Chinese Herbal Therapy
In TCM, herbal therapies are generally formula based and single herbs are rarely used. The herbs are not simply added in a cumulative fashion. Each ingredient in the formula is carefully balanced to accentuate its strengths and reduce side effects so as to create a synergistic curing effect. This part needs extensive training and real clinical experience. Self-medication is not encouraged. Appropriate formula prescriptions based on accurate differential diagnosis can only be made by qualified clinically trained TCM practitioner. In a worst case scenario, self-prescribing of herbal medicine may be harmful or even fatal.
Although the mechanisms of how certain herbal formula works are not understood quite well, Chinese herbs have proven to be effective in treating infertility. One benefit is that they can have less accompanying adverse effects that often are present with Western pharmaceutical drugs. Herbal prescriptions may also work well as adjuvant therapy for conventional approaches too.