It is clear that West-European fertility is falling. Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem claim that sperm counts have dropped by more than half in the past 40 years, and continue to decline at 1.4% per annum. Problem is, nobody knows why. Perhaps the planet Earth is more intelligent than we realize. In recent years, the number of people has been increasing at an ever-increasing pace.
For example, the UK’s population was 38 million in 1900. It was 50 million in 1950. It is now 65 million. At the current rate of progress, it will be 75 million by 2050. This is a 50% increase in just 100 years. Perhaps our planet has decided to reduce the world’s population to make it more sustainable.
No matter what the reason, many couples who are unable to conceive feel terrible. Modern medicine has made it easier to find help for couples who are struggling. We now have IVF, fertility drugs and donor eggs, as well as intrauterine injection (IUI) and fertility drugs.
These treatments can prove to be extremely costly and out of reach for many people. IUI can cost thousands of pounds. It is therefore not surprising that many people seek other options. Some have turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine and fertility acupuncture clinic in London, along with Chinese herbs, in particular.
It is clear that acupuncture can increase fertility rates. A recent study by Tel Aviv University found that Traditional Chinese Medicine, when combined with Western IUI treatment, increased conception rates by almost 40%. Only 39.4% of the IUI recipients were able to conceive in a group that did not receive acupuncture or Chinese herbal treatment. Comparatively, the success rate for the test group was 65.5%.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a long-standing tradition. The earliest days of acupuncture can be traced back to the Stone Age, when sharp edges were used to puncture skin to drain abscesses. The West’s first exposure to acupuncture was in 1971 when James Reston, a New York Times journalist, suffered from appendicitis in China. He had it removed by the standard surgery. He wrote in the paper about his post-operative pain, which was the first time that many Westies had heard of acupuncture. Acupuncture is becoming more popular for many reasons, including infertility.
Stress is a major cause of infertility. It is clear that our lives are more stressful than ever. Stress can stop a woman from ever ovulating and can cause spasms and problems in the uterus or fallopian tubes that can affect an implanted egg. Stress can cause impotence in men and reduce sperm count, motility, as well as impermanence. The brain can release endorphins through acupuncture treatment for infertility.
A hormonal imbalance is the most common reason for infertility among women. This can prevent the release from the ovary of mature eggs. High levels of prolactin, which is the hormone that stimulates breast milk production, can prevent ovulation. A shortage of progesterone can also cause problems. This will prevent the foetus attaching to the uterus.
Medical research and numerous studies have shown that acupuncture can improve fertility by decreasing stress, increasing blood supply to reproductive organs, and balancing the hormone system. There is a greater chance that the egg will be nourished and carried full term if there is increased blood flow to the uterus.
Modern acupuncture involves the insertion of fine stainless-steel disposable needles along specific meridians. This balances the flow of energy or qi along the meridians or pathways to the internal organs. This is believed to restore good health by restoring the flow of qi back to its natural flow.