Acupuncture can be a great treatment for fertility in both men and women. Acupuncture is part of many traditional systems of medicine, especially in Asia. When applied at specific locations on the body it has been proven to help regulate immune, cardiovascular, neurological and hormonal systems. Clinically I have seen improvements in energy, wellbeing and sperm quality in men. I have also se
en improvements in menstruation, cyst formation, egg quality and implantation in women. These effects have also been confirmed through many controlled trials.
In my Naturopathic practice I have seen demand for fertility/infertility treatment rise over the past decade. Aside from increases in environmental toxins and hormone disruptors, stress has become a serious epidemic. Chronically elevated levels of stress hormones can disrupt almost every biological system in the human body. It is no surprise that the couples I see struggling with infertility generally have high levels of stress. Furthermore the anxiety applied to fertility struggles compound on top of the already present stress level. Acupuncture has been an extremely effective tool in regulating the stress response in those individuals affected by chronically high levels of physical and emotional stress.
What to expect
At my Naturopathic clinic in North York Toronto, the protocol for men and women struggling with fertility is as follows:
- Initial Consultation: A discussion of medical history along with physical examination and testing.
- Review of test results along with acupuncture protocol as well as dietary and nutritional interventions.
- Acupuncture 30min once per week for 3 cycles/months.
- Repeat testing.
I have been privileged to be able to help many couples conceive and reach their fertility goals over the past decade. Acupuncture is an effective, virtually painless and side-effect-free tool to help with fertility/infertility. I would always recommend this type of therapy as a treatment option to explore before undergoing more invasive pharmaceutical approaches.
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