Acupuncture helps with fertility as its increases the chances without side effects.

Acupuncture used with Western fertility treatments, increases conception rates by 26%. For the 4.5 million couples experiencing infertility each year, acupuncture may be worth a go.

Acupuncture can increase fertility rates by minimising stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system, allowing the chances for an egg to be nourished and carried to term. The researchers speculated that acupuncture helped increase blood flow to the uterus and relax the muscle tissue, giving the embryos a better chance of implanting.

Female infertility stems from problems such as anovulation and endometriosis or unknown factors.

Other research does suggest that acupuncture is effective in reducing stress. Since stress has been shown to interfere with getting pregnant, it makes sense that reducing your stress through acupuncture could theoretically improve your odds of conceiving. Some women find acupuncture helpful to cope with the stress they feel about trying to conceive.

When people are under stress, the hormone cortisol is released in the brain. This alters the brain's neurochemical balance, thus changing hormone levels and disrupting the pituitary balance that is key to the reproductive cycle. Chinese medicine can help support a woman through this important time in her life, whether that is emotionally or physically, acupuncture can help with much more than just conception.

Stress can also create spasms in both the fallopian tubes and the uterus, which can interfere with movement and implantation of a fertilized egg. In men, stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence.

Acupuncture may also help male infertility. A few studies have shown that regular treatments significantly improve sperm counts and motility (the strength with which the sperm swim).  They found that acupuncture was associated with fewer structural defects in sperm and an increase in the number of normal sperm.

Acupuncture consists of the insertion and stimulation of needles at certain points on the body. Over 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body connect with 14 major pathways, called meridians. Chinese medicine practitioners believe that these meridians conduct qi, or energy, between the surface of the body and internal organs. It is qi that regulates spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance.

When the flow of qi is disrupted through poor health habits or other circumstances, pain and/or disease can result. Acupuncture helps to keep the normal flow of this energy unblocked, thereby increasing a couple's chances of conceiving

Acupuncture can help with morning sickness, nausea, aches and pains (low back pain, for example), anxiety preparation for birth, and preventing miscarriage with the help of herbal medicine.

When woman or men reach a certain age the qi of the kidney starts to decline and the function of the reproduction slowly fails. In Chinese’s Medicine we use herbs and acupuncture to tonify and strengthen the kidney meridian.

In Chinese medicine blood stasis or dampness can occur to obstruct channels and the uterus, not allowing the reproductive system to operate as it should. If the liver channel is blocked it will not allow conception to occur.

It it seen that when the kidney meridian is deficient the female might experience irregular periods, heavy periods, or scanty periods to even knee pain to frequent urination, leaving the body feeling tired (causing infertility).

Blood stasis might be evident if the female experiences long term irregular period with clotting to dampness with signs of swelling and vaginal discharge that will cause infertility. Acupuncture can help with tonifing the meridians and eliminating blood stasis and swelling.

Written by Helen Efstathiou