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What are the Benefits of Acupuncture for IVF Patients?

By Lifang Liang, O.M.D., Ph.D., L.Ac.

There are many different ways to get to one goal. Both Chinese and Western medicines have accomplished great feats over the last century, treating numerous diseases, saving thousands of lives, and. improving the quality of life for countless others. Using the best of both worlds, it is my experience that it is possible to increase the success rate of in vitro fertilization significantly.

In fact, a recent German study found that using acupuncture with IVF achieved a 42% clinical pregnancy rate in the test group, compared to 26% in the control group that did not receive acupuncture. This study involved giving acupuncture for just one day, shortly before and after the transfer of embryos. My clinical experience is that this rate increases to at least 60% with broader support of both Chinese herbs and acupuncture in preparation for and support throughout the

IVF procedure. As well, both of these modalities can significantly reduce the risk of miscarriage by supporting the female during her entire pregnancy.

A large number of patients who have tried IVF several times and were unsuccessful have soon become pregnant after Chinese medicine treatments. In clinical observation, the ultrasound shows that, after acupuncture, the color of women's ovaries change from cloudy to bright and clear. The follicles usually double in number, the lining of the uterus becomes thicker, and the number of embryos increases significantly. Patients experience less side effects from the Western drugs and feel more at ease and happy. For male patients, it is my experience that the semen quality significantly improves and the sperm number greatly increases. In brief, Chinese medicine can help to improve the success rate of IVF in a number of ways:

  1. Improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs

  2. Regulate the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles

  3. Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining

  4. Relax the patient and decrease their stress

  5. Prevent the uterus from contracting

  6. Lessen the side effects of drugs used in IVF

  7. Strengthen the immune system

  8. Improve semen to create better quality and quantity of embryos

  9. Decrease chances of miscarriage

 

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