Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for Fertility
Fertility and TCM
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used in the treatment of gynaecological problems for approximately 3000 years. The first recorded Chinese herbal formulas for the treatment of infertility dates back 2250 years.
In 200 BC China had already formed medical specialities, with gynaecologists refered to as Ru yi (breast doctor) or Nu yi (women's doctor).
If you are struggling to get pregnant, you might have gynaecological issues such as painful period, irregular period, PCOS or endometriosis, or just tired and stressed all the time. In Chinese medicine perspective, infertility may arises from a number of factors, such as stagnation of Blood or Qi, deficiency of Qi, imbalance of Qi or Yin and Yang due to stress, life style, enviormental factor or aging. TCM is focusing to maintain the balance of Qi, Blood, Yin and Yan.
Extensive medical researches for infertility with Chinese medicine have been conducted around the world. However, because of the small number of Randomised Clinical Trials (RCTs) and lack of methodology in Western medicine protocols, the effects of the acupuncture and herbal medicine is not yet clarified.
One of the recent researches "Acupuncture and women's health: an overview of the role of acupuncture and its clinical management in women’s reproductive health"
in 2014 has searched 114 relevant literatures and concluded that acupuncture may improve menstrual health and coping for women experiencing delays falling pregnant.
However, the actual mechanism are not yet clarified.
Further high quality clinical trials would be needed for understanding of the usefulness of acupuncture.
*Not all conditions can be treated by acupuncture and herbal medicine. Please contact Chiemi if you have any concerns that you would like help with.
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