What is Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in the East more than 2000 years ago and is a comprehensive medical system. It comprises of a range of therapies including: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, massage and dietary therapy to help patients achieve and maintain health.
Acupuncture is one of the safest and most popular complementary therapies in the UK. An increasing weight of evidence from western scientific research demonstrates its effectiveness for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions.
In 2018 a recent systematic review and meta-analysis found acupuncture to have a significant treatment effect in improving the live birth rates of women undergoing IVF or ICSI.
It recommended that Acupuncture may also be a suitable treatment option to help reduce stress and anxiety levels for women trying to conceive.
A systematic review published in the British Medical Journal concluded that using acupuncture alongside IVF achieved a 65% clinical pregnancy rate. This study involved acupuncture before and after embryo transfer.
Research research at The Homerton Hospital found that acupuncture can double success rates of IVF.
Acupuncture has been found to:
- Improves blood flow to the ovaries
- Regulate fertility hormones
- Improve the condition of the womb lining
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Can regulate menstrual cycle
Colette Assor Lic Ac MBAcC
Colette graduated in 1999 as an acupuncturist and has completed additional post graduate training in fertility and IVF support. Colette is a regular contributor to Fertility Road Magazine and IVF Babble. A proud member of The British Acupuncture Council and The Royal Society Of Medicine. Colette is The Vice Chair of The Acupuncture Fertility Network.
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