Fertility Bellevue acupuncture is the use of acupuncture therapy as a way to achieve conception. Infertility is a problem for both some men and women although the latter seems to suffer more fertility problems and that is why more women seek fertility acupuncture than men.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) which acupuncture is an important part of believes that chi or vital energy is flowing within the body. This chi is the life force of all living things and this is what causes the body to live, grow, thrive and reproduce. Chi travels along 12 invisible energy channels all over the body called the meridians. If a meridian channel is blocked, the normal flow of chi is disrupted and this is the start of disease which can also manifest as infertility.
TCM gives importance to the major body organs since energy deficiency in these organs is the reason for the rise of many diseases in the body. For conception problems, the kidney organ is the one given extra attention. Any kidney meridian blockages removed can greatly enhance the chances of conception because extreme emotional or psychological conditions are removed.
Acupuncture cannot address all types of infertility cases. Some types of infertility are structural in nature and thus may need the help of surgery or artificial reproductive techniques (ART). These types of structural problems are adhesions in the fallopian tube, pelvic inflammatory and endometriosis among others. The good news is apart from these all other types of fertility problems can be treated with fertility acupuncture.
Sometimes, acupuncture may not be strong enough to successfully treat a fertility problem. So, to make it more potent, it often is combined with other TCM modalities particularly Chinese medicinal herbs. Also, moxibustion combined with acupuncture can vastly better the success rate of conception.
Another very important benefit of acupuncture in combating infertility is its ability to greatly up the success rate of ART procedures such as in vitro fertilization, donor egg transfer or artificial insemination. Without acupuncture, these procedures have a success rate of less than 50%; with acupuncture their success rate goes up 70% or more. Most ART clinics now require their patients undergo 3 to 4 months of acupuncture therapy before they start on the ART procedure itself.
It is important to note that the needles are never applied on the abdomen or within the pelvic area after undergoing IVF, insemination or transfer procedures. These are dangerous spots if the patient is already pregnant and acupuncture treatment in these areas can lead to a miscarriage or other pregnancy problems. The “danger spots” for acupuncture treatment during pregnancy are the stomach, large intestine, abdomen, spleen and liver.
Getting fertility acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in fertility acupuncture is highly recommended to prevent pregnancy complications and miscarriages.