Acupuncture for fertility and pregnancy in Exeter. Acupuncture in Exeter for a wide variety of health problems

Helen Stafford

Exeter Acupuncture Clinic @

Cathedral Chiropractic and Acupuncture Clinic

6 Southernhay West,

​Exeter, EX1 1JG

Bookings: 01392 221122

Enquiries: 07814 304424


​Some of the diseases, symptoms or conditions listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for which acupuncture  has been proved—through controlled trials—  to be an effective treatment:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain 
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Period pain
  • Postoperative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

 Some of the diseases diseases, symptoms or  conditions listed by the WHO for which the  therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been  shown but for which further evidence is  needed:

  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
  • Earache
  • Female infertility
  • Facial spasm
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Herpes zoster
  • Insomnia
  • Labour pain
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
  • Ménière disease
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Postoperative convalescence
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Raynaud syndrome, primary
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Retention of urine, traumatic
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic

 Acupuncture for


CoQ10 for Fertility

An article which discusses fertility difficulties in older women, draws upon small research studies and concludes that CoQ10 could be beneficial in improving oocyte and embryo quality and therefore a healthy pregnancy outcome. CoQ10 is produced naturally in every cell of the body. It is found in the mitochondria, which are known as the power generators in each cell. The cells use CoQ10 to produce the energy the body needs. CoQ10 also acts as an antioxidant  which helps to protect the body from harmful molecules called free radicals. It is hoped that large, good quality research trials are conducted to determine the effect of CoQ10 supplements in reproductive outcomes.

To read more go to:

Acupuncture for Pregnancy




Acupuncture vs sleeping pills for insomnia
Source: What Doctors Don't Tell You

Date/Issue: Aug 2016

'Popping a sleeping pill is the usual treatment for chronic insomnia in the West, with more than 10 million prescriptions for the drugs written each year in England alone. But in China, one of the most common therapies for persistent difficulty in falling or staying asleep is acupuncture.'

Article link: on What Doctors Don't Tell You

Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis of the Knee


Ten trials representing 1456 participants met the inclusion criteria and were analyzed. These studies provide evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain and physical dysfunction associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.'

Link to Research Paper by: Terry Kit Selfe, DC, PhD and Ann Gill Taylor, EdD, RN, FAAN

​​Acupuncture doubles the success of IVF

A study carried out at Homerton University Hospital in London, indicated that acupuncture alongside IVF doubled the conception rate of the participants. The study involved 127 women on their first or second cycle of IVF. The women were split into 2 groups. The first had 4 sessions of acupuncture during the IVF process, whereas the second group did not receive acupuncture. In the acupuncture group, 46.2% conceived, compared with the non acupuncture group where just 21.7% became pregnant. The positive effect of the acupuncture may be due to changes in biomedical factors, including hormones, endorphins and serotonin. Such positive results indicate that acupuncture may be offered as a possible method of improving IVF outcomes.

​Article link: The Telegraph



To find out more about how acupuncture can help you and to view research about specific conditions, please use the link below:

Acupuncture for various health problems.




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Helen Stafford Acupuncture

                      EXETER ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC ​  

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