded that 42% of the women who received acupuncture got pregnant, whereas only 26% of the control group got pregnant. Does this mean acupuncture will guarantee a pregnancy? Not necessarily, but this form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is proven to help couples conceive in less time. 

#5) Cut Back on Processed Foods

Many women who struggle to conceive eat far too many processed foods. While a fast food burger and fries may seem appetizing, it forces heavy amounts of saturated fat, sodium and even sugar into your body while offering little-to-no real nutritional value. Fertility experts say women should focus on a more natural diet if they want to conceive.

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The information contained within the  newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is  not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health  care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult  a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before  starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
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Acupressure points


Rubbing acupuncture

points with your finger for  30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body,  restoring health and well-being. 




Kidney 13  (KD13):

English: Qi Hole

Chinese: Qi xue






On the lower abdomen, 

4 fingers below the center of the belly button and 1 finger lateral to the anterior midline. 


 Actions & Affects:


  • Infertility, Irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, dysuria, abdominal pain, diarrhea.
  • Acupuncture Research



    Can Help Reverse Infertility




    A long term clinical study has concluded that the use of acupuncture as a treatment for infertility can significantly improve chances of pregnancy.


    The study tested acupuncture alongside groups of women who were either also using in-vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and women using no biomedical assistance.


     While results varied between the different groups they also experienced increases in fertility. Compared to the normal predicted outcome of 24% conception from IVF, 42.5% of the women in the IVF group conceived.


    The group of women receiving no other biomedical treatment for fertility other than acupuncture, demonstrated a conception rate of 52.38%.


    This study clearly demonstrates how acupuncture is a safe and effective way to increase a woman's fertility when trying to conceive.


    The researchers also noted that no adverse health effects were witnessed during the study.


    This is promising news

    for anyone undergoing fertility treatment who wants a safe, natural and cost-effective way to increase their chances of conception.


    For detail article, 

    click here. 

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    Recipe Corner

           Drunken Shrimp

    A great recipe for women wanting to conceive.  


    * 2 cups filtered water
    * 1 lb medium shrimp 

        with shells
    * 1/4 oz fresh ginger root
    * 1 stalk green onion
    * 3 cloves garlic
    * 1/4 cup rice wine
    * 2 TBSP sesame oil
    * pinch of sea salt

    1. In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil. 


    2. Place the shrimp in the boiling water and cook until the shrimp curl. 


    3. Drain and run cold water over the shrimp. 


    4. Place the shrimp in a bowl and pat dry, then set aside to cool for about 15-20 minutes. 


    5. In the meantime, peel and slice the ginger, chop the green onion, and smash the garlic with the flat side of a knife. 


    6. After the shrimp have cooled, pour the rice wine over them. Mix in the ginger, green onion, garlic, sesame oil, and add salt to taste. Marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.  

    The Chinese cook the shrimp, shell and all. This helps retain nutrients and flavor. The time to de-shell & de-vein is after cooking, while eating. 


    Enjoy the shrimp over any whole-grain pasta and steamed snow peas. 





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