Acupuncture and IVF/ ICSI

 
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  Acupuncture, Stress and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

A fertility specialist talks about how acupuncture can benefit women going through IVF.

Can acupuncture and IVF go hand in hand? Sandy Goodman MD of Reproductive Medicine Group, Florida and Kym Caporale, L.Ac discuss stress reduction, acupuncture and IVF in this short, interactive video.


Effects of acupuncture on pregnancy rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Cui Hong Zheng, M.D.; Ph.D.a, Guang Ying Huang, M.D., Ph.D.a; Ming Min Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.b; Wei Wang, M.D., Ph.D.c.. Fertility and Sterility. 1-11-2012.

Acupuncture improves Clinical Pregnancy Rates (CPR) and Live Birth Rates (LBR) among women undergoing IVF. Appropriate acupuncture times (around the time of controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH), or oocyte aspiration (OA), or through the time of COH to the time of OA), enough treatment courses (at least four sessions) and syndrome differentiation and treatment according to individual characteristics should be strongly considered in the acupuncture programs.


Effects of Acupuncture on LIF and IL-12 in Rats of Implantation Failure

Gui, Juan; Xiong, Fan; Li, Jing; Huang, Guangying.American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. Am J Reprod Immunol. 1600-0897. 2012.

According to the study, Acupuncture could improve the poor receptive state of endometrium by promoting LIF and IL-12 secretion to improve blastocyst implantation.


Increase of success rate for women undergoing embryo transfer by transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation: a prospective randomized placebo-controlled study

Conclusion(s): Transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation, especially double TEAS, significantly improved the clinical outcome of embryo transfer


Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

Dieterle S et al, Fertil Steril 2006 Vol 85, pg 1347-1351 Fertility and Sterility

Conclusion: Luteal-phase acupuncture has a positive effect on the outcome of IVF/ICSI


Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women

Westergaard L et al, Fertil Steril 2006 Vol 85, pg 1341-1346

Conclusion: Acupuncture on the day of ET significantly improves the reproductive outcome of IVF/ICSI, compared with no acupuncture. Repeating acupuncture on ET day +2 provided no additional beneficial effect.


Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture

Stener-Victorin E, et al Hum Reprod 1996; 11:1314-1317. Human Reproduction

Conclusion: This study reported in Human Reproduction (the official journal of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) shows that after 8 acupuncture treatments blood flow to the uterus was markedly increased.




I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy on November 27th and immediately began acupuncture treatment at a clinic in south Austin. After 7 weeks of treatments I saw very little results and asked the acupuncturist for his recommendation. He said he had done all he could do and referred me to Dr. Liu. I was shocked that someone who was collecting almost $300 a week from me would refer me away to another doctor. I called and set up an appointment with Dr. Liu for the next week.

At the initial appointment Dr. Liu spent almost two hours working on my face. He started with an initial discussion of the Bell's and its onset, then treated the area with acupuncture and massage. I have been seeing him for almost 4 weeks and have seen drastic improvements in facial movement. He prioritized treatment by focusing on the eye area first so that I could begin to close my eye. He has moved onto the smile lines and has been able to bring back movement there as well. He is now working on the brow and forehead lines.

Dr. Liu is extremely well versed in neurological diseases and specifically Bells Palsy. He has great nurtitional advice as well. Dr. Liu teaches patients a multi-prong approach to recovery. He makes sure to spend adequate time examining tender facial muscles and treating specific areas of need during each appointment. He also taught me how to massage the muscles when I go home to encourage recovery in between appointments.

I am so thankful to have come in contact with him. My Bell's Palsy is definitely improving and I am positive his treatments are the cause. I would highly recommend visiting Dr. Liu for acupuncture treatments.

A. Jacobs