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Chinese Herbal Medicine Application in Treating Infertility

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by | 2 views

Chinese herbal medicine has been successfully treating infertility for thousands of years. The approach to natural fertility in Chinese medicine depends on the ground being properly prepared so that the seed can grow. This is based on the belief that people are not necessarily infertile, but they are physically imbalanced. These imbalances must be corrected in the lives of the couples who are trying to have a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Imbalances in life may take many forms. They may be high levels of stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, an excessive lifestyle and many other things. These imbalances can reduce sperm count and cause menstrual irregularities as well as reduce the supply of blood to the uterus and ovaries. When these imbalances are corrected through Chinese herbal treatments, the body will return to its natural, healthy functioning. This is the good ground that will support a healthy pregnancy.

There is not one particular herb that is used for infertility. It is a combination of at least 15 herbs from about 150 herbs that are used. The formula prescribed depends on the type of infertility. There are three basic types of infertility including the deficiency syndrome, the stagnancy syndrome and the heat syndrome.

The heat syndrome is associated with inflammations and infections of the reproductive area. These can cause abnormal semen which contributes to male infertility as well as infections that block the fallopian tubes or cause the mucus membranes to be unreceptive in women.

The stagnancy syndrome involves stagnant qi and blood. This is usually caused by tense muscles, digestive disorders and restrained anger. The hormones may be functioning properly, but the circulation of blood to the tissues involved is restricted.

The deficiency syndrome involves the hormones and prevents them from properly stimulating the reproductive and sexual functions. This is usually a weakness of the liver and kidneys and the symptoms are aching in the back and legs, frequent urination, impotence, frequent fevers and irregular menstruation.

Most of the herbs that are given to treat infertility are derived from leaves, barks, roots fruits and flowers. There are a few exotic items such as sea horse and deer antler in some formulas, but these are not common. There are usually different formulas for men and women, but many of the herbs are found in both formulas.

The use of Chinese herbs for infertility is becoming more and more popular as the treatments offered by western medicine is expensive and often ineffectual. Some of the herbal formulas still used today were recorded in 200 AD in the Shang Han Lun. In 1237 AD, the Complete Book of Effective Prescriptions for Diseases of Women was published which is the first book devoted to gynecology and obstetrics. These herbal formulas are still being used successfully in modern China for infertility for both men and women, and the results are published in medical journals.

Herbs are not regulated by the FDA, but they are safe to use. There are some herbs that should not be used during pregnancy, but for any symptom, it is best to consult a health care provider who knows how to use Chinese herbs to attain natural fertility.  See

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