Unfortunately, most women will never know that Chinese medicine can increase their chances of becoming pregnant without invasive Western medical procedures or, at least, increase their odds when they do use such procedures.
Acupuncture increases infertility and IVF success by 40-60%. Chinese medicine
can help improve the success rate of IVF in a number of ways:
- Improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs
- Regulate the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
- Increase blood flow to the uterus and increases the thickness of the uterine lining
- Relax the patient and decrease their stress
- Prevent the uterus form contracting
- Lessen the side effects of drugs used in IVF
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve semen to create better quality and quantity of embryos
- Decrease chances of miscarriage
Chinese herbal medicinals are also used. In my practice, I primarily prescribe herbal formulas in powder or pill form.
Approximately, four to six months prior to the IVF procedure (or without IVF), it is recommended that the patient receive acupuncture and herbal treatments to regulate the body’s functions and make IVF more successful. Sometimes after just four months, the patient regains a normal menstrual cycle and is able to become pregnant naturally.
In Chinese medicine, diet and exercise are important components in maintaining health. Dietary suggestions include a reduction in cold drinks and raw foods as well as limiting the intake of ice cream, chocolate, and coffee. In addition, it is important to eat meals on a regular schedule. Exercise is extremely beneficial in reducing stress and can improve the health of the body, thereby, increase the chances of getting pregnant. Some traditional Chinese exercises include meditation and yoga.
Chinese medicine is very successful in treating many gynecological disorders that contribute to infertility, such as irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and heavy bleeding due to anovulation. These disorders can affect a patient’s ability to become pregnant. By treating the root causes of infertility, some patients may become pregnant naturally during the preparation time. For others, the chance of a successful IVF outcome is significantly increased. I often see patients with no known cause for infertility in Western medicine. After treating the patient for their Chinese medical diagnosis fertility was achieved.
Great Books to Read:
1) Acupuncture & IVF
By: Lifang Liang
2) The Infertility Cure
By: Randine Lewis