Acupuncture is an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) healing method dating back over 2000 years and is widely used around the world in numerous health systems.
Acupuncture facilitates the body’s natural ability to restore the natural flow of energy, commonly referred to as “Qi”. In the Chinese medicine view, good health depends on the quality of free flowing Qi energy and blood throughout our bodies’ pathways, generally referred to as meridians.
This energy and blood flow is easily affected by everyday lifestyle choices, such as sleep, stress or poor nutritional choices. Health conditions, pain or emotional disturbances can all arise from this impaired free flow of energy resulting in imbalances, blockages, excesses or deficiencies.
Acupuncture has traditionally been used to bring the body back to its normal balance of Qi and Blood circulation, and promote relaxation.
Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of incredibly fine single use disposable needles. The needles are inserted into different locations on the body’s surface. Some needles may produce a gentle sensation and rarely will they create pain.
Acupuncture for Fertility
Acupuncture is gaining popularity as a treatment for fertility issues. Some studies have shown that it can improve the success rate of in vitro fertilization, and it is thought to help by increasing blood flow to the uterus and decreasing stress.
Data analysis by fertilityIQ compared women who did IVF alone, with women who added acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer, and women who had acupuncture during their IVF cycles (around 13 to 15 sessions). The women who added more acupuncture sessions were twice as likely to have a baby compared to women who did IVF alone, and 60% more likely when compared with women who just had two acupuncture treatments on the day of embryo transfer.
At Womb to World, we influence the normal flow of energy or 'Qi', to circulate blood and fluids and alleviate stagnation to aid in fertility.
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Written by Angela Marshall, Holistic Acupuncturist