Acupuncture is increasingly popular for the treatment of infertility and other reproductive health concerns.
Acupuncture treats the whole person, not just whatever symptoms are manifest. It helps regulate the endocrine system, thus affecting hormone levels, ovulation, and menstrual cycles. It has also been shown to increase male fertility, resulting in increased sperm count and motility.
The scientific community has shown increased interest in the ability of acupuncture to treat infertility.
Sympathetic nervous system normalization–resulting in increased blood flow to the uterus and increased uterine wall thickness, which enhances implantation
Reduction of stress hormones–acupuncture releases beta-endorphins and has a calming effect on the nervous system
Improved reproductive hormone levels
Normalization of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarain axis–a key process to fertility
Once pregnant, focus turns to keeping the mom and baby healthy throughout the pregnancy.
COMMON PREGNANCY CONDITIONS THAT ARE TREATED WITH ACUPUNCTURE INCLUDE:
Nausea and vomiting
Musculoskeletal pain, back pain, hip/pubic bone pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Breech and posterior position babies
Labor preparation and induction
Acupuncture has techniques to promote recovery after childbirth. Conditions helped include: insufficient lactation, blocked ducts, wound healing, pain and trauma associated with childbirth, postnatal anxiety and depression, and urinary problems.
We can also address any issues that have lingered postnatally, like carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, and plantar fasciitis.
Allison Crawford M.S., L.Ac., is a graduate of UCLA and the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College.
Allison is familiar with current Western infertility treatments, techniques, and medications and can communicate effectively with Western healthcare practitioners to achieve the best possible outcome.
She has studied with acupuncturists who excel in treating infertility and women’s health including post-graduate training with Dr. Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure.
Allison is a member of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and the American Pregnancy Association.
Allison has helped many people grow their families, with or without Western medical support.
Please see her Yelp page to read about some of their experiences.
She looks forward to supporting you along your journey to parenthood!
Please book online or call 415-819-5352 if you have questions.