Acupuncture for Fertility
Did you know that acupuncture can be (and routinely is) used to treat infertility? This fact sounds shocking to those who hold misconceptions about acupuncture — ask certain people, and they’ll lead you to believe it’s just a superstitious, non-scientific money-making scheme.
To understand why this can work, you need to understand what acupuncture is, as well as a little bit about how fertility versus infertility works. Acupuncture is an ancient process where thin, disposable sterile needles are inserted into the skin at strategic points along the body. Trained practitioners (acupuncturists) identify about 2000 potential placements for these needles. The procedure has a calming effect and reduces stress. It is generally known to produce other benefits as well and seems to “kick start” the body’s natural processes.
Fertility is a little more complicated. There’s no one on/off switch between fertility and infertility — rather, there are a number of different factors that could influence a woman’s fertility. Infertility could result from an over-functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or an underfunctioning one (hypothyroidism). But the simplest of these factors is stress. Stress releases a hormone called cortisol (often called the “stress hormone”), which influences many different bodily functions, including fertility. Basically, stress hinders your body’s ability to operate the way it’s supposed to.
From there, the influence of acupuncture on infertility should be clear. Infertility can result from too much cortisol, which comes from stress; acupuncture gives a calming, restorative effect and eases stress. But there’s more to it than that. Acupuncture also increases blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, thus bringing more of the nutrients needed to produce eggs in the ovaries and a thick lining in the uterus. Acupuncture also helps release endorphins (hence the calming effect), and endorphins help maintain the menstrual cycle.
But still, there are misconceptions. This is likely because acupuncture does not provide an immediate fix. These problems are lifestyle-induced, and therefore take holistic work to fully treat. Acupuncture, when properly administered by a trained acupuncturist, can be a vital part of that work.
If you want to receive acupuncture treatment for infertility, contact Merritt Wellness Center today.