Acupuncture for Fertility: Does It Really Work?

Health and Natural Healing Tips / Acupuncture  / Acupuncture for Fertility: Does It Really Work?

Acupuncture for Fertility: Does It Really Work?

Acupuncture is best known worldwide for treatment of pain, but over the past few decades, this surprisingly painless and relaxing experience of needle placement into acupuncture points has become well-known for increasing virility and fertility. Acupuncture is an age-old method to promote healthy pre- and post-natal care. However, its popularity in America to enhance fertility was not spurred until 2001 when a German study reported a significant increase in pregnancies when provided along with In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Since this time, numerous studies show supporting evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of fertility issues.

Ways Acupuncture Benefits Alzheimer Disease Patients

Acupuncture Treatment

An acupuncture treatment typically lasts 20-30 minutes and is received at least once a week to balance the flow of energy within the 14 main meridian pathways of the body. Through adjustment of the body’s energetic system, acupuncture promotes conception by increasing Qi and blood flow, balancing hormone production, and calming the mind.

To provide the greatest outcome possible, it’s best for both parents to receive acupuncture. This is especially important during the months leading up to conception for reinforcement of mind/body connection to balance the internal forces of Yin and Yang. This increases the ability to procreate by forging a dynamic commitment, both physically and energetically – in many instances, bringing hope where there was none.


Acupuncture and Female Fertility: How It Works

According to Chinese Medicine, fertility enhancement for women involves reinforcement of the Kidney meridian to strengthen Jing, a vital essence that declines with age. Treatment also includes balancing the Liver meridian to generate a smooth flow of Qi and blood, spleen meridian to resolve dampness and build Blood, and Heart meridian to induce inner calm. Whole body relaxation and sense of well-being gained through acupuncture help alleviate stress. This is essential as exorbitant stress levels shut down Qi flow to negatively influence hormonal balance – acupuncture opens this flow to rebalance endocrine function, such as the thyroid which directly impacts fertility.

Acupuncture and Male Fertility: How It Works

Acupuncture to increase male potential primarily involves building both the Yin and Yang energetics of the Kidney to increase sperm count, motility and morphology. If a man exhibits a preponderance of coldness then Blood building is also helpful.

Increasing Blood flow is also indicated for the woman, especially those who complain of always being cold. It is traditionally believed that excessive cold “invades the uterus” thereby inhibiting conception. Blood building not only helps to resolve cold but facilitates a thick, rich lining of the endometrium to increase the likelihood for implantation of the fertilized egg. Once implantation is successful, acupuncture continues to support the developing fetus as it is nourished for nine months within the fertile environment of its mother’s womb.


The healing art of acupuncture relaxes both men and women during the entire nine months of pregnancy to increase energy, maximize sleep, minimize over-thinking and worry, and address other symptoms that might arise. Acupuncture is also effective to turn breech babies or to stimulate the onset of labor once a due date has passed. This ancient treatment for strengthening the physical body and promoting energy balance is also applied especially to Mom after delivery and for baby as he or she grows.

Shoshanna Katzman

Shoshanna Katzman, M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac & CH I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide you with an array of articles written from the perspective of a Chinese medicine practitioner with the specialties of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and the exercise systems of tai chi and qigong. My training began 45 years ago when I became a serious student of tai chi and kung fu in the Panhandle of San Francisco. Since that time I have availed myself of intensive study in the fields of Chinese medicine as well as energy medicine. I also have a master’s degree in sports medicine, which lends a more scientific basis for my work. My vision is to reach and help as many people revitalize and restore balanced flow of qi throughout their body, mind and spirit. This is achieved through integrating the healing modalities of Chinese medicine into their life.



Get the Herbal Guide newsletter for fitness, nutrition tips, health news, remedies, and more.

Health and Natural Healing Tips