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How Eastern Medicine & Medicinal Herbs Can Assist With Infertility


Infertility is the inability to conceive a pregnancy after 12 months, and affects about 1 in 6 Australian couples of reproductive age (1). The conventional approach today for infertility is IVF, and while it can produce a successful outcome, many women with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), decreased egg quality, and the presence of uterine fibroids, have a significantly greater difficulty in conceiving despite advanced IVF techniques. Hence, these women would alternatively seek Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for treatment, with limited options.

Chinese medicinal herbs have been used for >2000 years to treat gynaecological disorders. In the last decades, experimental and clinical studies have shown that these herbal ingredients can regulate gonadotropin-releasing hormone and ovarian sex hormone levels to induce ovulation and promote blood flow to the ovaries to improve ovarian reserve (2).


In TCM, we know the importance of warmth in the reproductive cycle. For example, the hormone progesterone is known to have a thermogenic effect on the body and is responsible for preparing the endometrium for implantation of the egg after ovulation and fertilization. When there is Cold, Blood deficiency (lack of blood nourishing the body) and Blood stasis (blood not circulating optimally to all parts of the body), this creates a poor internal environment for conception.

In TCM, we apply a formula with multiple natural ingredients that can counteract complex endocrine and reproductive disorders. We use a balanced approach of various herbs that can warm the uterus, tonify blood and simultaneously maintain its free flow, and boost the Kidney and Liver TCM functions. Some common herbs include: Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica root), Bai Shao (white Peony root), Shu Di Huang (processed Rehmannia root) and Chuan Xiong (Szechuan Lovage rhizome).

Currently, we have herbal sachets and capsules available in store for fertility health maintenance. For more specific individualised treatment/ treatment courses, feel free to contact us on 9635 1715, email yli.tcmclinic@gmail.com or visit in store for more information. We look forward to seeing you soon.

References:

  1. What is infertility? (2021). IVF Australia. https://www.ivf.com.au/planning-for-pregnancy/what-is-infertility#:%7E:text=Infertility%20is%20defined%20as%20the,or%20a%20combination%20of%20factors.

  2. Zhang C., Xu X. Advancement in the treatment of diminished ovarian reserve by traditional Chinese and Western medicine. Exp. Ther. Med. 2016;11:1173–1176. doi: 10.3892/etm.2016.3025.

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