infertility with TCM
benefits of acupuncture and TCM in treatment for the infertile couple
can be found in early Chinese medical literature dating back to
the 11 AD.
In Chinese tradition, having children are considered continuing
the root of the family, therefore treating infertility became a
very important part in TCM.
infertile couples, according to western medical test, are nothing
wrong with their health, their fallopian tubes are open, their hormone
level is normal. While from traditional Chinese medicine point of
view, people could have imbalance body which does not show in western
medical test, but will cause infertility problems. The major imbalance
body symptoms that directly related to the infertility are kidney
deficient, liver Qi congestion
and Dampness (spleen deficiency). TCM
treatments for infertility are concentrated on these issues.
TCM, kidney is not just an organ; it means the whole psycho and
physical relationship of kidney function and its meridian pathways.
Kidney deficiency is result of either genetic influences, or lifetime
habits and illnesses. All chronic imbalances affect the kidney meridian,
common kidney deficiency symptoms are: lack of menstruation, prolonged
menstrual cycles with pale menstrual discharge, low back pain, frequent
urination, low sex drive, later first period (16y, 17y); emotionally,
infertile patients often show a lot of fear, their tongue looks
pale, their pulses often deep and weak; sometimes abortion or miscarriage
may also cause kidney deficiency.
Case1: 41 years old female, already has a 3 year old boy;
recent years, period became very light and last only two days; her
vagina was very dry, she had frequent urination; her tongue looked
pale, her pulse was deep. In order to get pregnant again, she already
had 4 circle medications with IUI, but did not work. When she came
to our clinic, she had already filled another prescription, and
was preparing for the fifth IUI. On initial consultation, Dr. Xie
suggested that she stop medication and IUI for several months, and
try acupuncture treatment. After two months, she was pregnant.
frustration is the main cause of the liver Qi congestion, such as
having a job he or she doesn't enjoy, often working long hours,
and unhappy family life. Physical symptoms of liver Qi congestion
include irregular periods, cramp, dark colored bleeding, clots,
breast tender before period, headache, PMS, angry and upset easily.
Such patient often shows a tight pulse and red tongue. Liver Qi
stagnation affects the blood flow in the pelvic cavity. Using acupuncture
treatment, in conjunction with herbal medicine at the right time
in the menstrual cycle will very likely clear the congestion.
A 34 years old Japanese female, looked so unhappy when she first
visited our clinic, her husband was the only son in the family,
they expected to have a baby so badly, that gave her a lot of pressure,
she can't sleep well, her breast got very sour before the period
came, her tongue looked very red, and her pulse was very tight.
Her situation was a typical liver Qi congestion, therefore the treatment
was focused on the liver and heart meridian. She was also told not
having spice food, chocolate and deep fried food during the period
of treatment. After five months acupuncture and herbal medicine
treatment, she was pregnant.
is the organ which responsible for digestive system of a human body,
if a woman has spleen deficiency; she could have problems with production
of blood and Qi, and could also accumulating dampness in her systems.
Patient with dampness often has symptoms like over weight, missing
period, lot of discharge, dizzy, tightness in chest, diarrhea. Patient's
tongue looks coated, pulse is weak, and often shows some kind of
A 39 years old female, has been married for 12 years, everything
was fine according to the conventional medical test. Her first period
started when she was 16, she had chronic low back pain, and it worsened
when she had her period, her stomach got upset easily, she also
has anemia, and always feel cold. Her tongue looked pale and coated,
her pulse was weak. She had kidney and spleen deficiency according
to TCM diagnosis. After initial visit to our clinic, she decided
to try acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment, postpone her already
scheduled IVF. After 2 month acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment
she was pregnant.
Acupuncture treatment enhancing
the Assisted Reproductive Techniques
modern medicine is getting very sophisticated in its treatment of
infertility, the majority of the treatments do not succeed.
According to TCM, there are 2 main reasons for this lack of success.
First, Western medicine ignores the importance of the woman's
constitution which is not just general health, but body balance
as well. Patient will say, I do not have any health problems, I
excise regularly, I eat healthy, and I am a vegetarian; that does
not mean their constitution is good. For example, vegetable is not
good for people who are Yang deficiency, eating salads (cold nature
food) for years is not the best diet for a person who has generally
a low basal body temperature. Sometimes eating meat such as lamb
(warming food) can help nourishing a "cold" barren uterus.
Chinese medicine has the tools to diagnose constitutional deficiencies
and treat them successfully. A proper combination of acupuncture
and diet will provide good preparation for the woman prior to getting
pregnant. This will ensure her a safe and healthy pregnancy, a healthy
baby and a quick recovery.
Second, Inability of Western medicine to recognize the body and
mind are connected.
Emotion affects the body balance, while physical imbalance affects
the person's emotion. If a woman try to get pregnant unsuccessfully
for a period of time, she is very easy to get frustrate, which makes
getting pregnant more difficult. Acupuncture could help reducing
the stress and relaxing the uterus of patients.
and TCM helps Assisted Reproductive Techniques in many ways, such
as minimizes undesired side effects and accumulated toxicity from
invasive procedures and drug therapies, known and unknown; strengthen
and balance one's general health so that IVF, GIFT, IUI, ICSI and
other procedures are more effective. Infertile patient derives general
health benefits and endocrine system balancing from specific acupuncture
and herbal medicine. Pregnancy becomes easier to achieve and postpartum
recuperation happens fast.
Recent medical research showed the advantages of using acupuncture
in Assisted Reproductive Techniques. Two teams of researchers in
Germany and China have found that adding acupuncture to the treatment
regimen of women using assisted reproductive techniques to have
a child can dramatically improve the women's chance of getting pregnant.
Their findings was published in the April issue of Fertility and
Sterility and widely reported in the popular press.
Women's uterus typically undergoes several contractions while an
embryo is being transferred, which reduces the chance of successful
implantation significantly, acupuncture could help relax the uterus
during the procedure.
Case1: a 40 years old female musician with a very stress and busy
life, had three times failed IVF, was trying fourth time. The acupuncture
treatment she received aimed not only for uterus but also for her stress.
She was pregnant with her fourth IVF.
Case2: a 38 years old single female, tried six circles of IUI, didn't
work. She was over weighted, got tired easily and had hard time
to concentrate. Her bowl movement either constipated or diarrhea.
After one month acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment, she got
pregnant with the following IUI.
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