With the expansion of our Acupuncture department, Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is now offering our patients more chances to discover the numerous real-world health benefits of this ancient practice. We’ve recently introduced a new acupuncturist to our Red Bank, NJ office, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk a bit about one of his specialties—fertility and acupuncture.

For couples trying to conceive (TTC) in Monmouth County, Acupuncture can play a role when it comes to numerous fertility issues. Let’s take a look at a basic overview of some of the reasons this works:

•    Relaxation: We already know that stress and anxiety can cause pain, headaches, sleep disturbances, and other life-altering symptoms. But how does stress affect fertility?

The brain reacts to stress by switching into fight-or-flight mode. Part of this process involves changing the production of neurotransmitters, which, in turn, affects the pituitary gland and the production of hormones. This action, of course, also affects the production of eggs.

Acupuncture works to reduce stress and anxiety by helping the body to regulate and balance all the systems of the body, including those involved in regulating the production of both neurotransmitters and hormones. Acupuncture has actually been proven to decrease heart rate, relax the muscles, and lower blood pressure.

•    Regulated Cycles: When you are a on a more regular cycle, it is much easier to pinpoint exactly when ovulation will occur.

As part of the process of regulating hormone production, eliminating stress, and balancing the body’s systems, women receiving acupuncture generally fall into a more normal menstrual cycle, allowing for a better understanding of when ovulation is occurring for better chances of conception.

•    Circulation: Increasing the likelihood of implantation.

Generally speaking, acupuncture improves circulation; when it comes to fertility, this practices increases blood to the uterus in order to boost the endometrial lining—and create a more hospitable implantation environment.

We know that stress negatively changes blood flow to the uterus as part of the stress response. With less blood flow, uterine contractions may also increase, also leading to a lower chance of implantation.

Understanding Acupuncture

First, let me emphasize the importance of seeking out only the most qualified and certified acupuncturist available. This is a very real treatment option with very real results and should be taken seriously. (Acupuncture in our Red Bank, NJ pain management office is practiced by New Jersey Certified acupuncturists.)

Acupuncture is an ancient practice that involves the gentle insertion of very fine needles on certain points on the body. These particular points are based on thousands of years of experience in China. The insertion of needles is meant to stimulate the movement of energy within the body, which may have become blocked for whatever reason. Energy blockages can lead to general disorder in the body, illness, pain, and reduced quality of life.

Western Medicine and Acupuncture

Most people on this side of the globe are understandably more comfortable with Western medical explanations for how healthcare treatments work. So here it goes: Acupuncture provides a physical stimulus—the insertion of needles—to produce a response in the body. We know from studies using MRI and other imaging techniques that acupuncture produces measurable changes in the brain.

Acupuncture stimulates the points that affect the Central Nervous System, which controls all the functions of the body. By doing so, acupuncture helps with the release of certain chemicals into the body, including chemicals responsible for pain relief. The majority of acupuncture research has concentrated on its painkilling abilities—and rightly so—but this practice also stimulates the release of hormones that influence the autonomous functions of the body (functions that relate to fertility).

Monmouth County Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture is good for the overall health of your body whether you are experiencing difficulty with fertility or not. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to try acupuncture in Red Bank, NJ, or if you’d simply like to speak with one of our certified Acupuncturists, please feel free to contact our Monmouth County NJ pain management and rehabilitation office.