Treatment of infertility by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine
well for infertility. If you had trouble for a long time to get
pregnant, why not try TCM? You have more choice to reach your
aim – windows are always opened.
There are different principles in
TCM to solve the infertility, not means every TCM doctor may
follow the same way of consideration of infertility. In our
clinic, we follow the ways of Dr. Shao-gong Shen. Here we
express our grateful thanks to Dr. Shen for his selfless share
of his hereditary TCM methods in the treatment of infertility.
First of all, we recommend you to
visit fertility clinic in Edmonton, to check your menstruation,
and to see if you have any problem that may affect pregnancy,
such as ovary cysts, uterus tumor, endometriosis, etc. If they
found that you have such problem(s), we need to treat these
problems fist so as to increase the possibility of pregnancy.
If the fertility clinic did not
find anything wrong with you, we would start to solve your
infertility by consideration of following possible problems in
terms of TCM:
To correct kidney yin and yang, so as to
increase sexual desire
If the patient has less or poor
sexual desire (including male), which could be a side effect of
some medicine, such as the drugs for hypertension, it is needed
to improve the Kidney function, since in TCM, the Kidney is
responsible for sex ability. We use Qi Zi Tang (Qi Zi means
seven kinds of plant seeds; Tang means herbal decoction). The
ingredients for the herbal formula are She Chang Zi, Jin Yin Zi,
Tu Si Zi, Chuan Lian Zi, Gou Qi Zi, and Che Qian Zi. The Qi Zi
Tang works to improve the development of ovary and eggs, it is
good to treat ovary cysts too.
Adjustment of Yin and Wei, to correct
If the patient has disorder in menstruation, painful abdomen
before or during menstruation, stop of menstruation
(amenorrhea), and feels cold on the back of lower abdomen, it
would mean that her Qin Qi and Wei Qi is not in harmony. To
re-balance the Yin Qi and Wei Qi, use herbal formula Gui Zhi
Tang with addition of Sheng Di, Dang Gui, Ze Lan, Gui Ban, Xiang
Fu, Ji Xue Teng, Chuan Duan, Nu Zheng Zi, Sheng Jing Cao, and
San Qi Feng. If the blood volume during menstruation is heavy,
use herb Hong Hua instead of San Qi.
Remove wetness and stop itch in vulva
如果病人白带比较多，外阴瘙痒,这种状况不容易怀孕。要给她先止带、止痒，用滋肾通关散，用炒苍术 10 g、肉桂 10 g,
黄柏 10 g，薏苡仁 20 g、川牛膝 10 g,
If the patient has more leucorrhea and itch in pudendum, it
would be hard to get pregnancy. To stop the leucorrhea and itch,
use herbal formula Zi Shen Tong Guan San, using herb Chao Cang
Zhu, Rou Gui, Huang Bo, Yi Yi Ren, Chuan Niu Xi, Che Qian Cao,
Tu Fu Ling, Chan Yi and wild Ju Hua.
To solve the
itch in pudendum, we can also try to use herbal formula San Zi
Tang. Cook the herbs and bath pudendum with the herbal
Soothing the Liver
and improve Qi movement in the body
If the patient
is easy to feel depression or anxiety, or easy to get upset,
feels bloating and pain in the breasts, especially abdomen pain
before menstruation, or have ovary cysts or uterus fibrosis, it
belongs to Liver stagnation condition in TCM. Use Xiao Yao San
to treat. In the formula, add herb Ju Ye, Pu Gong Yin, Hong Hua,
and Xia Ku Cao.
Remove Phlegm and Wetness
If the patient is overweight, has less volume of menstruation,
black dots or black shading on face, has poor appetite, thick
tongue covering, it means the body is with too much Phlegm and
Wetness. To clear the Phlegm and Wetness, use Wen Dan Tang
should eat less sweat food or cake, also eat less fried food,
such as chips. Such food tend to disturb endocrine system, so as
to increase chance to be overweight.
If it is difficult
to diagnose which group the body condition belongs to above, use
the herbal formula Duo Zi Duo Fu Jin Zhong Wan. It is a
hereditary formula from Dr. Shen, which use herbs Jiu Cai Zi,
She Chuang Zi, Jiu Xiang Chong, Chuan Shan Jia, Huang Qi, San
Qi, Ren Shen, Gui ban, Xiang Fu and Dang Gui.
g、九香虫 20 g。穿山甲5 g,
According to western medicine, the best time for sex to have
pregnancy is to have sex on and around the 14th days
from the first day of the menstruation. Dr. Shen recommend to
have sex between the 13th and the 17th day
from the first day of the menstruation.
actual life, we also noticed from time to time that a couple did
not want pregnancy but they got it, though they had sex on the
day before the menstruation or the first after cessation of the
menstruation. How to explain it? It should continue to be the
challenge for medical researchers. In one of famous TCM book (Yi
Xue San Shu, by Dr. Qin An Zheng), it is clearly indicated to
have sex within three days of the beginning of menstruation!
pregnancy, western medicine needs to test the blood and urine.
In TCM, we can feel the pulse of the woman. The pulse of the
woman with pregnancy feels slippery, not weak, and happy,
Certainly the pulse needs to be compared with that before
the stop of menstruation. Another way in TCM is to let the woman
drink a kind of herbal decoction (equal amount of Dang Gui and
Huang Qi). If there is frequent tinkling inside the abdomen
several hours after drink of the herbal tea, it means the
pregnancy. For an experienced TCM doctor, the accurate rate for
pregnancy by feeling the pulse is about 80%.
works to improve success of pregnancy. The way of acupuncture
surely largely depends on the reasons of the infertility. The
first aim of acupuncture is to correct the pattern of
menstruation, to make sure that the menstruation circle is
normal, the amount of menstrual blood is normal and no dramatic
pain before and during the menstruation, and the ovulation
reaction of body is normal too. Acupuncture needs to be
performed at least twice a week for one to two months.
Acupuncture can be used alone or together with the herbal
therapy above to increase success rate. No matter it is with
acupuncture or herbs, the healing period is by month, not by
days. For those of patients who have visited western medicine
for years without successful pregnancy, two to three months of
TCM therapy should be acceptable.