Infertility – How Chinese Medicine Can Help

Although “Acupuncture and IVF” has been a hot topic in the last few years, the focus on acupuncture as an adjunct to IVF has tended to overshadow the real contribution Chinese Medicine can make to reproductive health.My intent and goal is to help my fertility patients have a healthy baby and, in the process, help them improve their overall health and quality of life.Chinese Medicine has the most impact on fertility when it is used during the preconception period. In my clinical experience working with couples for 3 to 6 months addressing nutrition, lifestyle and stress, and balancing hormones with herbs and acupuncture produces the best results. Most patients notice dramatic changes in their menstrual cycles and overall health. They find that their treatment reduces or eliminates:* pre menstrual symptoms (physical and emotional),* menstrual pain and pelvic pain (endometriosis)* abnormal bleeding and quality of bloodIt is also regulates the timing of ovulation,(even PCOS related), and increases the amount and quality fertile mucous. Women with advanced maternal age, who are poor responders, or who have low ovarian reserve are often not candidates for IVF. I have seen many cases where Chinese Medicine improves their fertility to the extent that they are able to conceive naturally or go on to a successful IVF. Also, statistically, women over 43 have just as much better chance if not higher of conceiving on their own naturally than with IVF. Chinese medicine can boost their odds at conceiving naturally.Other areas where Chinese Medicine can stand alone as a treatment is in preventing miscarriages, reducing or eliminating night sweats and hot flashes, calming anxiety/insomnia, and alleviating hormonal acne.The real potential for integrated medicine is when Chinese and Western Medicine can work together to provide health care that draws on the strengths of these two powerful healing systems