Acupuncturist Adrienne Wei L.Ac reveals in Small Business Trendsetters how she helps women overcome infertility with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She is the Founder and Clinic Director at Inner Peace Acupuncture and Wellness in Charlotte NC. where her practice is focused on Women's Health.
Wei explains that although treatment protocol differs from patient-to-patient typical Fertility Enhancement Programs would include weekly or twice weekly acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs. The acupuncture points stimulated and herbal formulation will vary depending upon the patient diagnosis. Patients that are undergoing treatments using prescription medications will not take herbs due to potential for interaction. Diet therapy lifestyle counseling and other therapies such as massage and reflexology may also be included in the treatment program.
According to Wei the most common question new patients always want to know is how long it will take to achieve pregnancy. Wei indicates that the time varies depending upon the patient's condition and said “We typically tell patients to expect three to six months because it takes up to three months just to regulate the reproductive system. Ninety percent of our patients will get pregnant within six months of treatment.”
In 2002, a team of German researchers discovered that acupuncture significantly increased the odds of pregnancy among a group of 160 women who were undergoing IVF treatment. Forty-two percent of the women who received acupuncture got pregnant, compared to 26 percent of those who didn't receive the treatment. The researchers speculated that acupuncture helped increase blood flow to the uterus and relax the muscle tissue, giving the embryos a better chance of implanting.Other research does suggest that acupuncture is effective in reducing stress. Since stress has been shown to interfere with getting pregnant, it makes sense that reducing your stress through acupuncture could theoretically improve your odds of conceiving. Some women find acupuncture helpful to cope with the stress they feel about trying to conceive.
Wei explains that according to Chinese medicine principles there is no such thing as infertility and all women are essentially fertile when their energetics are properly balanced. The problems arise when there's some type of obstruction in the energy meridian. “Helping women conceive is really my passion because of my own battles to overcome reproductive health issues” said Wei. “Acupuncture and Chinese herbs really helped me so for me it's very rewarding to help others as well.”
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