Ruth Chappell Lic.Ac M.B.Ac.C.
Ruth Chappell was for many years a practicing Registered Nurse, Obstetric Nurse and Health Visitor, she has been practicing acupuncture for over 25 years and is a member of The British Acupuncture Council. She is one of Scotlands most experienced acupuncturists in the field of fertility treatment.
There are many research studies that suggest acupuncture may help in various areas in relation to fertility and conception but none can be considered proven in those terms. Research has been conducted into the use of acupuncture in the following areas.
Reducing stress by decreasing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system. High stress levels are associated with reduced chances of conceiving.
Regulating the menstrual cycle
Improving blood circulation to the pelvic organs including the ovaries and uterus allowing the reproductive organs to work to their full potential
Increasing blood circulation to the uterus ensures optimal endometrial thickness
Helping to trigger ovulation in some women with ovulatory dysfunction
Helping women with PCOS, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea.
Improving semen count and motility
At your first visit to the Complementary Medicine Centre a full case history relevant to your health concerns, taking into account your medical history and lifestyle will be taken and if appropriate acupuncture may be given at this time. ongoing treatments are usually given at weekly intervals.
Ruth will also use acupuncture to support clients having assisted fertility treatment at The Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicne ( GCRM ), Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the \Nuffield Hospital.
Other treatments are often used in conjunction with acupuncture such as massage, lymphatic drainage, nutritional and dietary advice. We also have a counselling and hypnotherapy service to support our clients.
Homoeopathy has 200 years experience of treating infertility in men and women and may he used as a primary approach to infertility, or in conjunction with acupuncture and IVF treatment. A recent Australian study has shown that when homoeopathy was used with 54 women with infertility problems, either on its own or in tandem with IVF, 54 live birth followed.
While having been a godsend for a huge number of women, IVF treatment can be both traumatic and physically and emotionally stressful. Although a great boon, IVF treatment often entails using very powerful orthodox medical drugs and some of these drugs will most likely have long term health implications on the women who use them. IVF treatment is still a relatively new medical science and one whose long term effects are unknown, so if we can bring about conception naturally or with safe natural medicines, that has to be the route of choice.
At the CMC we see many women become pregnant through the combined use of IVF, and acupuncture. A significant number of our infertility patients may use acupuncture only as their choice of support.