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Mind Body Medicine Therapies for Fertility

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Updated August 31, 2012

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Acupuncture for Fertility as Mind-Body Medicine
Picture of a woman receiving acupuncture treatment.

Woman receiving acupuncture treatment.

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Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncturists believe that "energy" flows along specific meridians on the body, and that by stimulating particular points along these meridians, the energy can be balanced and lead to better health and well-being.

While acupuncture is a form of alternative energy medicine, it is also a mind-body therapy because it induces deep relaxation and emotional release. You do not need to believe in the energy explanation to benefit from acupuncture.

Much research has been done on the connection between fertility and acupuncture, and this may be the most commonly used mind-body therapy of IVF patients. Some studies have found improved pregnancy rates among women who use acupuncture, while other research studies have not.

However, almost all agree that acupuncture reduces stress and helps people relax.

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