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Acupuncture

Introduction

HSFC offers acupuncture treatments with Feng Zhi Chao, who has extensive experience in both traditional acupuncture and laser needle-less acupuncture.

Her practice of acupuncture is founded on the belief that the secret to a successful life — especially when creating a new one — lies in balancing our bodies so that fertile ground can be created. This may involve removing blocks that make conception difficult.

Think of your body as a garden. Before planting anything, we first clear any debris and prepare the soil, making it rich and fertile so that tiny seeds can implant, receive nourishment and grow. Just as a beautiful garden needs suitable conditions and care, we believe it is important to create similar foundations in our bodies to enable life to develop.

The role of acupuncture

You may already have done extensive research into ways of improving your chances of having a baby. I would like to share my own thoughts with you. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have and welcome your feedback.

First, it is important to understand that there is a difference between basic research and the clinical kind.
Basic research tries to discover how acupuncture works, since this may lead to a greater understanding of a problem or condition and more effective treatment for patients may follow this kind of research.

Clinical research can assess if acupuncture works. The method is to use standardised treatment for every patient, ignoring individual special needs and circumstances. Since the principle underlying all Chinese medicine emphasises treating the body as a whole, with tailored treatment viewed as essential, research based on standardised treatment has drawbacks.

Many apparently irrelevant factors may cause infertility. Stress is a key factor and this can become self-perpetuating when conception repeatedly fails to happen. Medication (e.g. for depression, epilepsy) taken for unrelated purposes can affect fertility; catching a simple cold may even affect ovulation. Used as a holistic therapy, acupuncture can address various health issues at the same time, issues that may be disrupting your body’s natural balance and creating a state of infertility.

So I advise that you treat research data as guidance only, even when it supports the case for acupuncture. The expertise and wide-ranging medical experience of the practitioner you choose, and your confidence in their approach, is vital.

Here are some of the key, widely-available research findings:

  • Acupuncture helps you to get pregnant naturally. Fertility focused acupuncture treatment has been found to help increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, balance hormone levels, regulate the menstrual cycle and help improve the lining of the uterus and the quality of eggs released. It can also improve sperm quality.
  • Acupuncture supports IVF. Using acupuncture at the time of embryo implantation results in a significantly higher pregnancy rate.
  • Acupuncture helps to promote a viable pregnancy. You are 2.6 times more likely to have a successful pregnancy by having acupuncture in the first 12 weeks.
  • Using acupuncture during your pregnancy also helps to treat related issues such as morning sickness, heartburn, blood pressure problems, muscular aches and joint pain control, and helping to avoid your baby being in the breech position when you go into labour.

Please contact us to book acupuncture appointments.