Failing to conceive trial after trial or having repetitive miscarriages after finally receiving positive pregnancy results can be frustrating. Consequently, going through Assisted Reproductive Technologies (IUI, IVF, etc.) can also be very demanding both physically and emotionally. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine services at HolliBalance Well-being Center help your body prepare for pregnancy, improve the chance of embryo implantation, and reduce the risk of miscarriages. We have helped many women with fertility issues achieve full term pregnancy with acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments. Our approach to a healthy pregnancy does not interfere with Western treatment protocols, it simply improves the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.
“I was having several miscarriages and was denied by the insurance company for IVF procedure due to high FSH. I got pregnant successfully after seeing Dr. Song for two months. Everything went well with me and I had a beautiful girl. She was born right on her due date on 9/11/11 and she is almost 5 months old now. The whole experience was so good that I am ready for baby number 2 - means I will get to see Dr. Song soon!”–M.H., Medford, MA
“I don't know how, but it looks that your "magic herb" works! Since I've started it, the spotting stopped, and I feel very pregnant (meaning: crappy and cranky!)” –C.A., Newton, MA
Acupuncture and Fertility
Acupuncture is becoming a widely accepted fertility treatment on its own for people trying to conceive naturally or for those seeking complementary treatment to assisted reproductive technologies (IUI, IVF, etc). Clinical studies show that acupuncture can increase the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF) by 230%. Although there are several factors that can contribute to an individual's inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to full term, the most common root cause of infertility from Chinese Medicine perspective is insufficient blood circulation - especially in the lower abdominal area and the reproductive system. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine therapies can help enhance fertility by improving the circulation throughout the body, particularly in the lower abdominal area and the reproductive system. HolliBalance uses acupuncture and/or customized herbal formulas to help achieve smooth blood flow throughout.
Do you have any of the following symptoms that may cause infertility?
- Painful menstruation
- Menstrual clots
- Irregular menstruation
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Fallopian tube obstruction
- Scar tissue in the uterus
All the above symptoms are signs of blood stagnation in the lower abdomen and reproductive system. Such conditions can impair the ability to conceive and they often result from long-term anxiety and stress, which are known to be major factors that contribute to poor blood circulation. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treatments can regulate the menstrual cycle, achieve a balanced and regular menstruation cycle and prepare the body for conception. Acupuncture guides the body toward deep, peaceful relaxation, which is vital during any fertility treatment.
In approximately 40 percent of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing cause of infertility. Over the past two decades, statistics have shown that men's sperm concentration has decreased by nearly a third, or 1.9% a year. In 1989, the average level of sperm for a 35-year-old man was 73.6 million per ml, well above the sub-fertile threshold, while in 2005 it dropped to 49.4 million per ml. Scientists suspect that pesticides and environmental toxins such as BPA reduce male fertility. Accumulating evidence suggests that early life influences make a difference, which corresponds to the theories in Chinese Medicine that state the connection between the Kidney/Life Gate energy (part of it is congenital and the other postnatal lifestyle and health) and male fertility. Acupuncture and customized Chinese herbal formulas improve the circulation and awaken the Kidney/Life Gate energy.
"My wife and I were not able to have the IVF procedure due to insurance issues. We were left trying on our own with my sperm morphology problem. After 3 months of acupuncture treatment, sperm motility went from 3% to 9% and morphology went from 1% to 5%. We are so happy. We feel very grateful for Dr. Song's high quality care." - A.A., Malden, MA