Acupuncture and Chinese herbs may be ten times more effective than IVF at about one-tenth of the cost. Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat many, but not all, causes of infertility. For example, acupuncture and herbs will not work to address tubal adhesions which can occur as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis. However, in this situation, an individual could still benefit from acupuncture and herbs because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.
For nine years, my husband and I struggled with infertility treatments ranging from IUIs to IVF. Over the years, we had sought out different doctors, hoping to find someone who had a medical protocol that would work. We also decided to change acupuncturists as well. Fortunately, we found Dr. Long at teamacupuncture.com
I had regular weekly appointments with Dr. Long beginning about 4-5 months prior to the last embryo transfer and had followed her customized treatment plan for me: She prescribed specific meridian points combinations at different phases of my conception. Then fine tune the prescription in accordance with my body’s reaction during the whole the 5 months of treatment. In addition, Dr. Long used different techniques, including acupuncture, electric acupuncture, scalp needling ,moxibustion and Chinese herb formulas, to achieve optimum results for me. Dr. Long did not even stop with such sophisticated medical plan yet. She also helped me manage my stress and anxiety, as well as lifestyle adaption – warming foods, no cold foods or beverages, lots of nutritious soups I made at home. She also asked me to keep my feet warm, by wearing socks and enclosed shoes rather than sandals, even wearing socks to bed.
During my first visit in July, Dr. Long asked me to be positive, patient, stick to the routine of treatment for at least 3 to 6 months, and strictly follow her medical orders.
In December 2018, after all these years, we finally got what we hoped for. A positive pregnancy test and an ultrasound that showed not one but two sacs!!
Her care for me didn’t end after we had that positive test. At 6 weeks, I had the flu and I texted to get help with my fever. She provided ways to help lower my fever without me having to take more medication, which I couldn’t. Dr. Long also periodically checked in on me to see how I was feeling. And I’m very pleased to say that I am now at 25 ½ weeks, with my twin boys.
I felt that she cares for each and every one of her patients; even adjusting her schedule so I didn’t miss an appointment that week.
I highly recommend Dr. Long and her services.
Acupuncture can be used to treat any type of fertility disorder including inflammed tubes. Spasming tubes are often calmed with acupuncture, though blocked tubes will not respond to acupuncture.
Acupuncture is often combined with herbal remedies to treat elevated follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
- Repeated pregnancy loss,
- Unexplained (idiopathic) infertility,
- Luteal phase defect,
- Hyper-prolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma),
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with annovulatory cycles and
- Male factor including men affected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation.