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Acupuncture, I believe, has a very strong part to play in helping with the above and is a special interest of mine, helping both male and female partners with any infertility difficulties or problems.

Working along side western medicine, for example IVF, IUI etc. I work with someone on a physical and emotional level, getting the body ready for conception and pregnancy, helping with the drugs and stresses of assisted fertility, together with improving their awareness. I also treat ladies throughout pregnancy for general well being, supporting the body through the various changes and challenges of pregnancy. Acupuncture can also help with various symptoms associated with pregnancy.

Five Element acupuncture is an holistic form of medicine, and its success can be attributed to the way it works with the body as a whole as well as treating a particular condition.

With fertility issues, as a Five Element acupuncturist, at each treatment I use acupuncture points aimed at improving fertility, these points vary depending where a lady is in her natural cycle or at what point she is with her assisted cycle. In addition I use acupuncture points for a constitutional treatment for general well being and health. The two together are hugely beneficial. Each treatment is very individual. I do not believe that ‘one size fits all’.

From a western view point acupuncture can:

  •  Help improve the function of the ovaries, with the aim of  improving the quality of a women's eggs
  •  Regulate hormones
  •  Relax a patient to decrease their levels of stress
  •  Increase the blood flow to the uterus, helping to thicken the  endometrium, aiding implantation
  •  Decrease the chances of miscarriage
  •  Strengthen the immune system
  •  Lessen the side effects of the drugs used during IVF/assisted  fertility
  •  Help improve the quality of the sperm, increasing the  chances  of natural conception and helping to create better  quality and  quantity embryos

I have a lot of experience with working with a wide variety of clients; ladies, men and couples, from those wanting to conceive naturally, to those wanting support whilst going through assisted conception. Couples who have had several failed assisted attempts have conceived naturally, once starting treatment. Studies have shown that acupuncture has a marked influential benefit for both Natural and Assisted Fertility.

Once pregnant acupuncture can continue to benefit the mother and baby. Regular treatments to balance energy during pregnancy can influence the development of the baby, increase energy levels and help prevent complications.

From a western view point acupuncture can:

  •  Relieve morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum (severe vomiting which threatens to cause dehydration)
  •  Alleviate bleeding, tiredness and headaches
  •  Relieve heartburn, constipation and hemorrhoids
  •  Reduce discomfort from sciatica, backache, pubic and joint pain and even carpal tunnel
  •  Encourage breech babies to turn
  •  Stimulate contractions and bring on overdue labour
  •  Speed up healing after Caesarean section

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