If you want to increase conception rate naturally, eastern medicine may make the difference for you. Fertility clinics across the globe are adding acupuncture as a service because it works: the research shows pregnancy rates almost double with the addition of acupuncture to ART (assisted reproductive technology) techniques.
How can acupuncture help?
Yes, it’s a needle, an object stuck into the body at strategic locations. What happens when the needle goes in? Done correctly, you hardly feel the needles if at all, but the body’s internal mechanisms take note and start to communicate with each other in a very good way.
fMRIs are used to illustrate the areas of the brain that respond to acupuncture. The research I’ve followed focuses on the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-axis (HPA) and the Limbic System.
The HPA regulates many hormones some responsible for the menstrual cycle, including its clock-like regulation and building a healthy uterine linine for embryo implantation.
The Limbic System is where emotions, memory, and learning are processed in our brain. In both the HPA and the Limbic System the stress response is registered. When there is anxiety and stress in the absence of an immediate threat (on the order of being chased by a wild animal) acupuncture mediates by telling the “fight or flight” signaling molecules to back off and let the body calm down.
Acupuncture also improves blood circulation which relaxes the pelvic structures, making conception and healthy embryo implantation more likely.
When women experience some of the side effects of ART treatment such as heat, difficulty sleeping and feeling tired, acupuncture’s side effect of boosting immunity helps.
As fertility research continues, perhaps the subtle influence acupuncture has on chemical messengers in the body will be “discovered.” For now, all over the world couples are using acupuncture to help realize their dream of having a happy and healthy baby.
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