For the past 3000 years, acupuncture has been used in China to resolve infertility. It has been clinically proven in double-blind, placebo controlled studies to have a positive effect on both male and female infertility issues. Good candidates for trying acupuncture are people who have a functional, rather than a structural reason for infertility (for example, blocked fallopian tubes are structural). There are no drugs involved and therefore no side-effects are associated with acupuncture therapy. One of the common myths is that acupuncture hurts. The needles are made of solid stainless steel (as opposed to a hollow cylinder like a hypodermic needle), are roughly 4 times the diameter of a human hair, and disposable to avoid any spread of infectious disease. The needle is typically not felt at all, and at worst, the sensation is that of a mosquito bite.

The major difference between allopathic medicine (that practiced in the United States) and Traditional Chinese Medicine is that allopathic medicine uses the diagnosis as the primary input for treatment. EVERY patient with a particular illness undergoes identical treatment. In Chinese Medicine, the treatment is tailored to the individual. Six female patients may all have hormone-related infertility and the treatment protocol will be vastly different for each woman. Since the human body can be seen as a multi-variable equation, the Acupuncturist must look far beyond the typical medical lab results, inquiring about the patient's sleep patterns, diet, and lifestyle. Based on that specific person's symptoms and way of life, a treatment plan can be developed.

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