Acupuncture for Infertility: Ancient Medicine in a Modern Time
Today’s fertility treatments leverage cutting edge science and state of the art technology so why is an ancient form of medicine often used in concert with fertility treatment?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing that promotes relaxation through the connection of mind and body. Women seeking fertility treatment, particularly In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), often sign up to receive acupuncture because they want to develop inner harmony as they prepare for pregnancy. At Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia (RMA of PHL), we partner with The Healing Arts Center, which offers acupuncture services in our King of Prussia location.
Wondering if acupuncture might help round out your holistic care routine?
Here’s what you need to know about acupuncture and fertility:
How might acupuncture aid in pregnancy?
Acupuncture may affect infertile patients by increasing the production and release of endorphins and enkephalins. These are natural analgesics that can increase blood flow in your body. “This also includes an increase of blood flow to the uterus and ovaries noted on Doppler studies of pulsatility of the uterine artery.” Said Steven Mavros, Co-Founder of Healing Arts Center and licensed L.OM. Advocates of acupuncture believe that it may aid in the growth of a healthy ovarian follicle, enhancing stimulation cycles. “Acupuncture may allow for a better response through the course of stimulation, or help with lining development for implantation.” Said Steve. Advocates also suggest that acupuncture may help regulate menstrual cycles, combat stress levels, decrease headaches and digestive issues.
Along with laser acupuncture, traditional needle treatments acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system.
How do I find an acupuncturist while seeking infertility care?
In many ways, choosing an acupuncturist is similar to choosing any health care provider: location, cost, specialty and personal preference are all things to be considered. For those receiving fertility treatment, finding an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility is vital. At the Healing Arts Center, Steve Mavros and his team of compassionate and skilled acupuncturists have been helping individuals since opening their doors in 2006. Steve and his team work hand-in-hand with reproductive endocrinologists at RMA of Philadelphia to offer exceptional acupuncture that focuses on treating male and female infertility.
If you are interested in making an acupuncture appointment with The Healing Arts Center at RMA of Philadelphia’s King of Prussia location, call 215-627-3782 or make an appointment here: https://healingphilly.com/contact-us
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