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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.

Herbal Regulations Treatments Based on Menstrual Cycle

TCM realized that menstruation was not simply just womb bleeding, but a surface phenomenon resulting from the physiological fluctuations inside the body. Menstruation occurs about every 28 days in women. Cyclic changes inside the body are mainly related to the kidney functions and Blood and Qi (vital energy) supplies. They regulate the production of tian-gui and the activities of the extra meridians, and lead to a natural rhythm of the menstruation cycle.

TCM physicians have identified those changes and incorporate specialty skills in identifying particular segments of the four-phase period surrounding menstruation. When the phases happen normally, the body is in its best condition to produce high quality eggs and allow an embryo to implant easily.

General guidelines for each phase are:

  • Proliferation (6th to 10th day): This period ensures the growth of the uterine membrane and development of the ovum (egg). TCM usually focuses on fortifying the liver and kidneys, invigorating the spleen and stomach in order to replenish blood and kidney essence and activate their circulation.
  • Ovulation (11th to 16th day): This period is when typically the ovum is released from the ovary. TCM usually focuses on fortifying the liver and kidneys to ensure appropriate nutrient supply, warming Yang and unblocking meridians to activate the local blood flow and remove any stasis.
  • Secretion (17th to 25th day): This period ensures the further ripening of the released follicle inside the ovary and facilitates a fertilized egg’s implantation in the thickened lining of the uterus. TCM usually focuses on warming the Yang and fortifying the kidneys to nourish the Conception and Thoroughfare Vessels.
  • Menstruation (25th to 5th day): This period usually does not need special management; however, when there are symptoms like non-smooth flow and painful menstruation, TCM will focus on harmonizing the Blood and promoting Qi (vital energy) movement.

The above techniques are used when treating ovarian or uterine problems. Herbal therapies generally have less adverse effects than conventional drug therapies and show no inhibited effect on ovary functioning for long-term use. Overall improvement on body health is attained too.

Important

Please keep in mind that if you are undergoing hormone therapy or artificial insemination therapy, you should inform this to your physician to avoid interferences with herbal medicines.