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.

 


Dear Dr. Zheng Zeng (Jen Jen),

Thank you so much for helping me this year! You practically saved my life. Truly. When I first met you in Janurary and I was 6 months pregnant, you helped me get centered and calm - and you did it so quickly! Honestly, I don't know when I have ever felt so horrible in my life - your acupuncture treatment combined with your bedside manner came to the rescue. THANK YOU!!

Post-partum, we worked on my breastmilk production - that was also incredibly helpful (not to mention the chicken broth you suggested!).

All this is to say that you are well-gifted in your profession - thank you for sharing your expertise, kindness, and gift with me and my baby.    

T. L.  (December 2011)