When it comes to infertility treatments, the road to pregnancy can often be a long and emotional one. Infertility treatments, including IUI and IVF can be invasive and painful for many couples. And with skyrocketing costs, these types of infertility treatments are becoming increasingly out of reach for everyday couples. For this reason, more and more of those suffering from infertility are looking to acupuncture for help when it comes to conceiving. Inexpensive and safe, acupuncture has proven effective for many couples suffering from the pains of infertility.
What is Acupuncture?Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical treatments being practiced today. Developed more than 2,000 years ago in Ancient China, acupuncture is believed to help reduce pain and treat illness and disorders through the placement of sterilized needles in the body. These thin, hollow needles are placed on specific points all over the body in order to help realign the body's natural forces. The needles are then twisted or vibrated to help the body to become rebalanced, allowing it to heal.
Acupuncture was first brought to the United States in 1971, and has since become exceptionally popular. It is now used by more than eight million American men and women every year in order to help treat a variety of health issues, including infertility.
How Does Acupuncture Work?According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture works by restoring the flow of energy throughout the body. Chinese medicine practitioners believe that there are 20 different energy pathways throughout the body. Sometimes, these energy pathways become blocked causing the body to experience illness and disease. By inserting acupuncture needles at specific acupuncture points throughout these energy pathways, an acupuncturist can release these blockages and restore bodily health. There are more than 2,000 acupuncture points all over the body.
Western medicine believes that acupuncture is effective at treating illness and disease for other reasons. Western researchers have found evidence that acupuncture helps to release certain hormones found in the brain, including endorphins. These endorphins contribute to easing pain and encouraging the body to relax, allowing you to feel better. Acupuncture also appears to encourage blood circulation, allowing immune system antibodies to tackle foreign viruses and infections more quickly.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?Acupuncture has been used to treat a number of different illnesses and conditions, including:
- cancer pain
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- headaches and migraines