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
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 couples overcome their fertility challenges. To read about these patients’ experiences, click here.
For more information on specific fertility conditions such as high FSH, PCOS, endometriosis, and male factor, click here.
Allison’s office is located in downtown San Francisco, with convenient access to BART, Muni, and street parking.