Acupuncture May Improve Blood flow to the Uterus and Ovaries!
Blood flow to the ovaries and uterus is a critical yet assumed factor in fertility. Blood carries essentials hormones and nutrients to bodily organs including the ovarian glands and uterine organ. Therefore, when blood flow to these organs is impeded, the chances of conception, implantation, and live births also reduce. So how can we facilitate improved blood flow to the uterus and ovaries? Studies show that acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine have a positive and significant impact on endometrial blood flow.
How Acupuncture Treatment Works
In a study by Stener-Victorin (1996), the findings showed that women who received acupuncture treatment experienced a reduced blood flow impedance and improved pregnancy rates. This was complemented by another study published in the Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology by Ming H et al. (2009), in which the researchers concluded that acupuncture increased blood flow in the uterine artery. The reason behind these findings is related to the sympatho-inhibitory effect of acupuncture on the uterine artery.
Acupuncture needling on specific body meridians (energy channels) reduces factors behind blood flow blockage, stimulates appropriate body mechanisms to improve blood flow, and consequently increases the quality and thickness of the uterine lining (due to higher blood flow). Endometrial thickness (a thick uterine lining) increases the success rate of implantation and pregnancy. Additionally, experts from the Peking University Third Hospital in Beijing recommend the inclusion of prescribed Chinese herbs in a fertility improvement program (Guo, Wang & Li, 2011).
Since acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine focus on remedying the root of the problem, it is important to first identify the source of the impeded blood flow. It may include factors such as aging, stress, or even a medical condition. Acupuncture, therefore, utilizes a holistic approach in which your practitioner will likely ask you questions about any underlying condition and your medical history so as to identify the imbalance in your body.
As much as acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine have proven to be effective treatments for an improved uterine and ovarian blood flow, experts at Centre of Balance Hamilton recommend a few additional lifestyle habits that will improve the outcome. They include:
- Exercise– Whereas basic exercise increases the overall blood flow in the body, some specialized techniques such as Yoga encourage blood flow towards specific directions. For example, a posture known as Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, in which you lie on your back with your hips raised, is known to direct blood to the reproductive organs. Moreover, exercise helps a patient maintain an acceptable BMI and stimulates the release of endorphins.
- Diet– A healthy diet comprising of fluids, good oils, plant based proteins, and green leafy vegetables supports hormone metabolism and improves blood circulation. It is also important to avoid foodstuff and drinks that may facilitate decreased blood flow such as a high intake of sugar (causes inflammation), artificial sweeteners, coffee, and alcohol.
In summary, scientific studies and traditional Chinese medicine both agree that acupuncture treatment increases the success rate of implantation and pregnancy by improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. Therefore, take the first step to improved fertility by visiting our offices in Hamilton, New Zealand or contacting us through our various channels.
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Guo, J., Wang, L. N., & Li, D. (2011). Exploring the effects of Chinese medicine in improving uterine endometrial blood flow for increasing the success rate of in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer. Zhong xi yi jie he xue bao= Journal of Chinese integrative medicine, 9(12), 1301-1306.
Ho, M., Huang, L. C., Chang, Y. Y., Chen, H. Y., Chang, W. C., Yang, T. C., & Tsai, H. D. (2009). Electroacupuncture reduces uterine artery blood flow impedance in infertile women. Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 48(2), 148-151.
Stener-Victorin, E., Waldenstrom, U., Andersson, S. A., & Wikland, M. (1996). Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Human Reproduction, 11(6), 1314-1317.