A number of recent studies focus on how reproductive acupuncture helps fertility and improves IVF success rates. Here is a summary of most important discoveries.

Acupuncture perfects the uterine lining

It improves the chances of triple-line pattern uterine lining. This kind of lining is much preferred when you’re trying to conceive, as it gives you a higher chance of successful pregnancy.

Improves blood supply

Acupuncture improves blood supply to the uterine lining. Previously we already had studies showing improved blood flow to uterus and ovaries. This study has shown that even uterine vasularisation has improved following 3 months of treatment. Uterine blood flow is essential for conception.

Increases uterine receptivity

This time-tested therapy also improves uterine receptivity. A protein HOXA10 has been measured in uterine lining. HOXA10 has an important function in regulating endometrial development during the menstrual cycle and in establishing conditions necessary for implantation of embryo. Hoxa10 expression is lower in women with Endometriosis, PCOS and hydorsalpinx.

Regulates sugar levels

It helps to regulate sugar levels. The glucose levels are especially important to both PCOS and diabetic patients.

Optimises ovarian volume and AMH

Acupuncture benefits PCOS patients by normalising ovarian volume and AMH.

How much acupuncture does one need to have to improve fertility? One session can already make a difference, but to see measurable improvements to your fertility, you need to commit to at least 18 sessions or three months of treatment.

Contact Dr Vitalis to discuss your situation or learn more about reproductive and IVF acupuncture.


Medical researcher Dr Shaun Holt used to belong to New Zealand skeptic society, an organisation known for being critical of acupuncture. Dr Holt reviewed a lot of research on natural medicine and as a result has changed his opinion about some of the natural medicines. Yesterday he appeared on TV endorsing acupuncture as very safe and effective treatment for back pain, headaches and improving success rate of IVF (in vitro fertilisation). Watch the report on TVNZ.

[Comment: this is an older post pulled from archives]


Among the good strategies of dealing with stress of infertility and IVF (apart from acupuncture, of course!) is getting more information about your condition and what you can do.

Another one is reading stories of people who have been in your situation. I can recommend you a couple of good books.

One, The Infertility Cure, is on acupuncture and infertility, but it also gives you a good roundup of diet and other things you can do yourself.
Another one recommended by one of my patients, is Legs Up and Laughing. In this book Vanessa Bates takes you on her “Big Great Fertility Ride”. This one is for you AND your partner.

Do you have a suggestion? Let us know in the comments.

Complimentary medicines and therapies are widely used by patients with infertility says study published in current issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Health care practitioners and fertility specialists need to be proactive in acquiring and documenting the use of these practices. There is a need to provide further information to patients on the use of complimentary medicines and therapies.

Summer is best time for fertility treatment

Women who undergo fertility treatment during the summer are twice as likely to become pregnant as when they try in winter, British researchers have found.

Longer daylight hours appear to improve the chances of successful treatment, according to the study.

The research was presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

Acupuncture: A Cure for Infertility?
Monday, April 25, 2005
By Catherine Donaldson-Evans

NEW YORK — At 36, Lucy Appert has suffered through two miscarriages, a stillbirth at 8 1/2 months and, because of a rare pregnancy-related liver dysfunction, intensive illness and surgery.

Yet after enduring five painful years of trying to have their own baby, Appert and her husband Edward finally saw their dream come true last month when their son Henry was born — premature, but healthy.

For all the fertility treatments, technologies and prenatal care available to women today, Appert credits the success of her pregnancy to an ancient Chinese secret.

“I recommend acupuncture (search) to everyone,” Appert said. “It does work. I did everything possible for years to have a baby. I almost lost hope.” Read more

Japanese doctors use Chinese herbal medicine to treat infertility

Dr. Takahisa Ushiroyama and colleagues at Osaka Medical College in Japan conducted a trial of treating polycystic ovary syndrome and non-polycystic ovary syndrome with herbal medicine. The medicine is Unkei-to (Chinese name Wen-Jing-Tang), which combines 12 herbal drugs, including ginseng, cinnamon bark, angelica root, evodia fruit and ginger stem. One hundred women participated in the experiment. Fifty-two of these women were given a daily dosage of 7.5 gram Unkei-to while the other women remained untreated. The study shows that more than half of the women treated with Unkei-to saw improvement in their menstrual cycle and successful ovulation. It is further discovered that the treatment can reduce the levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), a symptom characteristic of polycystic ovary syndrome. Still, the mechanism of the treatment remains unclear.

More on PCOS and acupuncture

IVF and acupuncture :: vitalis.co.nz

March 2, 2005

A combination of Chinese medicine and conventional in-vitro fertilisation treatment is showing promising results in helping infertile couples, reports Hester Lacey -The Independent

Read the story here

To read more about fertility and acupuncture on vitalis.co.nz IVF and acupuncture :: vitalis.co.nz