Acupuncture is part of a complex medical system and has been practiced for over 3,000 years. It has become integrated into the health care system in modern western medicine hospitals, in China and the Far East. In the last 50 years it has become firmly established as a form of complementary medicine in the West and is well recognised for its success in helping couples achieve pregnancy. When used with IVF, it increases the pregnancy success rate.
Due to its proven effectiveness, it has been recognised by the World Health Organisation, and is recognised in particular by medical practitioners, for its use in women’s health. In 1979 the World Health Organization compiled a list of over 40 diseases which are responsive to acupuncture. The list below will give a broad view of the illnesses treatable, although there are many more.
- acupuncture for fertility
- acupuncture during pregnancy and postnatally
- acupuncture for menopause, and menstrual problems