The theory and practice of acupuncture originated in China. It was first mentioned and recorded in documents dating a few hundred years before the Common Era. Earlier instead of needles sharpened stones and long sharp bones were used around 6000 BCE for acupuncture treatment. Alas, it would be fair to say acupuncture has played an essential role in traditional Chinese medicine for a long time.
Traditional Chinese medicine has emphasized the balances around the flow of energy and Western practitioners have embraced it as a complimentary treatment of choice for many conditions.
Fertility & Reproductive Support
At Life Therapies, Khoi Vu has spent years researching the benefits of acupuncture and its role for reproductive support and fertility. He has over 30 years of clinical experience and is passionate about helping others improve their health and wellbeing. He has a vested interest in sharing how acupuncture provides a natural alternative or enhancer to conventional fertility treatments – including ART, IUI and IVF, in addition to:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Low ovarian reserve
- Recurrent miscarriages
- Uterine Fibroids
- Irregular periods or absent periods
- Hormone imbalance such as low progesterone, or high/low FSH
- Luteal phase defect
- Unexplained infertility
- Poor sperm motility, low sperm count or morphology
- Thyroid conditions
A recent article mirrored many of the topics Khoi regularly addresses with new and existing clients:
Acupuncture assists in the treatment of reproductive health issues, including painful cycles, infertility and menopause. Women experiencing painful cycles have found relief through acupuncture, and while the reason this works is still not known, several studies confirm the efficacy of acupuncture to treat pain during menses.
According to research published in the International Journal of Women’s Health, acupuncture “regulates uterine and ovarian bloodflow,” and by doing so, alleviates pain. Additionally, by stimulating these systems in women experiencing infertility, a healthier uterine environment results, which promotes successful fertilization.
In Rubinstein’s practice, many patients receive acupuncture in conjunction with assisted reproductive technology. “Our patients are often already working with reproductive endocrinologists, and we interface with their Western doctors,” he says.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about how acupuncture can play an integral role in fertility and reproductive support, please do not hesitate to call the Life Therapies office in Ottawa. The admin team and Khoi Vu would be happy to discuss your situation and make recommendations!