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Chinese medicine gynaecology is a specialised branch of medicine with treatment methods dating back to 1070 A.D.

Through acupuncture and medicinal formula the female physiology can be regulated in a manner that restores natural balance and health to the body thus reducing limitations to fertility and the possible need for IVF intervention.

Generic acupuncture studies used to study the effects of acupuncture underestimate its effects, yet industry journals indicate that acupuncture can encourage fertility and may result in a higher birth rate when performed in combination with embryo transfers. Acupuncture is believed to encourage the release of neurotransmitters that lead to the stimulation of the ovaries. In addition, IVF acupuncture can increase blood flow to the uterus and has the potential to stimulate natural opiates of the brain that encourage a decrease in biological stress.

Proper clinical application of acupuncture, where each case pattern is treated uniquely and within the ground rules of the TCM method has even greater success rates.


At Melbourne Acupuncture, we provide IVF support via acupuncture and work in conjunction with Western medicine approaches to fertility treatments.

*There is some research that Chinese medicine treatment may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.

Our practitioners can also work with you and assist with a variety of gynecological conditions using Acupuncture, Acutherapies, Traditional Herbal Medicine and  Therapeutic massage where indicated.

We may be able to assist with the treatment of postpartum conditions.  Contact us on 03 9804 5775 to speak with a practitioner about whether a therapy is suitable for you.

Plans  are suitable for and may assist with :

  • IVF* – Pre and post Transfer,  IVF-Cooperation. 1
  • Labour Preparation- Pelvic and Hip Pain. 2
  • Pain during Labour. 3
  • Pregnancy-related complaints: Morning Sickness 4
  • Post-Partum Depression 5
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). 6
  • Endometriosis. 7


1.Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

-some early systematic reviews to support acupuncture for ART( assisted reproductive technology) such as IVF and ICSI was unclear. This latest systematic review concludes that;

Based on an analysis of the studies, acupuncture improves the CPR [clinical pregnancy rate] among women undergoing IVF.” (Qian et al 2016).

2.Preventing and treating low-back and pelvic pain during pregnancy: Metastudy

Evidence from single studies suggests that acupuncture or craniosacral therapy improves pregnancy-related pelvic pain….(Liddle SD, Pennick V 2015)

3.Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management in labour.

The data available suggest acupuncture and acupressure may be a

helpful therapy for pain management in labour.

3a.Acute pain management: scientific evidence, fourth edition, 2015. Schug SA, Palmer GM, Scott DA, Halliwell R, Trinca J.The Medical journal of Australia. 2016;204(8):315-7.


4. Evaluation of outpatient acupuncture for relief of pregnancy‐related conditions

High‐quality systematic reviews (n=5) and RCTs with low risk of bias (n=3) were identified. The systematic reviews were based on single studies, with small sample sizes, that showed a benefit of acupuncture for evening pelvic pain; pelvic and low‐back pain; nausea; functional disability; and sleep quality.(Krabbe 2018)

5.A systematic review of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for postpartum depression (PPD)

“CHM reduced PPD symptoms greater than placebo or antidepressants”

6.Acupuncture and acupressure for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

“The limited evidence available suggests that acupuncture and acupressure may improve both physical and psychological symptoms of PMS when compared to a sham control.”

7. Chinese herbs for endometriosis

this review suggests that Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) may be as effective as gestrinone and may be more effective than danazol in relieving endometriosis-related pain, with fewer side effects than experienced with conventional treatment.”

8.Chinese herbal medicine may help reduce menstrual pain.

“The review found promising evidence supporting the use of Chinese herbal medicine for primary dysmenorrhoea; however, results are limited…..”