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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Infertility

by Kristen and Tony Burris For the one in six individuals that have struggled to get pregnant, or stay pregnant, the heartbreak of infertility is all too familiar. In terms of fertility, the majority of individuals

by Kristen and Tony Burris

For the one in six individuals that have struggled to get pregnant, or stay pregnant, the heartbreak of infertility is all too familiar. In terms of fertility, the majority of individuals consider only medical options—hormones, huge hypodermic needles and in-vitro fertilization (IFV). Rarely do couples think of something as simple as acupuncture and herbal medicine as a possible cure. However, dozens of studies evaluating tens of thousands of people are proving that acupuncture and herbal medicine are helping couples conceive in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Compared to IVF couples, those that have personalized, traditional Chinese herbal medicine prescribed by their acupuncturist conceive in one-third of the time and at double the rate. In a mean meta-analysis of 1851 women, published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 50 percent of those prescribed herbal medicine were pregnant, whereas only 30 percent got pregnant with IVF.

These are encouraging facts for couples faced with harrowing ups and downs while trying to conceive. Other studies are showing that acupuncture reduces miscarriage, improves egg quality, increases blood flow to reproductive organs and is effective for both female and male infertility.

How To Find an Infertility Expert in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
Search for an individual with years of experience, numbers of success stories and a holistic approach. Look for someone that has 100 or more of photos of infertility success stories on their website and social media. Inquire how many infertility cases they have treated in their career. If they have helped more than 500 couples conceive, they are a good choice.

Experience
Research someone with at least 15 years of experience that has worked intimately with multiple different reproductive endocrinologists, but the majority of their successes come from an all natural approach.

Referrals
Inquire if the acupuncturist and herbalist have ever received referrals from reproductive endocrinologists (IVF doctors) and if other acupuncturists have come to them for infertility. It is a good sign when reproductive endocrinologists or OBGYN doctors seek out a holistic infertility practitioner.

Referring Out
It’s important to choose an acupuncturist and herbalist that knows when to refer out for IVF. Some cases need an integrative approach that combines acupuncture with IVF. If a couple does require IVF, according to the February 2008 British Medical Journal, acupuncture has been proven to increase its success rate to 65 percent. This is a remarkable enhancement, considering some patients are told they have less than 1 percent chance of conceiving with IVF.

Specialist
Infertility is complex and needs a comprehensive approach with an experienced acupuncturist and herbalist. Look for a practitioner that either primarily or exclusively treats infertility. It is crucial that are a master herbalist. Acupuncture alone will not suffice in the majority of infertility cases.

Financial Expectations
No one wants to put a price tag on happiness, but the reality is that infertility treatments are expensive. One IVF cycle averages around $20,000. By contrast, it’s quite possible to see an acupuncturist twice a week, take a full regimen of several herbal medicine prescriptions and a half-dozen supplements to enhance fertility for 15 attempts at getting pregnant before spending that much. Combine the savings of natural fertility treatments with studies that prove couples are twice as likely in one-third of the time to conceive using traditional Chinese herbal medicine compared to IVF and seeing an acupuncturist for infertility makes perfect sense.

Success Story
Eliza True intimately knows the challenges infertility causes. “I came to Eagle Acupuncture just after experiencing a miscarriage. We had been trying for four years prior to the miscarriage, and were completely devastated. After just three months of acupuncture and herbs prescribed by Eagle Acupuncture fertility experts, we became pregnant with a daughter. She is now 2 years old, and we just welcomed our son at the beginning of January. We are so thankful we had no trouble getting pregnant with our son, and we know acupuncture healed my body for good,” says True.

Kristen and Tony Burris, owners of Eagle Acupuncture, located at 507 S. Fitness Pl., Ste. 100, in Eagle, are licensed acupuncturists with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine (MSTOM). They are also licensed to dispense herbal medicine and herbal remedies by the state of Idaho. For appointments, call 208-938-1277. For more information, visit EagleAcupuncture.com.

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