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Did You Know That Acupuncture Really Helps to Promote Pregnancy?

Acupuncture originated in China more than 5,000 years ago. It is based upon the belief that a person’s health is determined by having a balanced flow of “qi”, or vital life energy that circulates throughout the body. When special needles are inserted into acupoints just under the skin, they help correct and rebalance this flow of energy, relieving pain and restoring health.

A new study says that acupuncture could help women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF), to get pregnant. This study, published in the April edition of the Medical Journal of Fertility and Sterility , found that acupuncture, an important element in the 4,000-year-old tradition of Chinese medicine, increases the chance of pregnancy by 50% for women undergoing IVF.

The researchers studied 160 patients undergoing IVF. The patients, who were all required to have good quality embryos, were evenly and randomly divided into two groups, similar in age and diagnosis. When the patients were examined using ultrasound six weeks after their IVF procedure, the differences in pregnancy rates were notable. In the control group, 26% of the women, or 21 out of 80 patients became pregnant. Of the patients receiving acupuncture treatments, 42% or 34 out of 80 became pregnant.