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      FERTILITY ENHANCEMENT        for Women & Men

HOW ASIAN MEDICINE CAN HELP

Asian medicine can be helpful in enhancing the possibility of pregnancy, in supporting a pregnancy, and in supporting the health of new parents.

 Asian medicine can be used before beginning western medical treatment, or can be used along with western medical treatment for infertility. Some women find they can become pregnant without the use of medications and procedures by balancing and nourishing their bodies through acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. For others, the combination of western and eastern medical care is the answer.

Acupuncture works by diagnosing and treating a person’s individual imbalances based on the ancient system of energy flow through the body’s pathways.

There are 12 major pathways and 8 extra meridians that may be treated to achieve a healthy energetic balance.


An acupuncture practitioner will take your pulse, check your tongue, and palpate your abdomen to diagnose the energy flow in your body. They will determine where energy is flowing freely, where it is stagnant or blocked, and where it is lacking.

Acupuncture will help to resolve the imbalances, blockages, and deficiencies that are found.  This may increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, regulate reproductive hormones and decrease stress and anxiety that may effect fertility.

The World Health Organization (WHO), the health branch of the United Nations, lists more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture is effective and infertility is one of them.

A study published April 2002 medical journal Fertility and Sterility found that acupuncture increases chance of pregnancy for significant number of women undergoing IVF

42% of women receiving acupuncture were pregnant compared to 26% of women not receiving acupuncture
Other studies show acupuncture to be helpful in increasing sperm count and motility

Acupuncture can also be used to treat many of the underlying causes of infertility such as endometriosis,  polycystic ovarian syndrome, irregular menstruation and stress.

  Chinese herbal medicine works by introducing substances that will both nourish and clear the body, depending on individual need. Herbal formulas are customized for each client, and changed frequently according to the body’s changing needs.  Pathways provides an on site herbal pharmacy and licensed herbalist to provide individual consultations and prescriptions.  Herbal medicine is not recommended for people receiving surgical or IVF procedures. 

Shiatsu, or acupressure, can also assist in energy balance and pain relief. We offer the option of chair shiatsu for those who would prefer not to lie on a table.

Clients may choose to use only one type of treatment, or to use any combination of acupuncture, herbs, and shiatsu. Your practitioner will assist you in your decision.

Once pregnant, Asian medicine can help support a healthy pregnancy by keeping energy pathways flowing freely, combating fatigue and morning sickness, and helping to relieve aches and pains.

And once your new baby arrives, all parents can benefit from the relaxation and energy boosts provided by acupuncture, yoga, shiatsu, and Chinese herbs, which can also address chronic or acute problems you would like to work on.

No medical system can guarantee that you will become pregnant, but Asian medicine has been helping people for centuries, and has recently been recognized by fertility specialists in the west for its benefits.


 Read about our work in the Boston Herald

 Fertility Enhancement

Acupuncture can help improve blood flow to reproductive organs, regulate hormones, decrease stress and anxiety and increase sperm concentrations and mobility.

Acupuncture is restful and rejuvenating. It can help people sleep better and improve their energy. Sometimes being tired and run down gets in the way of becoming pregnant.

Treatments for fertility will not address other symptoms. For a comprehensive treatment that will address your general health, we recommend you schedule a full acupuncture appointment.

Day, evening and weekend appointments available.

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