Fertility and IVF:
For couples who are trying for a family, acupuncture and shiatsu can help with problems of infertility, and support those using IVF and other ART (assisted reproductive technologies).
A recent systematic review and meta-analysis (the highest level of research for evaluating the effects of a treatment) found that acupuncture significantly improved the live birth rate of sub-fertile female patients undergoing IVF/ICSI.
An analysis by the University of Maryland School of Medicine suggests that women who undergo In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) can increase their chances of pregnancy by up to 65% if they are also treated with acupuncture (British Medical Journal 2008).
A study in Germany found that acupuncture may also increase a couple's chance of conception when used in conjunction with IVF. Those who received acupuncture before and after implantation showed a 42.5% pregnancy success rate, compared with the standard In Vitro group had a 26.5% pregnancy rate (published by the National Library of Medicine in April of 2002).
Recent research has shown that women using acupuncture were just as likely to conceive as women using a fertility drug (Reuters Health: Fertility and Sterility 2002; 78; 1149-1153).
Male infertility accounts for about 35% of couples difficulty in conceiving. Acupuncture can improve sperm motility, morphology and quantity. We encourage men to play a more active and positive role in increasing a couple's chances of conception, and will make relevant lifestyle and dietary recommendations to support this process.
Many women find acupuncture and shiatsu beneficial during pregnancy. It can help with a variety of problems, such as low back pain, morning sickness, acid reflux, and can support and maintain a healthy pregnancy.
Moxabustion is now a well recognised treatment for turning breech babies from 28 weeks onwards (American Journal of Chinese Medicine - Winter 2001 Yoichi Kanakura et al). Midwives often refer women in this condition for moxa treatment as they acknowledge its efficacy and repeated success.
Acupuncture and shiatsu can also help induce labour, helping the mother to stay relaxed, and assist with pain management during birth.
After childbirth, acupuncture and shiatsu along with dietary recommendations are very helpful in restoring and replenishing the new mother's energy.
Acupuncture and shiatsu can help to regulate periods, improve blood flow and quality, and reduce the pain associated with menstruation and PMS. The underlying causes and symptoms of PMS and irregular, missed or painful periods can be addressed and symptoms often alleviated quite quickly. Promoting a regular, healthy cycle is a central aim of acupuncture treatment and for all conditions associated with menstruation. Nurturing a positive relationship with this natural process is considered essential to an overall sense of women's health and well being.
This time of transition can be made more comfortable for women for whom night sweats, hot flushes, anxiety and depression etc, are a problem. Treatment focuses on restoring depleted energy, encouraging restfulness, reducing excessive sweating, and helping women coming to terms with the natural changes they are experiencing.
Other Women’s Health issues:
Chronic menstrual problems such as fibroids respond well to more long-term care. Acupuncture can help restrain heavy bleeding associated with fibroids and relieves the pain of endometriosis.
Acupuncture is also effective for treating cystitis and helps alleviate the symptoms associated with discharge irregularities, thrush and candida.
For more information please call:
Chris 07956 464 222
Emma 07971 289 557 or email: [email protected]