Updated: Sep 29, 2019
6 million women in the United States have difficulty getting or remaining pregnant, according to the Center for Disease Control. Many of these women may try expensive fertilization techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer to become pregnant.
However, in order for these and other treatments to be successful, we must first change the conditions inside of the body that are making pregnancy difficult. With Chinese herbal medicine, we work with the natural cycles of the body to achieve successful pregnancy.
Chinese Herbal Medicine for Infertility
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), each patient is individual; there is no "one size fits all" approach to treatment, especially for complex issues like fertility. A licensed TCM practitioner will prescribe a custom blend of Chinese herbs to improve the natural cycles of ovulation and overall viability of your uterus, as well as treat any underlying conditions that make pregnancy difficult (such as PMS, which you can read more about here).
In a study of women undergoing IVF and embryo transfer, the endometrial thickness, viable embryo production, and pregnancy rates were higher in women who took Chinese herbs compared to women who did not.
A review of several studies also revealed that women taking Chinese herbal medicine over a period of 4 months were twice as likely to successfully become pregnant than women who only used Western medicine.
Acupuncture and Infertility
Acupuncture stimulates blood flow and improves circulation to and through the reproductive system for higher organ function. It also regulates hormones and has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, easing stress associated with infertility. When combined with Chinese herbal medicine, it can be very effective at treating underlying causes of infertility as well as improving reproductive health.
If you or a loved one are having difficulty getting or staying pregnant, give us a call at (321) 972-2940 to schedule your initial health consultation. Let us help you on your path to a healthy pregnancy!
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Ried K, Stuart K. "Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of female infertility: a systematic review." (October 5, 2011). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22036524
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