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Acupuncture and Infertility Hackettstown, NJ

Acupuncture and Infertility - Village Family Clinic

Acupuncture and Infertility

Dr. Karen M Zuidema DAOM LAC PhD is a doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, as well as Holistic Nutrition specializing in Women’s health and Infertility.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine works to enhance fertility by restoring balance to the body and the internal systems responsible for regulating hormones. Acupuncture helps to:

  • Increase blood flow to the uterus which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall.
  • Reduce anxiety, stress, and hormones secreted during stressful situations - such as cortisol - which significantly decreases fertility.
  • Normalize the systems that regulate ovulation, especially in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Endometriosis.
  • Positively affects the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a major role in fertility.
  • Regulate the menstrual cycles.

When used in conjunction with Advanced Reproductive Techniques (ART), such as IVF and IUI, research studies has shown Acupuncture improves the outcome of treatments by as much as 50%.

How Acupuncture could help increase your chances of conceiving.

Acupuncture needles inserted under the skin along meridian pathways helps stimulate the nervous system, releasing chemicals to affect the body’s internal regulating system. Acupuncture needles also stimulate specific nerve fibers to carry electrical impulses back to the brain, increasing beta-endorphins. Higher beta-endorphins help reduce the sympathetic “fight or flight” response, and promote relaxation.

Pressure points produces a micro electric current which causes a release of prostaglandins into the bloodstream. Prostaglandins stimulate the production of a substance in the nerve endings that transmits messages to the hypothalamus, a section at the base of the brain that controls all hormonal activity, and involved with ovulation, menstruation and pregnancy.

When the hypothalamus receives a message triggered by the stimulation of an acupuncture point, neurotransmitters like dopamine, adrenaline and serotonin cause the conversion of GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone); which acts on the pituitary gland that controls the ovaries, adrenals and thyroid gland. The pituitary also produces FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) both are critical elements in a healthy ovulatory cycle.

Acupuncture treatments can also improve the concentration, volume, and motility of sperm.

Bottom line: Acupuncture can stimulate the body’s hormonal system to create a healthy balance thus enhancing the body’s ability to conceive.

To make an appointment call our office (908) 292-8608

Dr. Karen M Zuidema DAOM LAC PhD is a doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, as well as Holistic Nutrition specializing in Women’s health and Infertility.

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