Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat and prevent illnesses. It is believed to work by stimulating "pathways" that carry energy flow throughout your body. Sometimes these pathways can become blocked or stagnant due to an illness or a damaged or improperly functioning immune system.
Long, thin needles are inserted into specific areas along the pathways. By stimulating these pressure points, balance is restored and a natural healing process can begin.
What's really interesting is, the physiologic mechanism by which acupuncture seems to affect the uterus and reproductive system hasn't really been identified, yet the researchers found that as a practical matter, it seems to work.
Of course, some in the medical community dismiss the idea of acupuncture as a remedy for anything because there is no scientific evidence of "pathways" that conduct energy throughout the body. When it comes to mainstream medicine, treatments that aren't exactly understood scientifically, are often dismissed. But because of the obvious success rates in these studies, acupuncture is steadily growing in acceptance, and is now often recommended by fertility specialists for their patients.
And just think, if it helps women who are undergoing IVF (who generally have more significant fertility issues), imagine the possibilities for those of you who just need a little helpful boost.
A mixture of Chinese herbs is sometimes used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. These herbs are touted by Chinese medicine to improve fertility in men and women.
If you decide to try the acupuncture route to pregnancy, first determine what is required of acupuncturists in your state. Seek out a fully trained and licensed practitioner, preferably someone who specializes in acupuncture to improve fertility, gather as much information as you can. You may also want to take into consideration that many insurance companies don't cover acupuncture treatments, although it's becoming increasingly popular to include in medical insurance plans.
Acupuncture may seem a little scary at first - needles being poked into your body - but a good acupuncturist will insert them so that you'll never know it's happening. Not only that, it can be an extremely relaxing experience.