Offering Natural Fertility and IVF Support to couples and individuals in the South West of England.
Your first port of call is to book either a FREE 15-minute fertility consultation or a full Initial Consultation with Clinic Principal and Traditional 5 Element Acupuncturist Paul Adkins.
An Initial Consultation is very in-depth and utilises a comprehensive pre-appointment questionnaire for Paul to work with you to devise the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs. This session will allow you to discuss all aspects of fertility, including patient history, lifestyle, diet and acupuncture treatment required.
Please bring ante-natal notes, if you have them, and your completed fertility questionnaire – available here
Clients must undertake an initial fertility consultation before a course of treatment can be recommended.
Paul will work with you to devise a plan of action which, depending upon your requirements, may include a range of services.
Acupuncture has been used as a fertility treatment as early as 11AD, as documented in Chinese texts.
There is an increasing amount of research evidence which demonstrates that acupuncture may support Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Nausea, Back Pain, Pregnancy, IVF, Fertility Management, Endometriosis and pre & post embryo transfer.
Acupuncture may help as a stand-alone fertility treatment. However, research shows that it can be very successful when used alongside IVF treatments:
A German study in 2002 showed that of 80 women who underwent IVF treatment and received acupuncture, 34 women got pregnant. Of 80 women who had IVF without acupuncture, only 21 fell pregnant.
An American study more recently found that out of 114 women who had IVF and acupuncture 51% got pregnant compared to only 36% without acupuncture.
Acupuncture research shows that it also has high success rates for male fertility:
A 2005 study conducted by Shanghai University in China found that of the men who participated, those who had acupuncture had an increased percentage of sperm in their semen, and the sperm structure was healthier than their counterparts who did not receive acupuncture.
Zita West Network
Paul is a Zita West Affiliated Acupuncturist. The following extract has been taken from the Zita West Website to explain more about this exciting initiative:
‘As a first and important step in extending the “Zita West approach” for fertility, pregnancy and post-natal care, beyond the geographical limitations of our London clinic, we are delighted to announce the launch, from 19th December 2008, of a new national network of Zita West affiliated acupuncturists across England, Wales and Scotland. This talented team of acupuncturists will be joined, shortly, by other affiliated medical and complementary health professionals with established practices in the field of reproductive health, with the aim of creating an integrated network of like-minded specialists offering, together, the same comprehensive range of care and support as is offered by our London clinic – the largest and most successful integrated reproductive health practice in the UK – backed up by training and advice from ourselves.’
Paul Adkins Lic.Ac., BA(Hons), FEA, 1stDan, MBAcC, MCAUK
Paul is a Traditional 5 Element Acupuncturist based in the Cornish city of Truro, he has always had a fascination with Eastern philosophies and has practised martial arts for over thirty years.
During this time, Paul has made extensive studies into the power of the body’s energies and in particular the working of Qi energy.
As a ‘Zita West, Affiliated Acupuncturist‘ Paul has undergone further training with Zita, an expert in the field of fertility acupuncture.