In vitro fertilization (IVF)

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process by which an egg is fertilised by sperm outside the body; it is a major treatment for infertility. The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman's ovulatory process, removing ovum or ova (egg or eggs) from the woman's ovaries and letting sperm fertilize them in a fluid medium in a laboratory. The fertilized egg (zygote) cultured for 2-6 days in a growth medium and is then transferred to the patient's uterus with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy. A baby conceived through in vitro fertilisation is called a test tube baby.

Success rate of IVF

According to the statistics the data manifestation of the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of US, the success rate of IVF in US is 35%, the probability of ectopic pregnancy is about 5%, and the rate of abortion is around 20-25%.

cause of failure of IVF

Embryo Quality: Some embryos have genetic or chromosomal abnormalities that can make them too weak to work for IVF. Still other embryos don’t have enough cells to survive and are less likely to fertilize. These can eventually lead to IVF failure.
Ovarian Response: Sometimes a woman’s ovaries just do not respond properly to the IVF medications that try to get the ovaries to produce multiple eggs.
Implantation Issues Most of the time when implantation issues occur, it is simply because the embryo stops growing and through no fault of anyone. If there are polyps or cysts on the ovaries, this can also be a contributing factor to implantation issues.

Acupuncture -- Complementary treatment to IVF

According to the “Fertility and Sterility” magazine, acupuncture helps relieve physical and emotional stresses, stimulates ovulation.

According to published studies, the rate of abortion in the IVF period decreased from 20% to 8% thanks to the assistant treatment of acupuncture. Acupuncture helps improve people’s immunity functions, this helps treat unexplained habitual abortion (UHA). Acupuncture increases volume of running blood in the reproductive organs, supply more nutrition to the reproductive organs and improves quantity and quality of eggs.

Period of treatment

In the Pre-IVF phase, weekly acupuncture is recommended for at least three months to alleviate the side effects of medical treatments, this helps increase the response to hormonal stimulation and improve the patient’s reproductive organs and overall health.

During the IVF period, weekly acupuncture plus pre and post transfer acupuncture is recommended. This will relax uterus and increase volume of running blood in the reproductive organs, relieves physical and emotional stresses and calm the uterus to facilitate implantation.

In the Post-IVF phase, weekly acupuncture for up to three months is recommended for pregnant patients to reduce their risk of abortion.

Observed Benefits

  • Increases volume of running blood in the reproductive organs.
  • Supplies more nutrition to the reproductive organs.
  • Improves quantity and quality of eggs.
  • It relieves physical and emotional stresses.
  • It has virtually no short-term or long-term side effects.

Acupuncture for Irregular Menstruation

Early Menstruation

Signs & symptom: red face, hot body, dry mouth, irritability, easily angered, headache, dizziness.
Tongue: red, yellow coat.
Hot Blood-- related to emotions or diet, internally generated heat injuries the Blood leading to early a/or heavy periods.
Qi Deficiency-- qi holds the Blood in place, weakness can lead to early periods.
Congealed Blood-- obstructs the Uterus so the Blood cannot move freely, can lead to early or heavy periods.
Acupuncture Points:
CV4 -- effect Qi in the lower abdomen.
SP6 (Three Yin Intersection) -- regulate the Uterus and cool the Blood.
SP10 (Sea of Blood) -- move the Blood, uterine bleeding.
Patients with qi deficiency may need plus moxibustion or needle warming moxibustion.

Late Menstruation

Signs & symptom:sallow complexion, dry skin, palpitations, insomnia, pale blood and scanty menstruation.
Blood Deficiency-- haemorrhage, loss of blood, emotional involvement(over thinking, excessive worry), can lead to late periods.
Cold & Deficient-- too much cold damaging the Yang in the lower warmer, can lead to late periods.
Qi Constraint-- emotional involvement (anger, depression), smooth flow of Blood and Qi effected leading to late periods.
Treatment Principle:Tonify the blood, align and relax qi, equilibrium Yin and Yang.

Chaotic Menstruation

Causes:excessive sexual activity, women with multiple child births, strong emotional involvement leading to chaotic menstruation.
Acupuncture Points:
CV4 -- effect Qi in the lower abdomen.
SP6 (Three Yin Intersection) -- regulate the Uterus and cool the Blood.
ST29 -- can promote blood circulation, help to start a period.

Period of treatment

The acupuncture treatment begins 5 to 7 days before your period; normally three to five months are required until the patient has regular menstrual cycles.

Acupuncture for Menstrual Migraines

More than half of women who get migraines notice a link with their periods. It always goes with dizzy, palpitate, fatigued and other symptoms. These so-called menstrual migraines tend to be particularly severe.
Migraine is most likely to develop in either the two days leading up to a period, or the first three days during a period.


According to resent medical research, the migraines is caused because of the natural drop in oestrogen levels, which is fluctuated according to the change of menstrual cycle.


Activating blood and dissolving stasis, promoting qi circulation to relieve pain.
Acupuncture points: GV20, GB 20, Great Sun, LI4, SP10, SP 6. Patients suffer from severe blood stasis may be given acupuncture treatment with point BL17.

Period of treatment

Typical treatments last for 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one time per day. Ten times of treatment is a period. The acupuncture treatment may also begins three days before your period.

Acupuncture for Menopause

Menopause & perimenopause

Menopause is an event that typically occurs in women in midlife, during their 45 to 55, and it signals the permanent cessation of the primary functions of the ovaries and the end of the fertile phase of a woman's life.
Symptoms vary from mild to severe, and are brought on as our bodies try to adapt to decreasing amounts of estrogen.

Menopause symptoms

“Hot flashes” is a sudden temporary increase in body temperature, frequent flushes at night can disrupt sleep. Other symptoms include dizzy, palpitation, difficulty sleeping, forgetful, chaotic menstruation, mood swings.


Acupuncture helps curb flushes by stabilizing the body's temperature controls. According to statistical research, patients who receive acupuncture treatment had lower scores for the intensity of the menopausal hot flushes (MHF) and mood swings they experienced. Estrogen levels also rose, while luteinising hormone (LH) levels fell. Low levels of estrogen and high LH and FSH levels are characteristics of the menopause.

Period of treatment

The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. The mental and emotional symptoms that you are experiencing will help create a clear picture on which your practitioners can create a treatment plan specifically for you.

Typical treatments last to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times a week. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.