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Acupuncture as an Infertility Therapy

Updated: Jan 9, 2019

Acupuncture for treating infertility is a magnificent treatment and should be in the top of one’s list when seriously considering having a baby. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical procedure that has been used for thousands of years as a cure for several kinds of health conditions. However, this treatment involves the use of needles and may conjure up fearful associations of painful injections or vaccines on an individual. The fact is New York infertility acupuncture is a relatively painless treatment that induces a feeling of tranquility and relaxation during the better part of the treatment.



Acupuncture is part and parcel of traditional Chinese medicine, which follows a belief that there exists a balanced flow of energy in the body that keeps the body healthy; if this balance is disturbed various health conditions arise. This energy is called chi and travels through invisible energy vessels called meridians. Needles are inserted in certain parts of the body to remove any obstructions to chi flow. Removing the energy blockages and restoring normal chi flow normalizes body functions and returns good health to the body.


Infertility is defined as the inability to produce or conceive a child.  A 2011 study stated that about 2/5 of women are unable to conceive, which is quite a staggering statistic.  The conditions of endometriosis and blocked fallopian tubes are the most reported diagnosed causes of infertility.  Acupuncture can be very good for infertility cases that are non-structural in nature. Problems like anovulation, hormonal imbalance, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), irregular ovulation and menstruation and luteal phase, defect, etc. are all functional problems that acupuncture can most effectively treat.


Most people would try Western medical conventional ways to treat infertility first and only as a last option will they consider acupuncture.  Acupuncture is by far, the cheapest treatment for infertility.  It takes several treatment sessions of acupuncture before substantial results are seen.  Each session takes around 30 to 45 minutes.


Acupuncture can use several techniques for treatment.  Some of the techniques used are electrified therapies, manual or ear acupuncture.  With electrified acupuncture, the needles are attached to electricity generating gadgets that send out low and weak electrical impulses top stimulate the body’s energy flow.  With ear or auricular acupuncture the acupuncturist inserts needles on the outer ear to correct the hormonal imbalances in women.  Manual acupuncture combines the use of herbal medicine or moxibustion with acupuncture needles to treat a specific infertility disorder.


Acupuncture removes stress from the body.  This is a very important factor since too much stress can lead to impotency and infertility.  Acupuncture helps stimulate the release of endorphins to take away stress and to improve blood flow to the reproductive system. This nourishes the ovaries and the sexual organs and reinforces the uterine wall that prevents miscarriages during pregnancy.  These factors all contribute to an environment conducive to conception.