Fertility / Conception
The Benefits of Chinese Medicine Fertility Treatments
The benefits of using Chinese traditional medicine treatments — acupuncture, Qi Gong, herbs and nutritional therapy — to remedy infertility have been known for thousands of years. Treatment for infertility can be found in Chinese medical literature dating back to 11 AD. These time-tested techniques assist in:
- regulating the menstrual cycle
- invigorating the sperm, raising low sperm count and motility
- helping to overcome hormonal imbalances
- eliminating immune system incompatibilities
- easing tubal obstructions
- relieving stress-related dysfunction
- reversing ejaculatory defects and erectile dysfunction
They also have far reaching positive effects on a person’s general physical and emotional well-being. The ability of Chinese medicine to address fertility problems associated with overall health and well-being is especially helpful for those over 40, because the therapies help lower one’s biological age and restore youthfulness.Over the past several decades, extensive research on the benefits of Chinese medicine has confirmed what’s been known for thousands of years: these alternative treatments offer effective solutions to a wide variety of causes of fertility problems.
- Chinese medicine techniques stimulate the body’s natural healing potential by treating root causes of dysfunction, rather than just symptoms.
- A recent study of various herbal treatments to correct luteal phase defects in a woman’s hormonal cycle produced pregnancy rates from 33 to 56 percent — far higher than the success rates achieved with Western therapies.
- Another study found that 76 percent of women treated with acupuncture and herbs for fallopian tube obstruction were able to conceive.
- The World Health Organization (WHO), the health branch of the United Nations, lists more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture is effective and infertility is one of them.
- One controlled study comparing the effectiveness of placebo, prednisone and herbal therapy in treating anti-sperm antibody problems found the herbal treatment to be more than twice as effective as the prednisone.
- The Archives of Andrology reported that acupuncture helped increase sperm motility and raised sperm count.
- Chinese medicine, used along with Western treatments, minimizes negative side effects and accumulated toxicity from invasive procedures and drug therapies.
- Chinese medicine may be used to strengthen and balance one’s general health so that in vitro fertilization procedures are more effective.
- A study by Alice Domar of Harvard’s Mind/Body Institute found that stress reduction techniques (such as Qi Gong and acupuncture) can double the pregnancy rates for in vitro fertilization.
- Pregnancy becomes easier to achieve and postpartum recuperation happens faster.