What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called “Qi”, that circulates through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. An imbalance in the flow of Qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins.
In 1997, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reclassified acupuncture needles from “experimental” to “medical device”. The World Health Organization has published a list of over fifty diseases successfully treated with acupuncture, infertility, menstrual problems are included.

Is Acupuncture safe?

When looking for an acupuncturist be sure to look for proper qualifications. Many chiropractors and MD’s perform acupuncture. Depending on which state, these practitioners are required to get about 100-200 hours of training to give acupuncture. An NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists); L. Ac (licensed Acupuncturist); Dip. Ac. (Diplomat of Acupuncture) DOM (Dr. of Oriental Medicine) OMD (Oriental medical Doctor) will have a minimum of four years training equivalent to a Masters Degree. Be sure to ask for credentials.

Does it hurt?

Most people do feel very little. Acupuncture needles are about twice the size of a human hair and are fill form (solid, not hollow) since we don’t have to take something out or put something into your body. Once the needles are in place you should be able to sleep during your treatment. During your treatment you may feel a mild humming or buzzing in your body. Our patients lovingly call this their “needle nap”.

What are the benefits of Acupuncture treatments for helping us create a family?

  • Improve the function of the ovaries to produce higher quality eggs
  • Regulate the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Relax and de-stress
  • Prevent uterine contraction post IVF embryo transfer
  • Reduce the side-effects of IVF medications
  • Strengthen the immune system/Increase energy
  • Improve sperm count, motility, morphology and reduce sperm DNA fragmentation
  • Increase chance of conceiving
  • Decrease chance of miscarriage

How many treatments for infertility are needed?

At Tower Plaza Acupuncture we like to treat once to twice per week for the first 12 weeks, simply because three menstrual cycles are minimum for the treatment. When symptoms are severe, two treatments a week are recommended. For delayed labor at least two treatments are needed.

Acupuncture is effective for what pregnancy related conditions?

  • Delayed Labor
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Feeling Tired / Sluggish
  • Light Bleeding
  • Dizziness and/or Fainting
  • Irritability
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Yeast Infection
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Nasal Stuffiness
  • Anxiety

Pregnancy and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Pregnancy and Traditional Chinese Medicine Post-conception acupuncture is a natural way to enhance pregnancy. Prenatal care can reduce many of the negative symptoms associated with early pregnancy. Acupuncture can be beneficial for a number of things including nausea, vomiting, premature contractions, deficient amniotic fluid, small for date baby’s as well as breech presentation.

One researcher discovered that through Doppler ultra sound there was more blood flow through the umbilical cord after the mother received acupuncture. Link to this article In the case of delayed labor, acupuncture is an excellent choice to prevent artificial induction with medications. Success rate for acupuncture induction on labor was proven in a study led by fertility specialist Andrew Orr L.Ac. with a success rate of 88% of the Mothers going into labor within 3-24 hours. (See medical articles for details).