Acupuncture is a very old Chinese medicinal practice dating back 5,000 years ago.  Its aim is to bring back the balance of energy (chi) in the body for the restoration of health, the removal of blockages and the correction of body dysfunctions.  Needles used for acupuncture are thin as hair and sometimes made of gold but usually made of stainless steel.  These are inserted into some of the 400 or more energy points called acupoints that connect to 14 energy vessels called meridians all within the body.

Acupuncture is used widely in Asia for over three millennia and introduced in Europe in the 16th century.  It became relatively known in the US only during the 1970’s and since then has been steadily growing in popularity.  Critics call this treatment as some sort of pseudo medicine since by their methods of research they miserably fail to prove the existence of chi and tits energy pathways called meridians.  Even now these unique traditional Chinese medical concepts remain elusive to it Western researchers.  Whatever the case, its effectiveness is obvious when it comes to treating different kinds of health problems like infertility, back pain, headaches and others.

Acupuncture’s effectiveness in increasing the chance of conception has been proven when it’s used as either a stand alone treatment for infertility or as an adjunct to reproductive assisted programs like in vitro fertilization (IVF) or egg donor transplant.  An experienced and qualified acupuncturist will provide treatment with very few risks and side effects as opposed to the legions of side effects that prescription medications has on the body.

Acupuncture is also effective in the treatment of various sorts of addictions as well as for the management of stress, pain and nausea among others. The application of Chinese herbal medicine may be combined with acupuncture treatment to gain a more effective and potent result.  Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help solve the problem of irregular menstruation, irregular hormonal function, low sperm count, polycystic ovary syndrome and other infertility problems.  It also helps regulate bodily functions, mitigates or neutralizes or mitigates the harmful effects of a poor lifestyle and restores emotional and mental wellness; all essential requirements to better the chances for conception.  If you are considering acupuncture for your fertility problem, the best thing to do is to consult with a qualified and experienced acupuncturist who more or less specializes in infertility problems.  Usually an Bellingham acupuncture treatment for infertility can last a few to several months depending on the type of problem you have.

This combination of Eastern and Western modalities in increasing the chance of pregnancy has helped lower the rate ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages.  Patients going for reproductive assisted programs are now often required to undergo acupuncture therapy first before being treated with the actual reproductive assisted programs themselves to improve the success rate of their treatment.