The Chinese medicine approach to fertility is to optimize the health of the mother and father prior to pregnancy. This increases the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby. Pregnancy can be very taxing on a woman’s body, particularly if she is not at her optimum health. We ask for 3 months during which time you do not get pregnant so we can build up your body. During this time you will receive weekly acupuncture treatments and take 4 herbal formulas (1 for each phase of your cycle).
After 3 months the program changes from building your body to promoting pregnancy. You will continue the weekly acupuncture. The herbal formulas will also be modified. Once you fall pregnant we recommend continuing acupuncture treatments regularly to maintain heath during pregnancy and postpartum.
Note, these acupuncture treatments are targeted for fertility only. If you would like to treat additional concerns, such as back pain, etc., we recommend the standard acupuncture treatments.
Series of 8: $360 ($45 each)
Time: 45 minutes per treatment
Herbs (approximately 2 month’s supply): $160
Fertility has been a primary focus of acupuncture and Chinese medicine since its beginnings some 2500 years ago. Since around the 1950s, acupuncture has been used to complement Western medical treatments, first in China, and now increasingly around the world. A 2006 Danish study demonstrated a significant increase in successful IVF treatment when acupuncture was performed immediately before and after embryo implantation. Our acupuncturists are experienced in providing complementary care for fertility patients undergoing fertility treatment.
IVF Transfer Support
This treatment follows the acupuncture protocol used in the Danish study, with the addition of ear acupressure. Acupuncture is performed just prior to and after embryo transfer to promote relaxation and the body’s acceptance of the procedure.
Time: 50 min. (divided into two, 25 min treatments)
 Westergaard, L., Mao, Q., Krogslund, M., Sandrini, S., Lenz, S., & Grinsted, J. (2006). Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial. Fertility & Sterility, 85 (5), 1341–1346. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2005.08.070