Our Approach to Fertility Care
The Natural Care Center is committed to providing patient-centered, evidence-informed practices that utilize natural care approaches. These services are designed to work alongside Western conventional treatments to maximize fertility. We are happy to work with you and your healthcare providers to provide a collaborative approach to your care.
What is Acupuncture?
Chinese medical theory explains that health is a harmonious flow of the life force known as “qi” (pronounced “chee”). Illness and dysfunction occur when there are imbalances in that flow. Acupuncturists insert hair-thin needles into a person’s body with the aim of balancing qi. Qi flows through meridians, or pathways, in the human body and is accessible through 350 acupuncture points on the body.
How Does Acupuncture Enhance Fertility Care?
Western science has shown that acupuncture can cause biological responses including hormonal, immunological, and neurological changes, and can complement many conventional medical treatments. According to a review of the evidence by Anderson and Rosenthal, the likely mechanisms by which acupuncture enhances fertility include improving blood circulation into the ovaries and uterus, neuro- hormonal and cytokine modulation, and improving implantation.1 In addition, acupuncture may aid patients in coping with the emotional and psychological challenges related to IVF and fertility.2-5 The fertility treatments at MUIH are tailored to the individual to optimize outcomes.
What Will My First Acupuncture Visit Be Like?
The primary purpose of the first visit is to gather information and to get to know you. During the initial session, we will discuss your health concerns and assess the underlying conditions leading to your current state of health. We will perform a comprehensive assessment, provide an initial treatment, and create a plan for your ongoing care.
How do I Schedule an Appointment?
Contact the Natural Care Center at 410-888-9048 ext. 6614, or NaturalCareCenter@muih.edu.
What are the Teaching Clinic Fees?
- Acupuncture new patient intake w/ treatment $125
- Acupuncture follow-up treatment $55
A University Teaching Clinic
The Natural Care Center at Maryland University of Integrative Health offers a specialized teaching clinic in acupuncture for fertility care. Our skilled team of faculty has expertise in the field of fertility and supervises graduate clinical interns in the advanced phase of their clinical training. Patients receive tailored holistic care specific to enhancing fertility.
1. Anderson, Belinda & Rosenthal, Lara. (2013). Acupuncture and in vitro fertilization: Critique of the evidence and application to clinical practice. Complementary therapies in clinical practice. 19. 1-5. 10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.11.002.
2. de Lacey S, Smith CA, Paterson C. Building resilience: a preliminary exploration of women’s perceptions of the use of acupuncture as an adjunct to In Vitro Fertilisation. BMC Complement Altern Med 2009;9:50.
3. Kovarova P, Smith CA, Turnbull DA. An exploratory study of the effect of acupuncture on self-efficacy for women seeking fertility support. Explore (NY) 2010;6:330 – 334.
4. Smith CA, Ussher JM, Perz J, Carmady B, de Lacey S. The effect of acupuncture on psychosocial outcomes for women experiencing infertility: a pilot randomized controlled trial. J Altern Complement Med 2011;17:923–930.
5. Isoyama D, Cordts EB, de Souza van Niewegen AM, de Almeida Pereira de Carvalho W, Matsumura ST, Barbosa CP. Effect of acupuncture on symptoms of anxiety in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: a prospective randomised controlled study. Acupunct Med 2012;30:85–88.