Infertility is the term used to describe a woman of normal childbearing age who has not become pregnant after at least one year of trying to conceive or a man who, after a year of trying, has not been able to impregnate a woman. The term can also be used for a woman who is able to become pregnant but is unsuccessful in carrying the pregnancy to birth. Possible causes of female infertility include: uterine fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes, certain genetic conditions, uterine wall problems, and certain lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking, age or stress. Possible causes of male infertility include: erectile dysfunction, exposure of testes to high temperatures, low sperm production, hormonal issues, and certain lifestyle factors.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Infertility.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of infertility generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of infertility:
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Infertility
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating infertility. For a complete list from our store with more details see our infertility formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
The following (4) chinese herbs may be useful for infertility. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.
Signs of Kidney Yang deficiency - cold extremities, fatigue, impotence, weak/aching low back, knees, waist, aversion to cold, infertility, loose stools, incontinence or other urinary issues (frequent, difficult to restrain), edema in the lower body.
The Pulse will be weak and the Tongue will be be pale with a thin white moist coat.