Acupuncture is increasingly being used in conjunction with Western medicine to support patients with fertility issues. In 2007 and 2008 Naava Carman worked with two of the UK’s leading Consultants in the treatment of infertility, Stuart Lavery and Geoff Trew, to set up the first acupuncture clinic to be integrated into an IVF unit.
There is no clearly established Western medical opinion as to the efficacy of acupuncture in treating fertility issues however there are studies which claim a positive link between acupuncture and assisted reproductive techniques. One such example is a 2008 study published in the British Medical Journal that concluded that, “preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture given with embryo transfer improves rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation [IVF].”
The Fertility Support Company uses acupuncture based on Traditional Chinese Medicine to support patients with fertility problems. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) sees fertility issues as fundamentally being caused by an imbalance in the body’s energy (known as “Qi”). TCM is an holistic system of medicine that links the state of mind of the patient with their physical health and symptoms. A TCM practitioner therefore seeks to diagnose the imbalance of energy in the mind and body that is seen as the cause of a patient’s illness or symptom and use acupuncture and herbal preparations to restore the balance.