The Benefits of Acupuncture
Fertility specialists report that it is common to meet patients who are overwhelmed by stress and tension. Their inability to start a family, the pressure from their families to have a child, the prospect of complicated or costly treatment in order to achieve their goal are all causes for stress. Some patients were under significant stress before they began trying – perhaps due to their job or finances – and that stress, in fact, may be interfering with their efforts to start a family.
The best fertility doctors will look for signs of stress and together with the patient will create a plan that eliminates or at least reduces the stress the patient is experiencing. If the stress isn’t addressed, it can reduce the chances for successful treatment.
There are many ways to reduce stress and fertility consultants identify acupuncture as a proven method for stress reduction. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, treating anxiety through therapy can take months and using drugs to treat anxiety can expose patients to potentially serious side effects. Acupuncture, however, brings faster results without the side effects of drugs, which makes it a promising solution for fertility patients.
“In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being,” according to the British Acupuncture Council.
It is believed that acupuncture can help reduce the stress associated with infertility, and therefore improve the body’s ability to respond to fertility treatment. “Acupuncture has been around for almost 3,000 years. It’s safe and there are no bad side effects from it,” says Dr. Lisa Lilienfield, a family practice and pain management specialist at the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, VA, USA. “It may not be the only thing that is done in isolation to treat infertility, but it helps get the body primed and maximizes the potential effects of fertility treatments.”
If stress is a concern for couples seeking fertility treatment, they may benefit from acupuncture. A good first step is to ask a fertility specialist, who can incorporate acupuncture into their fertility treatment plan.
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