Acupuncture is a simple painless medical procedure that involves using small needles to stimulate specific points on the body. Peer-reviewed research on Acupuncture and Infertility confirms that five potential physiological mechanisms have been postulated for its positive effects:

  • Acupuncture may mediate the release of neurotransmitters and stimulate the release of gonadatropin releasing hormone, thereby influencing menstrual cycles, ovulation and fertility.
  • Acupuncture may stimulate blood flow to the Uterus, inhibiting uterine central sympathetic nerve activity.
  • Acupuncture may stimulate the production of endogenous opiods, which may inhibit the central nervous system outflow and the biological stress response.
  • Acupuncture may increase seratonin levels.
  • Acupuncture may beneficially influence cortisol and prolactin levels during the medication phase of IVF treatment with a trend toward more fertile cycle dynamics.
  • Chinese Medicine

    For thousands of years the Chinese depended on their unique system of herbal medicine to keep their population healthy and fertile. We are at an evolutionary point of this healing modality as East meeting West brings scientific confirmation and insights into this ancient empirical medicine. Despite the difficulty bio-medical scientific research has with studying Chinese herbal medicine, early evidence is displaying strong efficacy in its ability to treat many reproductive health disorders.

    Naturopathic Medicine

    There is a lot that can be done to support both male and female reproductive health through naturopathic medicine. Dr. Shilo starts by gathering information about your current health status. She is interested in all aspects of your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and sexual health as these may all play a role in affecting your chances of conceiving. Dr. Shilo may use tests to help assess your health status, which may include blood, urine, and salivary testing, as well as personality assessments and more. These help her gain a better understanding of your physiology and any possible underlying dysfunction or imbalance. Dr. Shilo particularly looks at things like hormones and neurotransmitters when assessing your overall health, as these are responsible for controlling virtually all other processes in the body.

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