Misun has worked at the University of Colorado Fertility Clinic, and offers treatments to enhance fertility.
How Does Acupuncture Support Fertility?
Acupuncture can influence many hormones including those that affect fertility. Studies have shown many of the effects of acupuncture are mediated by endorphins - naturally occurring opiates in the central nervous system that effect pain perception, neuro-transmitters and have neuro-modulatory functions. Pregnancy The endorphins influence the control of a wide variety hormones through the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian axis. See study.
Chang R, Chung PH, Rosenwaks Z. Role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility. Fertil Steril. 2002 Dec;78(6):1149-53.
The stimulation of endorphins through acupuncture also helps to decrease the physiological stress response. That is why people feel relaxed after an acupuncture treatment. While one can exercise to get a "runners high" to affect endorphins, specific acupuncture points have been shown through MRI research to effect specific organs and glands.
Lewith GT, White PJ, Pariente J. Investigating acupuncture using brain imaging techniques: the current state of play. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2005 Sep;2(3):315-9. Epub 2005 Aug. 10.
Improves Endometrial Lining
Studies have shown acupuncture improves blood flow to the uterus which may increase the success of embryo implantation by improving the quality of the endometrium.
See study Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Andersson SA, Wikland M. Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Hum Reprod. 1996 Jun;11(6):1314-7.
Can Acupuncture Improve In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?
Yes. A 2002 German study published in Fertility and Sterility on 160 women undergoing IVF found that 42.5 percent of those who had acupuncture before and after embryo transfer became pregnant versus 26.3% in a control group, a nearly 50% improvement.
Paulus WE, Zhang M, Strehler E, El-Danasouri I, Sterzik K. Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Fertil Steril. 2002 Apr;77(4):721-4.
Will You Do Acupuncture at My IVF Transfer?
Yes, every attempt will be made to come to your transfer. Please call our office to set this up.
How Does Chinese Acupuncture Help Intrauterine Inseminations (IUI's)?
Chinese Medicine helps improve the success of Intrauterine Inseminations (IUI's). We can help increase blood flow to the uterus, relax the patient, and help with implantation. As always it is most effective if the patient can be evaluated before beginning the process as each individual's plan is unique.