by Sage Acupuncture, Sadie Minkoff L.Ac., FABORM
Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese Medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for thousands of years. By placing extremely fine needles just below the skin, acupuncture stimulates specific points along bio-energetic pathways in the body. In this gentle but powerful way, acupuncture triggers the body’s own healing mechanisms to promote optimal health. Because of its effectiveness, acupuncture is now being used throughout the US as a holistic complement to Western medical treatments.
How does acupuncture help fertility?
The goal of acupuncture is to harness the body’s power to heal itself by influencing the way the body processes and transmits signals. Acupuncture’s positive impact on fertility is due, in part, to its effect on circulation and homeostasis (balance). When unimpeded, blood carries nutrients, oxygen and hormones to the uterus and ovaries and their function is improved.
When should I start treatment?
For those who are receiving fertility treatments such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF), acupuncture may be added as a supportive modality. Positive outcomes can be seen after simply adding one acupuncture treatment before, and one after an IVF transfer. A recent study revealed that IVF results were further improved when the patient underwent nine treatments in the month leading up to the IVF transfer. Optimally, we recommend treatment three months prior to a procedure in order to support the last and vital stage of ovarian development.
Points of interest:
Sage is Austin’s source for natural fertility care. Helping couples conceive and carry healthy babies for over a decade, we understand how important growing your family is to you. The Sage program is designed to support each individual’s unique fertility challenges as well as ease the mental and emotional stress that comes with them.
Our reproductive acupuncturists have obtained the highest credentials in the field. All our practitioners hold Masters of Science degrees in Oriental Medicine, are licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, and Certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
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