Acupuncture and Women's Health
18 Cavanagh Street Darwin NT
(Energy House, Ground Floor, Unit TG6)
To Book an Appointment
Please Call 0432 118 306

Contact Us

18 Cavanagh Street Darwin NT
(Energy House, Ground Floor, Unit TG6)

To Book an Appointment
Please Call 0432 118 306

Acupuncture may be beneficial for:

  • Unexplained infertility
  • Secondary infertility
  • IVF Support
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Amenorrhea
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • PCOS
  • Male infertility
  • Pregnancy support including morning sickness
  • Prebirth preparation
  • Menopausal complaints


Why should I choose this clinic for infertility treatment?

I am passionate about helping couples conceive and I approach infertility issues holistically to create an individualised treatment plan for the patient. I continually improve and extend my clinical reasoning in line with current evidence-based research and the patients goal is at the centre of the treatment plan. Acupuncture has been used to treat infertility for more than 2000 years. Research shows much improved success rates with IVF when combined with acupuncture. Infertility treatments include acupuncture, diet, exercise and lifestyle advice.


How may acupuncture affect infertility?

Acupuncture may stimulate the flow of intrinsic energy in the body and enhances the blood circulation to the pelvic region. It may benefit vital organ function and general health. Several studies have shown that acupuncture may increase beta-endorphin levels and may have a regulartory effect on FSH, LH and androgen.

In addition to this proper exercise, correct diet and a healthy lifestyle all assist in restoring reproductive health and helps you to achieve conception.


Factors that influence outcome and length of acupuncture treatment required:

  • Regulating menstrual cycle
  • Hormone imbalances
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis and fibroids
  • The age of the patient
  • Associated traumas
  • Toxin exposure from medication, smoking and alcohol
  • Genetic influences
  • Lifetime habits
  • Illness



Male Fertility

Sperm and its quality counts. Sperm quality is on the decline, so increased awareness of treatment options comes at an important time.

Sperm quality has been linked with more than simply fertilization rates, but with factors such as development of the fertilized egg, implantation and perhaps most importantly the development of the embryo itself.

These findings indicate that the health of a man's sperm not only impacts the chances of pregnancy, but directly affects the health of the potential child.

Occurences like miscarriages could have more to do with sperm quality, and treatment should not focus on the woman alone.


Mind & Body

It is important to recognise the relationship between a variety of stressful emotions and infertility. I believe negative emotions play a major role in causing hormonal imbalances and cause problems associated with female reproduction such as ovulation, menstrual irregularities, PMS and endometriosis. One of the main focuses of the treatment of infertility is to balance mind and body leading to improved overall health and well being.


Menstrual disorders

The menstrual cycle is a good indicator of a woman’s general health. When the flow is adequate, regular and without discomfort, blood production and circulation are healthy.

Menstrual irregularities are often related to hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance may also cause emotional imbalance. Menstrual irregularity may contribute to difficulty conceiving – including issues with ovulation, fertilization and implantation in the uterus. Acupuncture may assist in the treatment of these conditions through its ability to regulate the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis via the central sympathetic system.

If you experience fatigue, irritability, depression, water retention, breast tenderness, migraines and sugar cravings before your menstrual flow, PMS may be present. Research indicates that acupuncture may relieve the symptoms of PMS.

(for references on acupuncture for menstrual disorders please refer to “Acupuncture and IVF” below)


Prebirth Acupuncture

Acupuncture may be used to stimulate contractions and ripen the cervix thus reducing the need for postdates induction. Research on the use of acupuncture to prepare the woman for an efficient labor recommends weekly acupuncture from 37 weeks of gestation.


Acupuncture and IVF

Acupuncture may have an effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which locally might reduce uterine artery impedance and thus increase uterine and ovarian blood flow. It is proposed that the effect on uterine blood flow might improve the growth and thickness of the endometrium, rendering it more receptive to implantation of the early embryo. Research shows that acupuncture administered on the day of the embryo transfer may improve the reproductive outcome of IVF/ICSI.

Patients undergoing IVF are often under great emotional stress, and it has been found that stress can reduce fertility, and increase miscarriages. Acupuncture may reduce emotional stress in patients undergoing IVF.




Acupuncture for unexplained/secondary infertility:
* Chang R et al. "Role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility" 2002 Elsevier
* Stener-Victoria E et al. "Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture" Hum Reprod 1996, 11: 1314-1317
* Stener-Victoria E et al. "Ovarian blood flow responses to electro-acupuncture stimulation at different frequencies and intensities in anaesthetized rats" Autonomic Neuroscience 2003, Vol.108, Issues 1-2, 50-55
* Yu W et al. "A pilot study Evaluating the Combination of Acupuncture with Sildenafil on Endometrial Thickness" Presented at the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Annual Conference 2007


Acupuncture and IVF:
* Paulus WE et al. "Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy" 2002 Fertil Steril, Vol.77 (4) 721-4
* Ayoubi JM et al. “Comparison of changes in uterine contraction frequency after ovulation in the menstrual cycle and in in vitro fertilization cycles” Fertil Steril 2003, 79, 1101-1105
* Franchin R et al. “Uterine contractions at the time of embryo transfer alter pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization” Human Reproduction 1998, 13, 1968-1974
* Wang W et al. “A matched, controlled study to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for improving pregnancy rates following in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer” Clinics Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology 2007, 34, 137-138
* Youran D et al. "Acupuncture performed before and after embryo transfer improves pregnancy rates" Fertil Steril 2008, Vol. 90 Suppl 1, S240
* Westergaard L et al. "Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial" Fertil Steril 2006, Vol.85 1341-1346
* Quintero R et al. "A randomized, controlled, double-blind, cross-over study evaluating acupuncture as an adjunct to IVF" Fertil Steril 2004, Vol.81 Suppl 3, S11-12
* Teshima DRK et al. "The effect of acupuncture in assisted reproduction techniques" Fertil Steril 2007, Vol.88 Suppl 1, S330
* Benson MR et al. "Impact of acupuncture before and after embryo transfer on the outcome of in vitro fertilization cycles: A prospective single blind randomized study" 2006 Fertil Steril Vol.86, Suppl 1, S135
* Kim J et al. “Effect of acupuncture treatment on uterine motility and cyclooxygenase-2 expression in pregnant rats” Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigations, 2000, 50, 225-230
* Udoff LC et al. "The effect of acupuncture on outcomes in in-vitro fertilization (IVF)" Fertil Steril 2007, Vol.86 (3), S145
* Dalton-Brewer N et al. "Uses of Acupuncture Before and After Embryo Transfer" Hum Fert 2010, Vol. 12 (4) 212-255
* Smith C et al. "Influence of acupuncture stimulation on pregnancy rates for women undergoing embryo transfer" 2006 Fertil Steril, Vol. 85 1352-58
* Magarelli P et al. "Acupuncture & IVF poor responders: a cure?"
* Domar A et al. "The Impact of Acupuncture on in Vitro Fertilization Outcome" Fertil Steril 2009, Vol. 91, Issue 3: 723-6
Fertil Steril 2004, Vol. 82 Suppl 3 S20
* Magarelli P et al. "Changes in serum cortisol and prolactin associated with acupuncture during controlled ovarian hyper stimulation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer treatment" Fertil Steril 2009, Dec 92 (6): 1870-9


Acupuncture to reduce the risk of miscarriage:
* EHY Ng et al. "The role of acupuncture in the management of subfertility" 2008 Elsevier
* Naseem MK et al. "Adjuvant acupuncture reduces first trimester pregnancy loss after IVF" Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2012, 2, 283-286
* Franchin R et al. “Uterine contractions at the time of embryo transfer alter pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization” Human Reproduction 1998, 13, 1968-1974


Acupuncture and dysmenorrhea:
* Smith CA et al. “Acupuncture to Treat Primary Dysmenorrhea in Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2011: 612464
* Helms JM “Acupuncture for the management of primary dysmenorrhea” Obstet Gynecol. 1987 Jan; 69(1): 51-6


Acupuncture and Premenstrual Syndrome:
* Kim SY et al. “Acupuncture for premenstrual syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 118 (8):899-915, 2011
* Ee CC. et al. “Acupuncture for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy: a systematic review. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 198(3):254-9, 2008


Acupuncture for PCOS:
* Stener-Victoria E et al. “Effects of electro-acupuncture on anovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Acta Obstetrica et Gynecologica Scandinavia. 79 (3): 180-8, 2000
* Lim CE, Wong WS “Current evidence of acupuncture on polycystic ovarian syndrome”, Gynecol Endocrinol 2010 Jun (6):473-8


Acupuncture for endometriosis:
* Zhou J, Qu F “Treating Gynaecological Disorders with Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Review”, Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2009; 6(4): 494-517
* Lundeberg T, Lund I “Is there a role for acupuncture in endometriosis pain, or endometrialgia?”, Acupunct Med 2008 Jun; 26 (2): 94-110


Acupuncture for low sperm count / male infertility:
* Zhang M et al. "Influence of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in assisted reproductive technology" 2002 J Hua Zhong Univ Sci Technology Med Sci, Vol.33 (2) 228-30
* Gurfinkel E et al. "Effects of acupuncture and moxa treatment in patients with serum abnormalities" 2003 Asian J Androl, Dec 5 (4) 345-8
* Dieterle S et al. "A prospective randomized placebo-controlled study of the effect of acupuncture in infertile patients with severe oligoasthenozoospermia" Fertil Steril 2006, Vol.85 1347-1351
* Siterman S et al. "Effect of acupuncture on sperm parameters of males suffering from subfertility related to low sperm quality" Arch Androl 1997, Sept-Oct, 39 (2): 155-61
* Pei J et al. "Quantitative evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male fertility" Fertil Steril 2005, Jul 84 (1): 141-7


Acupuncture for morning sickness and vomiting:
*Smith C et al. "Acupuncture to Treat Nausea and Vomiting in Early Pregnancy: A Randomized Controlled Trial" Birth 2002, Vol.29 (1) 1-9
* de Aloysis D, Penacchioni P “Morning sickness control in early pregnancy by Neigun point acupressure” Obstet Gynecol. 1992 Nov; 80(5): 852-4


Acupuncture and breech babies:
* van den Berg I et al. "Effectiveness of acupuncture-type interventions to resolve breech presentation compared to expectative policy, a meta-analysis" Focus Altern Complement Ther 2005, Vol.10 (1) 5-6
* Cardini F, Weixin H "Moxibustion for correction of breech presentation: a randomized controlled trial" 1998 JAMA Nov 11; 280 (18) 1580-4
* Betts D, Lenox "Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pregnancy & Childbirth" 2004 (p 14)
* van den Berg I et al. "Cost-effectiveness of breech version by acupuncture-type interventions on BL67, including moxibustion, for women with a breech fetus at 33 weeks gestation: a modeling approach" Complement Ther Med 2010 Apr; 18 (2) 67-77
* Ernst E “Moxibustion for breech presentation” The Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 282, no. 14: 1329-1999
* Manyande A, Grabowska C “Factors affecting the success of moxibustion in the management of a breech presentation as a preliminary treatment to external cephalic version” Midwifery 2004, Vol. 25, no. 6: 774-780
* Coyle ME, Smith CA “Cephalic version by moxibustion for breech presentation”, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Vol. 18, no. 2, Article ID CD003928


Acupuncture and stress related to infertility:
* TM Cousineau et al. "Psychological impact of infertility" 2007 Elsevier
* Balk J et al. "The relationship between perceived stress, acupuncture, and pregnancy rates among IVF patients: a pilot study" Compl Therapies in Clinical Practice 2010, 16, 154-157
* Manber R et al. "Acupuncture for Depression During Pregnancy: A Randomized Controlled Trial" Obst and Gynec 2010, 115 (3) 511-520
* Ernst E, White AR “Prospective studies of the safety of acupuncture: A systematic review” American Journal of Medicine 2001, 110, 481-485
* Csemicky G et al. “The influence of stress and state anxiety on the outcome of IVF-treatment: Psychological and endocrinological assessment of Swedish women entering IVF-treatment” Acta Obstetrics & Gynecology Scandinavia 2000, 79, 113-118
* Repromed (2007) Pregnancy rates.
* Middlekauff HR et al. “Acupuncture in the treatment of heart failure” Cardiology Review 2004, 12, 171-173
* Chan Ch et al. “Effectiveness of psychosocial group intervention for reducing anxiety in women undergoing in vitro fertilization: A randomized controlled study” Fertil Steril 2006, 85, 339-346


Prebirth Acupuncture:
* Lim CE et al. “Effect of acupuncture on induction of labor” J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Nov; 15(11): 1209-14
* Kubista E, Kucera H “The Use of Acupuncture As A Routine Pre-Birth Treatment” Journal of Chinese Medicine, Article Archive, 1974
* Zeisler H et al. “Influence of acupuncture on duration of labour” Gynecol Obstet Invest;1998; 46:22-5
* Betts D, Lennox S “Acupuncture for Prebirth Treatment: An Observational Study of its use in Midwifery practice”  May 2006
* Rabl M et al. “Acupuncture for cervical ripening and induction of labour at term – a randomized controlled trial” Wien Klin Wochenschr 2001; 113(23-4): 942-6



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Energy House

Ground floor unit TG6

18 Cavanagh Street

Darwin NT 0800


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Energy House, Cavenagh St

Alice is a Darwin-based physiotherapist, providing the benefits of acupuncture and physiotherapy to Darwin and suburbs. Alice has a special interest in acupuncture for natural fertility treatment and IVF support.

As a physiotherapist Alice treats all forms of sports and spinal injuries, including joint, tendon and muscle problems, neck and back pain, arthritis, head aches and migraines.

Alice has specific training as a vestibular physiotherapist and as such she treats various cases of vertigo.



Alice Thorn is situated in the city of Darwin, servicing surrounding suburbs:

Bayview - Eaton - East Point - Fannie Bay - Hidden Valley - Larrakeyah - Ludmilla - Parap - Stuart Park - The Gardens - The Narrows - Winnellie - Woolner

Contact Us

Alice Thorn Acupuncture & Physiotherapy
For an appointment please call 0432 118 306
Energy House, Ground Floor, Unit TG6
18 Cavanagh Street
Darwin NT 0800

Phone: 0432 118 306
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