A  Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic

Chinese Herbal Medicine Helps Infertility

The first records of fertility treatments using traditional Chinese herbal medicine date back to well before
the Christian era. Herbal preparation and tonics have been used for thousands of years in China to help
increase fertility.

We will individualize each herbal remedy based on your diagnostic pattern. We rarely use a single herb
in treatment. Chinese herbs are formula based; many herbs are mixed together to create the perfect
“decoction” specifically designed for the individual patient. There will be different herbs for various
segments of your cycle. We will also give you an herbal mix designed to enhance your overall health
and well-being. We will keep assessing our progress and make changes as needed.

Some formulas contain two herbs and some thirty or more herbs. Each herb has many functions. Each
herb has its own flavour, nature, temperature and trophism.  Prescribing the correct herbal remedies
requires extensive training and clinical experience.  

Self-medicating with herbal medicine presents a dual dilemma. At best the herbs will be useless, as the
key to correct formula prescription is an accurate differential diagnosis that can only be rendered by a
licensed, highly educated, experienced practitioner. In the worst case, self-prescribing of herbal
medicine may prove harmful or fatal. A good example of this is Ma Huang/Ephedra.  Ma Huang is an
herb safely prescribed on a daily basis by hundreds of alternative medicine practitioners to thousands
of patients. That several people have died as a result of taking Ma Huang has very little to do with the
dangerous properties of the herb inasmuch as it has to do with the fact that in all cases of fatalities the
individuals were self-medicating.  Aspirin can prove fatal if taken by a haemophiliac, and this is not an
indication that aspirin should be banned or that it is a dangerous drug. Like herbal medicines, it is totally
safe if used appropriately.

You should take herbs only when they’re prescribed by highly educated and rich experienced herbalist.
Not only is herbal medicine safe, it is highly effective and free of concomitant harmful side effects that
often accompany pharmaceutical drugs.

We have used herbal formulas repeatedly to lower elevated FSH levels, to regulate irregular menstrual
cycles, to mitigate pain in the endometriosis patient; to mitigate pain in the patient who presents with
ovulation and/or menstruation-related migraines; to thicken an unresponsive endometrium; to treat the
amenorrheic patient, the oligomenorrheic patient; to treat patients with partial tubal occlusion, and the
patient with unexplained infertility.  Additionally, we have successfully treated men with low sperm counts
or poor motility. However, not all patients respond to alternative medicine.

Clearly, further research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms of action of acupuncture and
herbal medicine in treating the infertile patient. Nevertheless, it is our own opinion that the best-case
scenario for any infertility patient is to offer them every reasonable option which may serve to address
their underlying condition. The integration of acupuncture and herbal medicine into the treatment
protocol of the infertile patient, from a clinical perspective, based on the long-standing empirical
evidence, is getting accepted, more and more gradually.