Acupuncture and herbal medicine have long been recognized as effective treatments for infertility, particularly in Chinese culture where the hereditary passing of governmental and societal positions holds great importance. The historical significance of infertility in the context of monarchy and positions of power meant that the best court physicians of the time were tasked with finding effective solutions for this condition, leading to the development of acupuncture and traditional Asian herbal medicine.

Acupuncture, which dates back to 300 B.C., is the oldest medical system in the world and has undergone thousands of years of research and development. It has been proven to be effective in treating various functional aspects of infertility, including advanced maternal age, endometriosis, luteal phase defect, polycystic ovarian syndrome, premature ovarian failure, and unexplained infertility. Acupuncture works by modulating the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, normalizing sex hormones, increasing pelvic circulation, relieving menstrual cramping and endometrial issues, improving the thickness and structure of the endometrial lining, and potentially enhancing egg quality.

With its long history and extensive research, acupuncture has become a prominent and effective component of fertility care. Its ability to address various infertility factors and improve reproductive health makes it a valuable option for those seeking alternative treatments for infertility. However, it’s important to consult with a qualified and experienced acupuncturist or herbalist to ensure safe and appropriate treatment tailored to individual needs.

Acupuncture has also been found to be effective in the treatment of male infertility, despite the differences in male anatomy compared to females. The energetic function of males is similar to that of females, and acupuncture can help increase and enhance pelvic blood flow, regulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis, and improve male hormonal function and sperm parameters, as well as male sexual function.

In recent years, there has been growing interest among Western doctors in incorporating acupuncture into the treatment of various disorders, including infertility in both males and females. Many fertility clinics now include acupuncture care as part of their in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment protocols. Modern, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies have shown the effectiveness of acupuncture in increasing IVF success rates. As a result, many IVF clinics now refer their patients for acupuncture care and some even have acupuncturists on their staff. Mainstream OB/GYNs have also started referring their patients for acupuncture to treat conditions such as endometriosis, menstrual cramping, and menopausal symptoms.

At Body Perfected we specialize in the treatment of both male and female infertility. We are not only general acupuncturists, but also focus exclusively on helping patients become parents. We are qualified acupuncturists and focus and assess non-acupuncture related modalities, such as western endocrinology, nutrition, nutraceutical supplementation, and western diagnostic testing, in order to provide a well-rounded approach to help patients achieve and maintain pregnancy.