Oriental Medicine has enhanced fertility for thousands of years. The evidence supporting the usage of herbal medicine and acupuncture for infertility can be found in early medical literature dated back to 3 AD.

According to the principles of Oriental Medicine, a person’s health condition is determined by the balance of Qi, the vital life energy circulating through the body. So acupuncture and Oriental herbal medicine can strongly influence the reproductive and endocrine systems by inducing a particular effect in the body.

Infertility is defined as the biological inability of a man or woman to conceive, but very few women are truly infertile. Most women who have been given a diagnosis of “infertility” are merely out of balance. Some of these imbalances are caused by improper lifestyle, constitutional tendencies, diet, or stress. All these factors can result in decreased fertility.

Infertility due to hormonal problems, immune disorders, amenorrhea, irregular menstruation, stress, or aging is due to functional, not structural reasons. Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress.

Fertility treatments may vary because no two patients are alike. But on average, we recommend visiting once a week for at least three consecutive cycles. Treatment includes acupuncture, herbal treatment, stress reduction, and a reasonable diet.

What are the benefits?

  • Regulate menstrual cycle
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
  • Reduce the miscarriage chance
  • Strengthen the immune system and promote overall body health
  • Reduce stress
  • Balance endocrine system
  • Increase the chance of pregnancy
  • Enhance the quality of egg

Acupuncture can significantly increase your chances of conception if your infertility is due to:

  • Amenorrhea
  • Elevated FSH Level
  • Endometriosis
  • Irregular and anovulatory menstrual cycle
  • Luteal Phase Defect (LPD)
  • Premature Ovarian Failure
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Stress
  • Poor egg quality
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Thin, unresponsive endometrium
There is a great number scientific literature that have been published to discuss the relationship between acupuncture and infertility. An example of one such review conducted jointly by The Institute of East-West Medicine and the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility of Weill Medical College of Cornell University can be found here.