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SouthPark Acupuncture
4525 Cameron Valley Parkway
Suite 2500
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: 704-512-6293
Fax: 704-512-6296

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Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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While there are many causes of female fertility disorders, acupuncture is proven to be exceptionally beneficial for women who are having difficulty conceiving. The acupuncture treatments work best when used as a complementary therapy to modern fertility treatments.

Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin needles into specific points throughout the body that help balance the body's natural energy and can help treat a wide variety of conditions. When considering acupuncture for fertility improvement, it is helpful to know that acupuncture can help stabilize hormone levels, increase blood flow to reproductive organs, regulate and improve ovulation, increase the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (involved in regulating reproduction), normalize the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis and reduce stress. Acupuncture is also beneficial to women affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as it helps regulate menstrual cycles and improves hormone balance. [1]

Acupuncture is a safe, non-toxic and economical treatment for fertility disorders and, when combined with IVF/IUI, yields a greater success rate of conception. If undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI), it is recommended that you undergo acupuncture treatment also to increase the odds of successful conception.[2] A study carried out by the University of Maryland School Of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine and the University of Amsterdam, Holland and later published in the British Medical Journal, showed that acupuncture can increase chances of conception by as much as 65 percent.  

Traditional Chinese medicine treatments for infertility may include acupuncture, Tui Na (acupressure), and the prescribing of Chinese herbals. The treatments are usually once or twice a week for a total of six to 10 treatments. After each treatment, patients report a great reduction in anxiety and an overall calmness.  

[1] University of Virginia Health System

[2] Fertility and Sterility Medical Journal, April 2002

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