Chinese Medicine has helped many couples to achieve pregnancy for thousands of years. Early Chinese medical literature, dating back 3000 years indicates fertility treatment can regulate menstrual cycle in women and increase and strengthen sperm in men.
Hundreds of herbs have been identified and used extensively along with acupuncture, massage, diet and lifestyle modification for treating this condition. They have become increasingly popular in western countries as more and more couples find out how effective they are. In fact, Chinese Medicine fertility techniques are relatively non- invasive and can sometimes offer a better success rate for less cost when compared to other treatments such as IVF.
How Chinese Medicine Works?
TCM identifies the cause of infertility is usually as a result of energy imbalances in the body. The imbalances may be due to a wide variety of factors such as an unhealthy lifestyle, poor diet or improper eating habits, lack of exercise, stress, environmental factors, emotional or psychological issues. For infertility in females, the focus is usually on tonifying the kidney qi, replenishing the essence (jing) and blood, nourishing the conception vessel and thoroughfare vessel and regulating menstruation.
History of Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) began in China over 5000 years ago. Traditional Chinese Medicine developed from the experinces accumulated over thousand of years in the battle against disease. It is an integral part of the culture that has helped billions of people to both maintain theor physial and mental health.
Even before the development of modern Western Medicine, a system and philisophy of tretament has been formed based on comprehensive theories of health care. Although modern Western medicine has brought healthier lives and has significantly extended the average lifespan, there is still a lack of knowledge in many areas, leading to deficiency in efficient treatment of certain conditions, including fertility.
In TCM, practitioners look at the whole person not just the symtptoms presented. The focus is on the psychological and physcial characteristics as well as examining and external stress factors that might contribute to a condition. Treatment is therefore aimed at the individual and the root of the problem, rather than offering temporary relief.
Chinese Medicine understands that the location of infertility begins in the uterus, and its development is related to the liver, spleen and especially kidney function. The kidneys control our congenital essence which is our inherited self; the spleen provides an acquired foundation based on our nutrition and the liver stores blood and regulates Qi ( vital energy ) movements. Normal functioning in these organs ensures a proper material basis for conception.
In the past, there have been many reported cases of improvement in both sperm quantity and quality, with some individuals achieving a normal sperm count following treatment with Chinese Medicine and therefore restoring fertility. Furthermore, male impotence, which may be due to a combination of physical and psychological factors, may be treated with herbs that address these issues. The medical speciality of Andrology, which studies these conditions, has become increasingly important and is now one of the major research areas of the Institute of Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical procedure in which the body’s energy is brought back into balance. Through the stimulation of acupuncture points with the use of very fine needles, this life energy is sent throughout the body through various channels. Whenever we experience an imbalance in our body as a result of this energy leaning towards the positive or the negative, it can display itself in a number of different ways.
Moxibustion is an ancient technique which involves burning of a herb (mugwort) on or close to the skin to eliminate cold, strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi and maintain general health. Now a day Moxibustion is carried out using Moxa sticks and can be done in the comfort of your own home, however, we do recommend seeking consultation for your nearest TCM practioner to help you understand the key points on your body.
Moxibustion is fantastic for all aspect of fertility, pregnancy, birth and even after the birth of your beautiful baby.
NATURAL HERBAL MEDICINE
Herbal medicines in TCM are often used to address the underlying patterns of imbalance of the internal organs, not just to treat a particular symptoms. These herbal formulations rejuvenate the body, and to correct imbalances of the hormonal system to enhance fertility, as opposed to merely treating the symptoms alone.
A recent study (1) treating 173 cases of women with various conditions including PCOS, Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids etc. found that with a combination of Acupuncture and mainly herbal treatments, all of the women were able to successfully conceive. Showing the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine in treating the same disease of different causes ( infertility ), by applying the same treatment plan and achieving a positive result.
Our clinics offer a range of 100% natural food supplements based on the principles of Chinese Medicine.
Cupping or fire cupping is a form of traditional Chinese medicine found in cultures across the globe. This treatment involves placing cups containing reduced air pressure or suction onto the skin as a way of applying acupressure.
Chinese massage or Tuina massage is an ancient form of massage derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine that dates back thousands of years. It’s based on the same principles as Acupuncture and helps stimulate your body and improve your blood flow.
But how can Chinese massage help with fertility?
By improving the flow of blood around your body and helping relieve stress and anxiety, Chinese massage improves your chances of conception by both boosting your reproductive system and reducing factors that can adversely affect fertility.
Note: it is important to bare in mind that there is no exclusive TCM theraphy for infertility. Each regeime is customised from the independent conditions that exists within each individual. Therapy adjustment during the course of treatment are not uncommon as an individual’s condition changes over time. For couples who feel desperate, it is necessary to be patient, open minded and determined. A standard TCM course may take at least 3 months for intensive treatment. There are many available solutions for infertility and the TCM method is one option worth trying.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.