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Alternative Remedy Use Common Among Infertile

A substantial number of American couples are looking beyond just state-of-the-art fertility treatments to therapies dating back centuries in hopes of improving their chances of conceiving a baby.

More than a quarter of northern California couples followed in a study sought help from acupuncture, herbal therapy and massage -- often as a complement to conventional conception strategies such as in vitro fertilization.

The research is the first in the U.S. to quantify the use of complementary and alternative medicine for infertility, a problem that afflicts 7 to 17 percent of American couples. Overall, studies have shown that up to 40 percent of Americans use such remedies for all conditions.

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