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Our Fertility Protocols

Most of our protocols are based on individual patient presentation and constitution type. However, research has shown excellent improvement in IVF outcomes following the protocols below. Although beneficial to all fertility patients, we highly recommend using these protocols for patients undergoing ART.

Reduction of Blood Flow Impedance in the Uterine Arteries of Infertile Women with Electro-Acupuncture.


Significant decrease in blood flow impedance

Significant increase in STFH

Benefits of the selected acupuncture points

Inhibit sympathetic nervous system outflow

Increase blood flow to uterus and ovaries

Increase endometrial thickness

Balance hormones

Regulate menses

Relax sinews

Directly impacts nerves that innervate uterus

Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Andersson SA, Wikland M. Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Hum Reprod 1996;11(6):1314-7.

Influence of Acupuncture on the Pregnancy Rates in Patients Who Undergo Assisted Reproduction Therapy.


Significant increase in pregnancy rates, 42.5% vs. 26.3%

Benefits of the selected acupuncture points

Increase blood flow to the uterus

Endocrine system regulation

Implantation support

Decrease inflammation of all gynecological organs

Decrease cramping

Decrease abdominal pain and distention

Open and relax the cervix

Calm the mind & decrease anxiety

Paulus WE, Zhang M, Strehler E, El-Danasouri I, Sterzik K. Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rates in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy. Fertility & Sterility 2002;77(4):721-4.

Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilization: Does the Number of Treatments Impact Reproductive Outcomes?

Results Summary

A minimum of 8 treatments needed for optimal results

Significant increase in pregnancy rates, 61.1% vs. 37.4%

Significant decrease in ectopic pregnancies

Cridennda DK, Magarelli PC, Cohen M. Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilization: Does the number of acupuncture treatments impact reproductive outcomes? Integrating Acupuncture and IVF Seminar. May 18, 2007. Vancouver, BC.

Research Articles: Acupuncture and Infertility

Below are additional articles that you may be interested in reading.

Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Female Fertility

Raymond Chang, M.D.,, The Institute of East-West Medicine, The Department of Internal Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Effects of Acupuncture on Rates of Pregnancy and Live Birth Among Women Undergoing in Vitro Fertilisation:Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Eric Manheimer, Grant Zhang, Laurence Udoff, Aviad Haramati, Patricia Langenberg, Brian M Berman, and Lex M Bouter

Substitution of Acupuncture for HCG in Ovulation Induction

Cai Xuefen, Obstetrical & Gynecological Hospital, Zhejiang Medical University, Zhejiang Province

Acupuncture in IVF Linked to Lower Miscarriage and Ectopic Rates

OB/Gyn News, Copyright © 2005 by International Medical News Group, an Elsevier company.

Acupuncture & IVF Poor Responders: A Cure?

P.C. Magarelli, D.K. Cridennda. Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center, Colorado Springs, CO.

Acupuncture:Impact on Pregnancy Outcomes in IVF Patients

Paul C. Magarelli, M.D., Ph.D.. et. al., Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Center, Colorado Springs

Treatment of Immunological Infertility with Chinese Medicinal Herbs of Ziyin Jianghuo

Li DJ, Li CJ, Zhu Y., Dept. of Reproductive Immunology, Shanghai Medical University.

Acupuncture in Labor Management

Allais, G., et al., Minerva ginecologica 55(6): 503-10.

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