throughout the body at acu-points that correspond to the patient's needs. The needles are left in place 15 to 30 minutes. Nothing is injected into the patients body. The acupuncturist may twist or rotate the needles to boost the treatment with other forms of stimulation, such as finger pressure, heat, lasers, ultrasound, herbs, electrical stimulation machines or utilize the wavelengths of different lights.
Patients generally feel very little to no pain, and there is usually no bleeding. During the treatment, most patients experience deep relaxation and a sense of well-being. Many fall into a deep sleep during treatment.
How does Acupuncture Work for Infertility?
Acupuncture for infertility is complex as the diagnosed condition often involves multiple organ systems. Therefore, acupuncture points must be carefully chosen to collectively address the imbalances of energy flow in each of these organ systems.
Generally speaking, there are a set of acu-points which relate to the reproductive system as a whole. In addition, there are a number of points that are known to be effective for infertility and the tonification of specific organ systems.
Based on each patient's diagnosis, a group of points are carefully chosen to address the patient's individual needs. The condition falls away as the underlying problem, imbalanced Chi energy flow, is corrected. The infertility acupuncture points chosen may therefore need to vary by patient and by visit, in order to achieve the optimal effect at any one time.
Modern Western Diagnoses Treated with Acupuncture:
Advanced Maternal Age
Elevated FSH Level
Luteal Phase Defect
Male Factor Infertility
Appointments may be scheduled through the office at (513) 326-4300
In China, infertility rates are 3%.
In America, infertility rates are 15%.
The only difference: acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are utilized early in the fertility treatment.
Dr. Chin offers Acupuncture treatment as an integrative approach to fertility.
"We've found Acupuncture increases fertility rates, so that has been a new focus of my practice (rather than high-tech in vitro fertilization)."
"One of the reasons patients are comfortable with pursuing this alternative approach is their trust in me as their fertility physician. I work closely with my patients, therefore am acutely aware of their individual needs. Their trust has allowed us to more freely explore this alternative therapy." -Dr. NeeOo W. Chin
Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of traditional medicine, dating back at least 2,500 years to ancient China. Acupuncture is based on the premise that optimal heallth requires a balanced flow of Qi (pronounced "chee," somtimes spelled "chi"), a vital life energy that flows through that body along major energy pathways called meridians. Illness results when the flow is restricted. Causes of imbalance include stress, injury, poor diet, and emotional trauma.
Acupuncturists restore harmony and correct health problems by inserting needles at "acu-points" along the meridians, which regulate energy flow. There are over 1,200 acu-points in the body, each corresponding to a particular organ and its function.
The acupuncturist inserts sterile, hair-thin, stainless steel needles