Chinese Medicine and Fertility Support
Fertility Support for Women
Couples are often diagnosed with infertility following unsuccessful efforts in conceiving over the course of one year. Today, it is estimated that one in six couples are affected by infertility.
What is female infertility?
When the cause of infertility exists within the female partner, it is referred to as female infertility. Female infertility factors contribute to approximately 50% of all infertility cases, and female infertility alone accounts for approximately one-third of all cases.
Most cases of female infertility are due to problems with ovulation (the release of a mature egg), followed by structural abnormalities such as blockages of the the fallopian tube, and endometriosis. Age, weight, nutrition and lifestyle factors also play a significant role.
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, female infertility is due to a disharmony of the reproductive system coupled with an overall impairment in general health and wellbeing.
How may acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine influence fertility?
Studies which support the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for treating infertility—either as a primary treatment modality, or as a supportive treatment to assisted reproduction—suggest that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may help influence fertility by:
What female infertility factors may acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine help treat?
Current research and clinical practice suggests several infertility factors may be benefit from treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Such factors include:
What does a typical treatment programme invlove?
A typical treatment programme with traditional Chinese medicine uses a combination of acupuncture, herbs, nutrition and lifestyle counseling. Treatment is individualy customized and takes into account multiple factors including the female menstrual cycle rythm, specific symptoms of the female reproductive system, biomedical test findings and diagnoses.
The frequency and length of treatment is typically determined by the nature of infertility, although a minimal course of three months is generally recommended.
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