Fertility and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
One in seven couples in the UK experiences difficulty in becoming pregnant. The reasons for infertility can involve one or both partners. In general:
- In about one-third of cases, the cause of infertility involves only the female
- Another third are due to male fertility issues
- In the remaining cases, the cause of infertility involves both the male and female, or no cause can be identified
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be used as a stand-alone, natural, drug-free treatment to enhance fertility in both men and women, and treat both medically explained and unexplained infertility. It can also be safely used in conjunction with conventional Western Medical fertility treatment before and during pregnancy.
Factors which cause problems in conceiving include:
Problems with ovulation
Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (a condition that inhibits the production of eggs)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Abnormal sperm production or problems with the delivery of sperm
- Over-exposure to environmental factors such as pesticides and other chemicals, or to certain medications
- Damage related to cancer and its treatment
- Psychological /Behavioral Problems
Other factors which can cause fertility problems in both women and men include:
- Age. A woman's fertility gradually declines with age, particularly from her mid-30s onwards. Men aged over 40 may be less fertile than younger men.
- Smoking. A couple's chance of successful pregnancy is reduced if either partner smokes.
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Being overweight or underweight. Women at risk of fertility problems include those with eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers infertility to be the result of an imbalance in the body. According to TCM philosophy, disease results from an imbalance that blocks the flow of Qi, the “vital energy” which regulates health and flows around the body. If the flow of Qi becomes blocked, the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, resulting in health problems.
Based on centuries of clinical experience, TCM has developed practical and effective treatments for infertility. These treatments treat fertility problems naturally and safely, by restoring balance to the body and ensuring that the reproductive organs are in good health.
A study entitled ‘Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of female infertility: a systematic review’ conducted in 2011 by the School of Population Health & Clinical Practice, at the University of Adelaide, South Australia and funded by the Australian Government, suggested that: ‘management of female infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medical Fertility drug therapy or IVF. Assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to TCM diagnosis appears to be fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility’.
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