It has already been credited with helping to reduce the pain of childbirth. Now research suggests acupuncture could also play a crucial role in helping women undergoing fertility treatment to fall pregnant in the first place.
Women who underwent the ancient Chinese treatment during IVF treatment increased their chances of having a baby from one in five to one in three, according to the major scientific study.
Researchers led by Dr Ying Cheong, from the reproductive medicine unit at the University of Southampton and the city's Princess Anne hospital, concluded that 'acupuncture around the time of embryo transfer achieves a higher live birth rate of 35 per cent compared with 22 per cent without active acupuncture'.
Embryo transfer is when an embryo that has been fertilised in the laboratory is implanted into a woman's womb. The research found that, while the chances of the embryo implanting successfully - resulting in successful pregnancy - increased significantly if a woman had acupuncture around the same time as the transfer, there was no benefit if the treatment took place a few days later.
Dr Cheong said: 'Our research is good news because it shows that acupuncture can help with fertility in patients undergoing IVF.
Source - Daily Mail