Fertility support: Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Australian researchers at Adelaide University have created hope for women suffering from infertility as a recent study sheds new light on effectively treating women with infertility issues with Traditional Chinese Medicine. The research, titled "Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the managementof female infertility: A systematic review" concluded that management of female infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medical fertility drug therapy or IVF. This article also concluded that assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to TCM diagnosis, appears to be fundamental tosuccessful treatment of female infertility.

The research, funded by the Australian government (Primary Health Care Research Evaluation Development (PHCRED) Program), mentioned the likelihood of achieving pregnancy with Chinese herbal medicine was double according to the study authors, "Our meta-analyses suggest Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine to be more effective in the treatment of female infertility achieving on average a 60% pregnancy rate over 4 months compared with 30% achieved with standard western drug treatment, or IVF over 12 months."

This is similar to what I have found in my acupuncture and herbal practice in Austin, TX where I focus on balancing and healing the body to increase the chance of pregnancy, so that women may conceive naturally.

 


I have taken acupuncture and TCM treatment for about sixteen years from a number of different practitioners. Because of serious health issues in my mid 30's, that were not treatable through ordinary western medicine, TCM was the most viable (and successful alternative). For several years I studied TCM as an amateur with the hope of one day joining the profession. Additionally, my wife is a MS degree educated physical therapist with advanced training in nursing, various types of alternative health including cranial-sacral therapy and other methods. We are pretty well informed and well qualified to offer an opinion about anyone in the field, and are quite careful about whom we work with.

In short, Dr. Zheng Zeng is the finest Oriental Medical Doctor I have ever encountered, and my wife shares that opinion. She is brilliant, technically superior, a master at herbal medicine and more over a sweet, kind woman. She is the finest type of doctor that one could imagine. I have had significant improvements in my health since working with her (even better than other very good OMD's I 've worked with in the past). Dr. Zeng is in my experience superior to anyone in her field. I would recommend her without any hesitation to anyone.

Richard W