Acupuncture For Infertility: Safety And Side Effects
Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. practices acupuncture in Washington D.C., Reston, Virginia, and in Bethesda, Maryland.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, as we have come to know, is a type of traditional Chinese medicine that is used to treat myriads of health challenges. Acupuncture treatment involves the acupuncturist inserting very small needles into specific areas in the body to stimulate blood flow to that region. While this treatment has been used to treat various ailments, it has now been included in infertility treatments, especially for those that value traditional and complementary therapies.
Acupuncture and Fertility
When used for fertility treatments, acupuncture specialists believe that this procedure will:
- Increase blood flow to your reproductive organs
- Cause a balance in your hormones
- Help relieve stress
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture has been declared a safe treatment by the National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health. However, they suggest that the equipment used must be properly sterilized. The United States Food and Drug Administration has classified acupuncture needles as medical devices, to this end, the agency requires that needles are sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use.
For people seeking acupuncture treatment, it’s pertinent that you look for practitioners that are duly licensed. Also, remember that licensing varies from state-to-state.
Side Effects from Acupuncture Treatment
When this treatment procedure is handled by a professional, there are little to no side effects. To be on the safer side, it is always advisable to go for a certified professional who has plenty of experience with this treatment.
If you’re experiencing infertility issues with no luck with other treatment options, consider giving acupuncture a try. But be sure to properly vet your acupuncturist for proper certifications and qualifications. Dr. Durana is certified by the Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and has been practicing since the 1980’s. Contact Seasons in Our Life and set up an appointment today.