Centre of Alternative Treatment

The Centre of Alternative Treatment at IAKENTRO provides support services throughout the duration of IVF treatments. The Centre offers psychological support services, collaboration with a nutrition expert, and acupuncture or homeopathic treatments by specially trained associates.



Acupuncture derives from Ancient Chinese medicine and adopts its own system, which advocates that the human body is traversed by 14 Meridians, otherwise known as “paths of energy”. On these zones, there are approximately 700 points were acupuncture can be applied. These points are stimulated with very fine needles. With acupuncture, we can influence and improve the menstrual cycle.


When there is the desire to have a child, it is self-evident that a healthy way of life must be adopted, including a balanced diet.

Weight and infertility

Women who are about average weight have more chances of conceiving, since body weight can affect fertility. This can occur if a woman is either significantly above or below average weight, because oestrogen, the basic hormone related to the reproductive system, is stored in fat.

Appropriate consultation with a specialised doctor many difficult situations affecting woman’s fertility can be handled, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, frequent vaginitis e.t.c.

Furthermore, overweight women who are about to start an IVF cycle should not begin any diet, because anxiety and stress that many women experience due to infertility, may lead to eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

During pregnancy

During pregnancy, it is important to have a balanced daily diet consisting of all food types such as protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals and fibre that provide the required amount of calories and nutrients needed for the proper development of the foetus. Obviously, this also depends on each woman’s body and wellbeing, so consultation and support must be provided by a specialised nutritionist and adapted to each individual person.


Homeopathy is a form of medicine based on holistic principles. This means that medications affect the entire body, not just one body part or one disease.

This approach is based on the belief that if one part of the body is sick, this is due to a sickness of the entire organism. Because the medication brings balance to the entire system, any disease in any part of the body will be restored “from the inside”. The most important principle of homeopathy is the law of homology. The word homeopathy is derived from the words homeo (same) and pathos (affliction). The law of homology states that what a medicine can cause to a healthy person if administered in large doses, it can also cure in a sick person if administered in small doses.

Homeopathy is founded on four basic principles. The first two are common with other systems of holistic treatment.

  • The treatment activates the body’s natural healing power (in homeopathy, this is called the vital force)
  • The treatment is selected for each person individually
  • The medicine is the same as the illness
  • Doses are small and potentised

The means of conventional medicine cannot assess or prove the effects of homeopathy and acupuncture. However, all physicians will tell you that both holistic treatments are certainly harmless if you intend to follow any conventional treatment to become pregnant. The worst that can happen is that you will have no result.

What can I expect from alternative treatment methods?

Alternative treatment methods such as homeopathy and acupuncture usually have a positive psychological effect. They induce a physical and psychological relaxation and they can distract patients from the “eternal problem”, so that sometimes this displacement of attention and the relaxation it induces can bring about the desired outcome. Nevertheless, we must be cautious with methods that often promise miracles and are quite expensive. We should always keep in mind that alternative treatments have their limitations and it is important for couples to avoid pointless treatments. Conventional and proven effective protocols should be applied to achieve your goal: a baby!