A Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic
TCM Solutions for Infertility
IVF and Acupuncture
Scientific studies have shown that acupuncture and Chinese medicine supporting IVF & IUI in the following ways:
- Improve ovarian function to yield higher quality eggs
- Balance hormones for increased production of follicles
- Increase blood flow to the uterus and increases the thickness of the uterine lining
- Prevent uterine contraction post IVF embryo transfer
- Reduce the side effects of IVF & IUI medications
- Increase chance of fertilization after IUI and implantation after IVF and IUI
- Decrease chance of miscarriage
A German study of 160 women undergoing IVF found that the women who had acupuncture before and after the
embryo transfer had a significantly higher pregnancy rate - 42.5% compared to 26.3% of the women who did not
Another study by Cornell University, published in the December 2002 issue of Fertility and Sterility, reported, "
The peripheral impact of acupuncture in improving uterine artery blood flow and hence endometrial thickness .....
provides encouraging data regarding its potential positive effect on implantation." the study concluded, "Because
acupuncture is nontoxic and relatively affordable, its indications as an adjunct in assisted reproduction or as an
alternative for women who are intolerant, ineligible, or contraindicated for conventional hormone induction of
ovulation deserves serious research and exploration."
We collaborate with many prominent fertility clinics in Ontario. ISIS Regional Fertility Centre, ONE fertility Clinic,
Hamilton Assisted Reproductive Technologies (HART), Oakville Fertility and Women's Health Centre, Astra
Fertility Group, and New Life Fertility Centre are all renowned facilities in reproductive medicine with leading edge
procedures and state of the art technology.
To our practitioners, Wei Zhen and Yongping Sun, fertility treatment is one of their focuses of TCM practice. In their 32
year's practice, they have been using acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat all different female and male
infertility in China, UK, US and Canada. They are knowledgeable and experienced TCM and acupuncture practitioners.
Currently, about half of our infertility patients use acupuncture in conjunction with IVF(in vitro fertilization), where
egg and sperm are united in a petridish and the growing embryos are transferred into a woman's uterus.) or
artificial insemination. Others use acupuncture and our herbal medicine only. Among these using acupuncture
and herbal medicine only, either they already tried IVF treatment several times with no luck to get pregnant, then
they turned to us as the last resort. Or they financially can not afford IVF or simply they want to try these none
invasion, no chemical, all natural therapies before considering IUI or IVF. A small group of our patients in their late
30s or early 40s were turned down for IVF by their fertility doctors, then they turned to a recipe of acupuncture
and herbal medicine as a alternative.