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What is Alternative and Complementary Medicine?

If you have already begun your fertility journey, you may be curious if there are extra ways to boost your health after a procedure. Complementary medicine includes alternative fertility treatments that can be used in addition to traditional treatments. Integrative medicine combines complementary and conventional treatments. 

Complementary Medicine Offered by Dr. Ghadir

Our specialists support the use of complementary medicine, when we see it could be beneficial. This includes meditation, acupuncture, herbs, or psychotherapy. Within our facility, we have acupuncturists and nutritionists at your disposal. We have found that in many cases, complementary medicine greatly improves fertility treatments.

How Might Complementary Medicine Help Fertility?

Alternative and complementary medicine helps to boost physical and mental health, which in turn positively enhances fertility treatments. Within our facility, you will have access to nutritionists, acupuncturists, and counselors, who will work to enhance your well-being, in addition to your fertility.

How Do I Find out More About Complementary Medicine and Fertility?

Click below or call to schedule a consultation with one of our fertility consultants. Your fertility specialist will be more than happy to fully explain the benefits of using complementary medicine, in combination with fertility treatments.


Studies Support Acupuncture as an Effective Infertility Treatment

Acupuncture has been utilized for over 3,500 years in Chinese medicine. Today, studies in the U.S. and Europe have shown that acupuncture can assist in fertility when combined with Western treatments. These studies have proven that acupuncture increases the blood flow to the uterus and helps to release endorphins, which carry a critical role in balance and well-being.

Acupuncture Increases Uterine Blood Supply - Experimental Evidence

Through monitoring blood flow, researchers have shown that applying acupuncture to specific points does in fact increase blood supply to the uterus. This is crucial as increased blood supply can trigger thickening of the endometrial lining of the uterus. The endometrial lining of the uterus receives and nourishes the fertilized egg, a critical first step to establishing a successful pregnancy. 

Acupuncture Therapy for Fertility Nearly Doubles Pregnancy Rates

A study performed in Germany showed that acupuncture therapy for fertility was proven to nearly double the clinical pregnancy rates for fertility patients undergoing IVF treatment. During that study, without acupuncture, the baseline pregnancy rate was below that of U.S. fertility centers. The dramatic increase in the pregnancy rates highly suggests that acupuncture has a strong effect on fertility when used to complement IVF treatment. 

Acupuncture May Help Male Infertility Too

Additional scientific studies suggest that acupuncture could also increase low sperm counts, meaning that acupuncture could play a positive role in male infertility treatment. 

Family Acupuncture Therapy at Dr. Ghadir’s fertility center

An acupuncturist can be a helpful addition to the services provided by your fertility team. Acupuncture fertility treatments are another good example of the integrative techniques used by Dr. Ghadir. We combine complementary and alternative medical and surgical fertility treatments to best suit you. We have an in-house acupuncturist, Dr. Jenn Shulman, who is available to all of our clients. You are also welcome to use your own acupuncturist, if you prefer.

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