Welcome to the Infertility Junction!
There have been many studies and reports that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help with conception. While there is no definitive and fool-proof protocol, we at Healing Junction have seen very happy endings to what seemed to be difficult cases. We have couples that would be glad to speak about it.
Results from a recent study in Germany indicate that adding acupuncture to the treatment protocol of IVF patients greatly enhances their chances of becoming pregnant. While the physiologic mechanisms by which acupuncture may affect the uterus and reproductive system have not been identified, the researchers found that as a practical matter, at least among their small study population, the technique worked.
In a study of 160 patients undergoing in vitro fertilization, researchers utilized acupuncture, an important element in the 4,000-year-old tradition of Chinese medicine, before and after the embryo transfers of half their patients. The patients, who were all required to have embryos of good quality, were evenly and randomly divided into two groups similar in age and diagnosis. The difference between pregnancy rates for the two groups was notable. Patients were examined using ultrasound six weeks after their IVF procedures. In the control group, 21 out of 80 patients became pregnant. Of the patients who had received acupuncture treatments, 34 of 80 became pregnant. The researchers plan to conduct further studies to try to rule out possible psychological or psychosomatic effects. Sandra Carson, MD, President-Elect of ASRM, commented, "If these findings are confirmed, they may help us improve the odds for our IVF patients' achieving pregnancy."
We believe that as important as the above protocol is that an emphasis on diet, exercise/yoga and stress reduction are key. Food is the fuel we put in our system to provide energy, if that fuel is insufficient or impure it will effect every part of our body, including the reproductive system. The same is true with exercise, without regular movement we are not keeping our systems efficient and in tone. Our mental health is key, when we are frequently stressed, the body makes excess adrenaline and cortisol, negatively effecting our endocrine and immune systems. The stress of going through conventional fertility treatments can be very overwhelming. We understand that and have methods to help people get through those turbulent times.
In Chinese medicine two of the main causes for infertility are called "blood stagnation" or "blood deficiency". If a woman has no period or a very irregular or light we might call it deficient. If the period is very heavy, painful or irregular it may be stagnate. When these conditions are addressed, it can often change the underlying imbalance that may be part of the problem.
We don't have any "magic bullets." No one does. However, our hope is with compassion, skill and some common sense that we may be able to help you reach the goal you are looking for.