Our fertility acupuncture clinic on the Gold Coast may be able to help provide you with a natural alternative assisting you through your fertility, pregnancy or IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) journey.
At Vyne Health we offer fertility acupuncture treatments that are designed to suit each individual throughout all stages of pregnancy, fertility or other gynaecological conditions.
A body of evidence is presented on the topic of acupuncture administered for IVF and ICSI that indicates acupuncture has a significant treatment effect on clinical pregnancy and birth rate when conducted at varied time points. There is a pressing need for further research into the effectiveness of acupuncture for improving IVF outcomes. Such research needs to examine acupuncture treatment within a context that more closely resembles real world clinical practice. Given that many women undergoing IVF are utilising acupuncture and deriving benefits in addition to improving IVF outcomes (10) current research does not adequately inform patients or clinicians. Possible mechanisms by which acupuncture may treat gynaecological conditions requires further exploration, and may well represent general mechanisms by which acupuncture modulates physiology and treats a broad spectrum of pathology.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be used to help support other fertility treatments. Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF technologies. There is continuing research about the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult with your practitioner about how acupuncture or Chinese Medicine may be able to help you before commencing.
Research on current evidence surrounding IVF and Fertility Acupuncture
More than 40 clinical trials investigating the impact of acupuncture on IVF outcomes have been undertaken since 1999, and nine systematic reviews have been published in an attempt to make general conclusions from the data (20). From these clinical trials, the evidence is still unclear about whether a women should have acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for IVF (19, 20). The simple reasons why evidence is inconclusive relate to issues like the heterogeneity of the studies with regard to hypotheses, subject populations, study protocols, acupuncture interventions, controls, and outcome measures. The majority of the systematic reviews did not take these factors into consideration and were not able to demonstrate significant benefits of acupuncture for IVF (14,15,16, 18). However, the systematic reviews that accounted for some of these issues in their statistical analysis methodology have demonstrated a clinically beneficial effect of acupuncture for IVF (17, 20, 21, 22).
Clinically we may see Fertility patients seeking help with the following:
Pregnancy Related Acupuncture:
Clinically we may see pregnancy patients seeking help with the following:
Our practitioners understand the importance of balance. This includes understanding your needs - mentally, emotionally and physically. We do a thorough health screening consultation to learn about your current and past health history in order to deliver result-focused treatments.
Our Acupuncture treatments focus on restoring balance within the body naturally. Whether we are focusing on alleviating your presenting symptoms, we always treat underlying root cause or imbalance that may be contributing to your presenting symptoms. By doing this, our treatments can be more effective at facilitating a healing, regulating and repairing response within your body.
At Vyne Health we use gentle needling techniques that rarely create any pain or discomfort. Our acupuncturists have training in both Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and Kiiko Matsumoto Style Japanese Acupuncture and are Australian registered practitioners with AHPRA and AACMA.
If you have any questions please contact our team, we would love to hear from you.
Our aim is to deliver supportive acupuncture treatments to help you feel as calm and stress-free as possible.
Acupuncture Research for Back Pain and Pelvic During Pregnancy:
Back pain is a common complaint experienced by woman during pregnancy due to the musculoskeletal changes during babies development. Research is ongoing, however results are promising with evidence levels being grade low - moderate in quality. Opposed to back pain in general having potential positive results with moderate to high quality evidence.
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Acupuncture plus SSRIs superior to SSRIs alone, with an early onset of action and was safe and well tolerated; EA had greater effect than manual acupuncture (Chan 2015 – SR of 13 RCTs: 1 high quality trial, 5 moderate, 7 low).
Acupuncture is effective and safe for major depressive disorder, especially in improving sleep, mood and QoL by modulating and normalising the limbic-paralimbic-neocortical network (LPNN), including the default mode network (BMN); findings conclude ‘promising evidence (Bosch 2015 - review of SRs & MAs).
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