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.

 


All my life I had irregular and infrequent menstrual cycles. Sometimes a year would pass before I would have a period again. I had been on an oral contraceptive pill to regulate my menses, but I felt like it did more harm than good with only masking my symptoms instead of truly fixing it at the root. But now, after working with Dr. Zheng Zeng, I am thrilled to say that my menstrual cycle has regulated with Chinese herbs and diet change! I cannot even express how truly awesome it feels physically and psychologically to have my body doing what it is meant to be doing. I am truly grateful and appreciative of Dr. Zheng Zeng's sincerity and expert care!

Tiffany C.