Unexplained infertility is increasing rapidly for both men and women The benefits of acupuncture in treating infertility have proven to be significant and many couples may be helped sooner on this journey by exploring Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has successfully treated infertility, gynecological, male factors, and many other illnesses and health problems facing couples for 5,000 years. 

Western medicine as we know it is just over 200 years old. TCM protocols and procedures differ from those used in Western medicine-but their use offers hope for many for whom Western medicine is trying to or has not yet helped.

How can TCM help?

Several studies prove your chances of conception, pregnancy and take home baby rates are increased when using acupuncture, whether you are trying naturally or in conjunction with Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). Some reports indicate a 40-60% improvement rate when used concurrently.

TCM treats holistically, balancing, nourishing and supporting your blood and organ systems. A balanced body system is necessary for a male to have an adequate sperm count, motility and morphology (movement and health) and for a woman to make good follicles, good eggs, sufficient uterine lining and to help prevent miscarriage.

Our body becomes "out of sync" with chronic stress, overwork, poor nutrition, long term use of medications, exposure to toxins and chemicals, smoking, alcohol use, etc. Your body is like a "circuit board connecting with your brain". Life is busy and stressful for most of it is easy for our bodies to "shut down" and be unbalanced. It is like some of the switches on our "circuit board" have been turned off creating blockages causing physical or emotional imbalances.

TCM restores balance and blood flow and opens up our "circuit boards" so the body better functions without stress or duress. The body and endocrine system feel safe and in better working order to conceive, carry and deliver.

TCM allows your body to function more efficiently and optimally and can:

  • Improve and support your immune system
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia and fatigue
  • Create calmness and a more "grounded" feeling
  • Reduce toxic affects of medications
  • Regulate the menstrual cycle
  • Help normalise reproductive hormones
  • Promote blood blow to the uterus and ovaries
  • Improve ovarian function which includes follicle and egg  quantity and quality
  • Reduce uterine contractions after IVF assisting implantation
  • Reduce miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL)
  • Assist in thickening the uterine lining
  • Improve sperm count, motility and morphology

Acupuncture is a very gentle and relaxing method of treatment. The needles are very thin - hairline. You may feel a tiny pinch or nothing. It is safe with little or no side effects. In fact, our practitioners treat children. Women can be treated all the way through pregnancy in high risk cases, or to counter the effects of morning sickness, fatigue, headaches, oedema, back pain, etc.

Our practitioner will go through your medical history and discuss your signs and symptoms. We look at your tongue, check your pulse and explain how we can best help you based on your symptoms and your fertility goals. Nutrition, diet and lifestyle are also important part of becoming pregnant. We will explain an appropriate treatment plan for you. TCM practitioners work closely with fertility specialists and are an important part of an IUI or IVF cycle.

"Although conventional treatments such as medication, surgical operation, and advanced techniques have helped many males with infertility issues, effectiveness is not satisfactory and associated with adverse effects. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been used to improve male infertility for a long time. Recent development in research and clinical studies has showed that CHM improved sperm motility and quality, increased sperm count and rebalanced inadequate hormone levels, and adjusted immune functions leading to the increased number of fertility. Further, CHM in combination with conventional therapies improved efficacy of conventional treatments."

Neurobiology of Chinese Herb Medicine, by Bai-Yun Zeng Kaicun Zhao. Read more here.

Dr Li's TCM Clinic is confident in treating infertility If you have unexplained infertility, male factor issues, are trying naturally or have had a poor response to IVF, do not be discouraged - conception, pregnancy and delivery is a journey and Dr Li's TCM Clinic is here to help each and every one of you succeed. Call us now for your first consultation.

Dr. Li's TCM Clinic - Lane Cove, Rhodes, Macquarie Centre, North Ryde & Chatswood

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