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Natural Fertility Clinic Serving Los Gatos

Dr. Alison Hunter, LAc, OMD, FABORM

There are many conditions that can impact fertility, including Poor egg quality, low AMH, high FSH, endometriosis, PCOS and hypothyroidism. Dr. Alison Hunter specializes in helping patients in Los Gatos, Campbell and San Jose find the root cause of their infertility and improve their odds of becoming pregnant through the use of Chinese and functional medicine, acupuncture, reproductive organ massage and other services.


Acupuncture, whether used to treat infertility with ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) such as IVF or IUI or on its own, without ART, is an ancient practice of traditional Chinese medicine that is valuable in treating fertility issues in both women and men. Acupuncture significantly increases success rates with in-vitro fertilization or intrauterine insemination procedures. If you prefer the natural route to conceiving, acupuncture has been shown to promote blood flow to the uterus, reduce stress, stimulate ovulation, increase endorphin levels, increase sperm motility, and more. Conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis and others that often impact fertility benefit from acupuncture treatment as well.

Common Conditions Treated by Natural Fertility Techniques

IVF/IUI support:

For both in-vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination, a combination of acupuncture, diet and nutrition, Chinese herbs and Functional Medicine testing and treatment can be highly effective for increasing the success rate of these treatments. Dr. Hunter provides IVF acupuncture and IVF and IUI support customized to the patient’s unique needs.

Natural fertility:

For women in Los Gatos who choose not to undergo medical procedures such as IVF and IUI, natural fertility can be enhanced using herbal formulas, acupuncture, meditation, nutritional therapy and other treatments that address endometriosis, endocrine imbalances, irregular menstrual cycles, PCOS and other conditions that frequently impact fertility.


Anxiety, fatigue, weight gain, depression, dry skin, hair loss and infertility can indicate hypothyroidism, a condition that affects about 20% of Americans today and is often caused by an autoimmune condition known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. All of the body’s systems can be impacted by this condition, including the reproductive system. An integrated approach combining replacement hormones and natural treatments is effective for balancing the immune system and improving fertility.


A leading cause of infertility in women, PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a complicated endocrine system disorder whose cause is not certain but is believed to have a strong connection to obesity, diabetes and insulin resistance. Acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutrition, massage and other natural therapies have been shown to restore fertility while slowing the progression of PCOS.


A common medical condition among women of childbearing age, endometriosis involves the growth of uterine tissue (the tissue that lines the uterus) outside of the uterus, commonly on the Fallopian tubes, ovaries, intestines, or other organs or areas of the body. A chronic condition that often causes irregular menstrual cycles, pelvic pain, bloating, backache, severe menstrual cramps and other symptoms, endometriosis is responsive to functional medicine, acupuncture, reproductive organ massage, herbs and diet and lifestyle changes.

PCOS, endometriosis, hypothyroidism and countless other medical conditions can negatively affect fertility. Dr. Alison Hunter provides effective, customized solutions to enhance your natural fertility and to increase the success rate with assisted reproduction procedures such as IVF and IUI. Women and couples in Los Gatos, Campbell and San Jose who are interested in holistic fertility and achieving greater overall health and well-being are invited to call Dr. Hunter today at 831-239-2623.

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