"The stress that goes along with trying to conceive is huge," said Tierra, who has been practicing acupuncture for 18 years and uses "both acupuncture and Chinese herbs to try to restore balance to the body."
It's fairly common for patients who are undergoing fertility treatments to also use acupuncture, said Lynn Westphal, a physician and associate professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Stanford has an acupuncturist on staff, and Westphal said she has seen acupuncture become increasingly popular in the past five to 10 years, maybe a result of more scientific studies supporting acupuncture treatment for various ailments.
A recent UC San Francisco study observed 428 couples for 18 months after they visited a Bay Area reproductive clinic and found that nearly a quarter had used acupuncture and nearly 1 in 5 had used herbal therapy to treat infertility.
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