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How does TCM help for infertility?

Updated: Oct 15, 2023

In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), we do not isolate the infertility issue by focusing on a specific issue, such as PCOS, tubal blockage , endometriosis, auto-immune disorder… We take a holistic approach to fertility health, treating the overall health by addressing from the root cause.

I often use a combination of therapies, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping therapy, aromatherapy, Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage), Tibetan singing bowl sound healing, dietary therapies to restore balance and promote reproductive health. The aim of the therapy is to balance the flow and distribution of Qi to the selected organs that are related to fertility.

So what is Qi?

According to TCM, Qi refers to the vital energy or life force that flows throughout the body and is responsible for maintaining health and vitality. Qi is believed to circulate through channels or pathways in the body called meridians which are connected to twelve main organ systems in the body (Heart, Liver, Spleen, Lung, Kidney, Pericardium, Small Intestine, Big Intestine, Stomach, Urinary Bladder, Urinary Bladder, San Jiao) and disruptions or imbalances in the flow of Qi can lead to illness or disease, which negatively affect fertility.

Among all systems, the Kidney system is most critical for storing the body’s vital essence which is the foundations of a healthy reproductive system. Kidney deficiency may cause irregular menstrual cycles, low libido, UTI, tinnitus, joint pain and infertility. The root cause of infertility is not just Kidney deficiency, but could also be related to Liver Qi stagnation, Qi and Blood stagnation, Dampness and other patterns. You could consult your TCM Practitioner to understand your unique condition and pattern.

What are the benefits of TCM treatments on fertility health?

Below are some of the advantages:

Improve egg quality: You cannot increase your ovarian reserve but we can absolutely improve the egg quality by addressing the underlying cause such as oxidative stress, lack of nutrients or too many toxins.

Improve sperm quality: 50% of infertility and miscarriage occur due to poor sperm quality( low sperm count, low motility, poor morphology, and/or high DNA fragmentation). Acupuncture and herbal medicine could improve blood flow which helps to promote the production of healthy sperm.

Reduce stress: When a body is out of balance, stress directly impacts its hormones and reproductive organs. It increases the production of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline which are associated with weight gain, infertility and miscarriage. I would always find my best to make sure that you feel relaxed during and after each TCM session.

Support ovulation: Acupuncture and herbal medicine are believed to nourish the blood and regulate the menstrual cycle and positively impact the biochemical and physical process of egg maturation and release.

Support implantation: TCM treatments could Increase blood flow to ovary which may help with response to fertility medications for supporting any ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) such as IVF (In vitro fertilisation) or IUI (Intrauterine insemination). Increased uterine blood flow also ensures a thick uterine lining and sets up an ideal environment for implantation.

What to expect in a TCM consultation?

During your first consultation, a comprehensive medical history review will be conducted, including blood work, gynaecological history, and your partner's sperm analysis. A thorough interview will also take place, covering all aspects of your health, and a physical examination will be performed, including observation of your tongue and palpation of your wrist pulses. Your practitioner will evaluate your condition based on the principles of Chinese medicine and develop a customized treatment plan for you. It is recommended to start acupuncture treatment at least three months before you plan to have a baby to achieve optimal results.

What are the potential risks of TCM for infertility?

In general, when practiced by licensed and experienced practitioners, TCM is very safe and effective in treating infertility. Some areas to watch out including possible allergic reactions to certain herbs, digestive upset, or interactions with medications. Sometimes bruises may happen after needling. It is a common and harmless side effect of acupuncture. If there’s any doubts, please discuss with your practitioner before you undergo any treatment. How to contact Ruth?

Please contact us at +852-90188380 or for a personalized consultation.

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