Infertility - How Acupuncture Can Help

By: Low Jeremy

A medical problem that has plagued couples from a generation to the succeeding ones. There is too less mystery involved in infertility. Nevertheless, there are still areas that need polishing such as with the case of unexplained infertility.

Infertility is normally diagnosed if a couple is not able to produce a single pregnancy in a span of a year given that they commit sexual intercourse that is unprotected. It may either be that the male participant is infertile or the female. Condition may be permanent and irreversible. However, there are cases when infertility is remedied by means of surgical intervention, medication and natural methods that promote fertility.

If you are wondering why infertility seems to cling into many couples, then let us understand that infertility is a three-part problem. One part being equal to the other two. All shared by the three factors namely, problems with the male participant, the female participant and the third portion is either distribute between the two former factors or unexplained, even by the vast knowledge science holds.

While infertility is mainly focused on medical issues, it is psychologically devastating as well. It forms a struggle between the willingness of the couple to undergo certain procedures to be able to promote fertility. It also creates stress on the relationship. Thus, it may eventually dissolve a good relationship.

These issues aside, we can presume that it is also physically distressing. It is taxing to endure examinations and physical tests on a yearly, monthly and even daily basis. Daily injections may even be required. Medications may cause both subtle and obvious side effects that may alter the normal life of the couple enduring them. Surgery, on the other hand, is often required and sometimes infertile couples have to undergo several procedures without the absolute assurance that those will work.

As these processes continue, the couple's privacy will become very limited to them alone, sometimes even personal privacy is invaded. They have to learn to discard their own emotions for the sake of producing a pregnancy. They have to forget their own feelings of shame and fatigue as they lie on the examining table, have some fluid and give sperms or egg cells for the 8th, 10, 15th and so times. A vacation would do, yes, even for a month. Just to let the couples rest. However, with every day that passes and every procedure failed, the chance of conceiving a child is getting less and less feasible.

It is truly an alternative medicine only for the reason that it is not based on western knowledge. If this is our basis of categorizing what is effective medicine and what is not, it would be a bit unfair for all oriental medical methods that work. Though not all quick fixes are convincing and real, acupuncture may be one of the selected few that really creates satisfying and immediate results.

Not only does acupuncture when used in conjunction with other infertility methods effective, it may also induce relaxation and absence of pain throughout the procedures. The main principle standing in methods used in acupuncture is the release of energy blockages in certain parts of the body. Energy must flow and it must flow well. If there is any clog that will affect its smooth travel to the body, the only option to unleash them is the insertion of needles in specific points where energy is particularly blocked thus the occurrence of certain diseases.

A close look at acupuncture treatment will reveal that each plan for treatment is different from the next. This is because patients posses varying physical problems that must be addressed accordingly. A consensus among practitioners and patients maintains that acupuncture works at its optimum when all other means were already completed but in vain. Acupuncture for infertility is also ideal for couples who would not want taxing themselves financially with more extensive treatments such as those that require a number of physical examinations, tests and even surgeries.

This also works best for patients suffering from specific diseases such as irregular ovulation for women and sperm duct blockage. Acupuncture treatment for infertility may come in three techniques namely manual, electrified and auricular. Electrified method means the use of electric needles to clear the passages of energy. Auricular method, on the other hand, entails the use of pricking the earlobes and the ears so as to clear hormonal disorders especially in women.

While many may claim that acupuncture for infertility is a cure, it would still be safe to say that it is an important part of any treatment conducted to infertile couples.

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