Acupuncture is an ancient natural healthcare system, originating in China over 3,000 years ago and based on the principles of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.  Its benefits have been experienced throughout history, and it is now widely used and recognised across the world.

There is overwhelming evidence of its effectiveness in treating infertility and gynaecological conditions and it is for this reason that it is used as the principal form of treatment at Conceive. It has become steadily more recognized by the medical profession in the UK, and an increasing number of gynaecologists now work together with Chinese medical practitioners to support their treatment.

Acupuncture is based on the principles of Yin and Yang, two opposing qualities, which should be in a state of dynamic balance. When the balance becomes undermined, due to lifestyle, emotional, dietary, hereditary or climatic factors, toxins or trauma, menstrual irregularities or infertility may result.

Like Yin and Yang, the hormones, too, are in a constant state of dynamic flux. By balancing Yin and Yang, Chinese medicine is able to balance the hormones and treat a number of gynaecological disorder.

 

Amongst the conditions acupuncture can treat are:-

  • female infertility

  • male infertility

  • PCOS

  • endometriosis

  • miscarriage

  • High FSH

  • High prolactin

  • amenorrhea

  • painful periods

  • heavy periods

  • PMT

  • morning sickness

  • poor lactation

  • post-natal depression

  • menopausal symptoms

From a western medical perspective, acupuncture can affect a response in the endocrine, neurological and immunological systems.  It promotes the circulation of blood in the tissues, as well as stimulating the peripheral nerves, thereby triggering changes in the brain and internal organs.  

 

The  hypothalamus is the regulatory control centre of all the hormones, and is situated in the brain.  It controls the discharge of gonadotropin-releasing hormones, which govern ovulation, menstruation and pregnancy. The influence of acupuncture on the hypothalamus explains why it is so effective in treating reproductive health.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can:

  • lower stress hormones which interfere with ovulation

  • regulate hormones by stimulating the hypothalamus, the regulatory control centre of all hormone activity

  • increase endorphin production which, in turn, effects the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone

  • promote blood circulation in the uterus, ovaries and testes

  • influence the facility with which the eggs are released and travel down the fallopian tubes.

  • improve ovarian function and follicular development

  • increase fertile mucus

  • thicken the lining of the uterus

  • increase energy production in the cells

  • boost and balance the immune system

  • strengthen the digestive system  and nourish the quality of the blood, increasing general health and well-being.

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