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TCM For Fertility


In reviewing TCM literature, the term "infertility" was seen as early as the 2nd century BC. Chapter 60 of the classic Suwen (The Book of Plain Questions) states, "If the Governor Vessel is damaged, the woman will be infertile." Thereafter, relevant knowledge was shaped and consolidated by accomplished medical practitioners of different medical approaches, and their findings were gathered and published in various medical works. Some notable theories for its causes are listed below:

In a woman:

  • Regulating the menstrual cycle.
  • Relieving hormonal disturbances.
  • Enhancing immune compatibilities between sexual partners.
  • Amending tubal obstructions.
  • Releasing stress-related dysfunction.

In the man:

  • Increasing sperm count and motility.
  • Improving ejaculatory and erectile conditions.

While Western medicine targets certain situations specifically, benefits of a TCM approach are in addressing all aspects of infertility causes and focusing on eliminating their ultimate pathological outcomes. TCM remedies have positive effects on general physical health and emotional well-being, which are especially helpful for those who need to turn back the clock of time and rejuvenate their fertility.

TCM Causes of Female Infertility

According to the TCM physiology, normal conception happens as follows:

On a monthly basis, a woman's essence (acquired and congenital) will gradually be enriched to a particular level by the kidneys, the kidneys will then produce a substance called tian-gui. Under the action of this substance, the Conception Vessel and Thoroughfare Vessel become exuberant and flushed with abundant qi and blood. When the excessive qi and blood in the vessels become overflowing, they drift into the uterus and turn into menses. This signals the woman is ready to conceive. When an egg from her ovary is fertilized with a sperm, pregnancy results. From a TCM understanding, this fertilization process involves the combination of congenital essences from both sexes, which are transmitted into the embryo in the uterus. Thereafter, the uterus supplies the nutrients for the growth and development of the fetus until childbirth.

Basically, TCM understands that the location of infertility begins in the uterus, and its development is related to the liver, spleen and especially kidney function. The kidneys control our congenital essence, which is our inherited self; the spleen provides an acquired foundation based on our nutrition, and, the liver stores blood and regulates qi (vital energy) movements. Normal functioning in these organs ensures a proper material basis for conception.

The final pathological development is summarized as follows:

1. Exhaustion of kidney-qi

Congenital deficiency or indulging in excessive sex usually damages kidney-qi. When this happens, there will be inadequate essence to produce tian-gui regularly, which leads to a deficiency in the Conception and Thoroughfare Vessels. The uterus becomes malnourished and cannot collect sperm and promote conception.

2. Insufficiency in blood

Blood is the material basis for conception. When an individual has a constitutional weakness or dysfunction in the spleen and stomach, blood production is affected. As a result, the extra meridians become vacuous (deficient and/or dysfunctional) and the uterus is not nourished making it impossible for a woman to conceive.

3. Stagnation of liver-qi

TCM believes normal emotional health depends on a smooth flow of qi (vital energy) and blood, which are mainly regulated by the liver. In cases of emotional disturbances, especially frustration and anger, the liver's regulating functions are impaired and a condition termed "stagnation of liver-qi" results. When internal qi and blood flow become disharmonious, the extra meridians are affected and the menses will not come regularly resulting in difficulty conceiving.

4. Obstruction by phlegm and dampness

Improper dietary habits or yang deficiency in the kidney and spleen lead to dysfunction in water metabolism and cause excessive phlegm and dampness evils to accumulate. When the body has too many phlegm and dampness evils, qi movement is disturbed and meridians around the uterus are obstructed resulting in irregular menses and conception problems.

5. Retention of stagnated blood in the interior

Damage during a previous delivery, exogenous evils invasion, long term illness and qi deficiency are factors that affect the blood flow and lead to stasis. If stagnated blood remains in the uterus and impairs the Conception and Thoroughfare Vessels, a woman's menstruation can become irregular and conception may be difficult.

6. Accumulation of damp-heat

Improper sanitary habits in the perineum region may allow dampness and heat evils to invade the uterus. When the extra meridians become obstructed, blood and qi supplies are interrupted. There will be difficulty in combining the congenital essences from both sexes to transmit into the embryo in the uterus.

TCM Treatment Methods for Female Infertility

The Chinese place a large emphasis on the family so they take every possible measure to continue their progeny. Fertility management of both men and women has been well developed in TCM. Hundreds of herbs have been identified and used extensively along with acupuncture, massage, diet and lifestyle modification for treating this condition. They have become increasingly popular in Western countries as more and more couples find they work. In fact, TCM fertility techniques are relatively non-invasive and can sometimes offer a better success rate for less cost. They are significant for non-organic incidences of infertility where the problem may be functional and not structural.

Outlined here are some treatment options that can be employed singly or in conjunction with one another.

Chinese Herbal Therapy

Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapies

Massage Therapy

Chinese Folk Therapies

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