Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Infertility
Infertility has become a major challenge for couples in
Canada, today. Roughly 16% (or 1 in 6) couples in Canada experience infertility. This number has doubled since the 1980s.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture has become one of the main modalities helping couples conceive naturally or added
to the assisted reproductive methods.
A new clinical
study concludes that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have potent effects in reversing infertility. Several types of
infertile patients participated in the study including those using IVF, IUI and those using no biomedical assistance. All
groups showed significantly improved successful pregnancy rates. A total of 52.38% of women in the study conceived with acupuncture
and/or herbal medicine without biomedical assistance. Another 9.52% conceived with acupuncture and/or herbs combined with
IVF (in vitro fertilization) and 4.76% conceived with IUI (intrauterine insemination) combined with acupuncture (link to research).
According to the principles of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), a person's health is determined by having a balanced flow
of "Qi", the vital life force circulating throughout the body. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are the means of
influencing the "Qi" to induce a particular effect in body. In modern terms, acupuncture can affect the nervous
and endocrine system.
Many modern researches
have confirmed TCM and Acupuncture benefits in the following areas:
Regulating the menstrual cycle, improving sperm count and motility. Enhancing general health,
reducing stress/anxiety, enhancing sleep/energy levels. Balancing endocrine system, and hormones. Improving blood
flow in pelvic cavity, increasing the chances of pregnancy for IVF, or IUI.
Who can benefit from TCM and Acupuncture for infertility?
Good candidates for acupuncture and herbal medicine are people
who have a functional, rather than structural etiology for infertility. Infertility due to hormonal imbalance i.e. fluctuating
FSH, immune disorders, lack of menstruation, irregular menstruation, painful menstruation, dysfunctional uterine bleeding,
fibroids and cysts, stress and age related factors, low sperm count, low sperm motility, all fall into the category of functional
infertility. Stress can dramatically decrease fertility in both women and men. Acupuncture can increase fertility chances
by reducing stress. For those whose infertility involves structural issues, such as fallopian tube damage or severe endometriosis,
a complete medical evaluation is recommended to understand the exact nature of the problem before initiating TCM treatments.
What to expect?
initial TCM/Acupuncture visit is usually about 1.5 hours, and includes an evaluation based on TCM and an acupuncture treatment
for fertility. Follow up visits are only one hour long. A customized herbal medicine treatment plan, can start from your second
visit. Herbs are administered as raw herbs that you take home and cook them once a week, and keep the decoction in a glass
jar in the fridge and normally drink it 2-3 times a day. Most couples who follow this regimen have a good degree of success
ranging from 3-9 months of treatment, which depends on their age, partner's fertility health and so forth.
are welcome to check out my website http://tcmclineek.com, browse the Infertility Testimonials, email me at email@example.com, or text to 647-444-4083, for any fertility acupuncture
or general acupuncture inquiries.