According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report, the infertility rate has tremendously increased since 1990. The rise in numbers of infertility rates has seen many seek medical assistance to help them to conceive.
Infertility is categorised into primary and secondary infertility. Primary infertility is where no conception has occurred, contraception has not been used and the male partner has normal reproductive functions. Secondary infertility means the woman is already a mother; contraception has not been used and she has been unable to conceive within one year.
Causes of Infertility
Both men and women experience infertility with different factors being attributed to it. Among the females, distinguishable factors include
- Pelvic adhesions
- Ovulatory disorders
- Tubal blockage and other tubal abnormalities.
Contributory factors among the males include
- Testicular pathologies
- Genetic defects
- Physiological factors
- Endocrine failure
- Environmental disruptors
How Traditional Chinese Medicine is used to treat Infertility
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices have been used for thousands of years to treat both male and female infertility. Traditional Chinese Medicine is viewed as a natural way of treating both male and female infertility either by opting for natural therapies or combining them with assisted reproduction technologies.
Ideally, the TCM combines several theories and approaches including the use of single herbs in the treatment of a disease. Therapies recommended in TCM are as follows:
- Acupuncture is one of the techniques of TCM used over the years to treat infertility. It takes into account both the physical and emotional state of health of a person contrary to Western medicine. It involves the insertion of small needles in pressure points in the body.
- Moxibustion, which entails the local application of heat.
- Pharmacopoeia that uses phytotherapy and nutrition.
Understanding the cause of infertility is crucial to the treatment. TCM is aimed at balancing the body’s natural energy flow hence increasing the overall sense of well-being. Incorporation of Chinese herbals and therapies results in enhancing blood flow to the uterus, improving endorphin production and secretion to inhibit the central nervous system and induce calm—all which increase chances of successful conception.
Here is an exerpt from Centre of Balance Fertility Ebook:
One of the main theories that traditional Chinese medicine practitioners guide their treatment through is the theory of the Five Zhang Organs which states that all organs are connected together in an intricate cycle. Each of these organs govern over certain areas of health, wellbeing and elements of our universe. For example, the heart is related to blood circulation and the kidneys control the reproductive system. This is why an acupuncturist will usually pay special attention to the acupuncture points that relate directly to the heart and kidneys, but is all depends on your own specific needs.
Read through our blog or our fertility eBook for more on how Chinese medicine helps treat infertility. Practitioners at Centre of Balance in Hamilton use different techniques that are supported by anecdotal and scientific evidence to help couples with fertility issues.
Call us today at 07-846 7956 to learn more about how Traditional Chinese Medicine applies to your specific reproductive health problems.
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