Acupuncture, Supporting Your Fertility

The precise mechanism of how acupuncture works is very difficult to pinpoint. However, research suggests that, in the case of fertility, it benefits the body through the regulation of hormones and increasing blood flow to the reproductive system.

Regulating fertility hormones

Stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA), causing hormonal imbalances that can negatively impact fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to affect hormone levels by promoting the release of beta-endorphin in the brain, which affects the release of a number of hormones.

Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs

Stress also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system,which causes constriction of ovarian arteries. Acupuncture inhibits this sympathetic activity, improving blood flow to the ovaries, enhancing the environment in which ovarian follicles develop. It also increases blood flow to the uterus, improving the thickness of the endometrial lining and increasing the chances of embryo implantation.

Reducing the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility. By reducing sympathetic nerve activity and balancing hormone levels,acupuncture has been shown to reduce the number of ovarian cysts,stimulate ovulation,enhance blastocyst implantation and regulate the menstrual cycle in women with PCOS. It may also help to control secondary effects such as obesity and anorexia.

Jo has had a great deal of success treating fertility issues. You can book and check availability online If you’d like to know more about what acupuncture can treat take a look at our page about commonly treated conditions that affect fertility here.

What People Say About Acupuncture For Fertility With Jo

Jo is Wonder Woman! I’ve been seeing her for 18 months, she has “fixed” so many things for me through Acupuncture and reflexology; thanks to Jo I now have regular cycles, I don’t have to take antihistamines for my hayfever, she has sorted out back aches, colds…the list goes on! It is not only the the physical symptoms she can help but the mental ones too, whenever I’m stressed I feel my worries melt away after one of her sessions. Thank you Jo!

Rachel, Hove

I found Jo when I started IVF and acupuncture was recommended. It was a daunting time but right from our first contact, where Jo moved things around to see me, I knew I was in good hands.

As an older patient, the success rates were slim, however Jo provided confidence, care, balance and stability during a sometimes difficult and emotional journey.

She inspired me to hand myself over to her and her practise, which eventually resulted in a positive pregnancy.

I continued with acupuncture throughout the pregnancy and found it immensely nurturing and effective, especially in the first 12 weeks and the latter 4.

When plans of a home birth were replaced with a stay in the hospital, I called upon Jo and her magic needles. With a western medicine clock ticking in the background, Jo’s session miraculously induced labour and within 24 hours I gave birth naturally to a beautiful baby girl.

That’s my personal experience and I encourage anyone searching for support with fertility treatment to also hand themselves over to the talented, caring and brilliant Jo Darling.

Forever indebted

Amanda, Hove

Hello I'm Jo Darling
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner
I’m an experienced Acupuncturist, passionate about helping you live a healthier, happier life. I love what I do at my Brighton & Hove acupuncture practice and have specialist interests in using acupuncture to assist fertility, to support cancer patients and pregnancy niggles as well as acupuncture to help women through menopause and for pain relief
I practice from my home Preston Park acupuncture clinic and Hove acupuncture clinic offering personalised, professional care, using acupuncture, moxa, cupping and electro-acupuncture where appropriate. I have also practiced Reflexology since 2006 and offer combined ‘Acureflex’ treatments – a wonderful combination of the wisdom of acupuncture and the soothing touch of reflexology.

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