Research: East Asian Medicine combined with IVF

Approximately 8 million, or 1 in 6 couples, will have difficulty conceiving and may need medical help to identify and treat the possible causes of infertility.  Combining traditional Chinese medicine and a Western treatment results in a significant increase in fertility in women hoping to become pregnant according to study results from Tel Aviv University.

The recent article from Tel Aviv University shows the chances of conceiving and giving birth to a healthy baby increase dramatically when using a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and contemporary Western medicine. “When combining IUI with TCM treatments, 65.5 percent of the test group were able to conceive, compared with 39.4 percent of the control group, who received no herbal or acupuncture therapy.”

This research follows a recent study from Adelaide University where women using Chinese herbal medicine doubled their pregnancy rate, achieving on average, a 60% pregnancy rate over 4 months compared with 30% achieved with standard western drug treatment or IVF over 12 months.”  They found it helps get the body primed and maximizes the potential effects of fertility treatments.

Another new study published in the Medical Journal of Fertility and Sterility, states that acupuncture can increase a women’s chances of conception by up to 50%, while undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

The researchers studied 160 patients undergoing IVF. The patients, who were all required to have good quality embryos, were evenly and randomly divided into two groups, similar in age and diagnosis. When the patients were examined using ultrasound six weeks after their IVF procedure, the differences in pregnancy rates were notable. In the control group, 26% of the women, or 21 out of 80 patients became pregnant. Of the patients receiving acupuncture treatments, 42% or 34 out of 80 became pregnant.


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