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 met Dr. Liu (Le-o) a couple of years ago when a bulging disk resulted in muscle spasms and crippling leg pain. A co-worker suggested I give acupuncture a try - after all, what did I have to lose?

At the time, Dr. Liu was still located at AOMA (he remains on faculty there). I hobbled in, filled out an extensive questionnaire regarding both my mental and physical health. After one hour with Dr. Liu, I was able to stand up straight and walk more normally (and without pain) than I had in days. It was amazing.

These days I see him for tweaks and more maintenance type issues (stress headaches, tightness in my low back), but he is definitely on speed dial should my back issues kick into high gear again.

Beth K. Austin, TX    (From Yelp.com)