A woman’s ability to conceive relies on a well-functioning endocrine system that naturally regulates a delicate balance of hormones within the body. With so many industrial toxins and endocrine disrupting chemicals warring against her natural chemistry inside, hormone levels can be disrupted, suppressed, or artificially increased, sending conflicting messages and changing how the glands function altogether.

Exposure to pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and industrial pollutants is a major risk factor harming her fertility because these elements interfere with hormone balance. In conjunction with these external chemical factors, are emotional stressors. The more upset a woman experiences to conceive with little results, the more emotions are strained.

Women who are looking to conceive should consider acupuncture treatments. Researchers are discovering powerful ways to “jumpstart” the meridians on a woman’s body to accelerate the process of conception by naturally balancing hormones. Acupuncture techniques can be applied more effectively than drugs to boost fertility with no negative results or side effects (or surprise quadruplets!)

An investigation led by Dr. Zhiguang Hu in China finds that acupuncture techniques can increase a woman’s chances of pregnancy by 43.3 percent. In the study, acupuncture was twice more effective than pharmaceutical treatments. The women benefited the most when given a 30 minute acupuncture session each day during their menstrual cycle.

The researchers noted that acupuncture had a “significant advantage” over the pharmaceutical method because the drugs had a “high adverse effect rate”. At least 63 percent of women using the fertility drugs experienced problematic side effects. There were no problems with acupuncture, and the healing art proved to be twice as effective for normalizing hormone levels, helping women ovulate. Dr. Zhiguang Hu said, “One important mechanism responsible for the fertility treatment success with acupuncture is hormonal regulation.”

In fact, within two weeks acupuncture helped normalize the body’s prolactin levels.¬† Prolactin is a hormone that regulates metabolism, the immune system and pancreatic development, but it is also responsible for mating, nursing, estrogen production, and the all-important function of ovulation.

Dr. Hu concludes, “Overall there is wealth of information indicating that acupuncture is successful in promoting reproductive health. Pregnancy rates increase accompanied by measurable improvements in hormonal regulation.”