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Qualified as a medical doctor in Western medicine in China with a Medical degree from Beijing, China and a PhD degree from the UK. Many year research and clinical experiences. This blog is for information only.

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

How can acupuncture help female infertility? Research updates

Female infertility is increasing globally. Many studies have discussed the beneficial effects of acupuncture on female infertility. With advancements in science and medical technology, acupuncture-related research has increased in investigating its effectiveness in treating female infertility. Research has shown that acupuncture has a positive treatment effect on female infertility.

How does it work? This is research update about how acupuncture works on female fertility.

First, regulate reproductive hormones. There are five of them. GnRH, FSH, LH, oestrogen and progesterone. These five hormones need to be well balanced to the right level for reproductive system to work and for women to get pregnant. If these hormones lost balance and their levels are up and down, women would have difficulty to conceive. Acupuncture helps to restore these hormones balance to promote pregnancy.

Second, improve ovarian function. Acupuncture can reduce inflammation in the ovary and promote the blood supply in the ovary. This improves ovarian toxic environment and helps follicles development and ovulation and improves ovarian function.

Third, promote embryo implantation. Acupuncture helps to resist the maternal immune response to embryos. Acupuncture helps to establish the pathway of material exchange between mother and embryo. Acupuncture helps embryo development and growing to the uterine lining.

Jing-yu Xu et al Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2022; 2022: 3854117.

Acupuncture can help to raise progesterone level to get pregnant.

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