You've heard that your acupuncturist is working on the whole you, but how are they helping specific aspects of your fertility treatment? We'll answer these questions in a series of modules starting with the topic of blood flow to the uterine environment.
For such an important system, the uterus is only supplied by two main arteries, and uterine blood flow is directly related to endometrial receptivity, which is one factor in IVF outcomes. In recent years a growing number of studies have shown that acupuncture can influence pregnancy outcomes by increasing blood supply to the uterus.
The mechanisms by which acupuncture can improve uterine blood flow are by promoting the formation of uterine endometrial blood vessels by modulating expressions of a variety of vessel growth factors, regulating nitric oxide level for inhibition of vascular smooth muscle contraction of the uterus and controlling the expansion of the uterine arteries by inhibiting the sympathetic nerves. Furthermore, when your acupuncturist is working on blood flow, their treatments are based on differentiating patterns that are unique to you and combining that knowledge with your western diagnosis for an even more tailored approach to your success.
The integration of acupuncture and Western medicine has shown to increase their combined effect, often resulting in higher pregnancy rates.
So, get some acupuncture to help you go with the flow. It'll relax you and your uterine arteries!
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