New Research Found Traditional Chinese Medicine Boosts Fertility When Combined with Fertility Treatments

By Helen Holmes on January 11, 2012

Despite the rise of modern technology in the healthcare industry, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) continues to play a big role in helping people with various health problems. Just recently, a new study suggests that TCM can help resolve fertility problems when used side by side with other treatments.

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its Effect on Fertility

On a study conducted by the researchers from Tel Aviv University, it was found that TCM such as acupuncture and herbal medicine can boost fertility if used along with other fertility treatments. To come up with the results, the research team observed a number of couples who received Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) combined with traditional Chinese medicine. The team headed by Dr Shahar Levi-Ari observed the progress of 29 women ages 30 to 45 who went through IUI treatment. These women were given TCM therapies side by side with IUI. They also followed the progress of 94 women ages 28 to 46 who only received IUI. The results were very impressing. The researchers found out that those who had IUI and TCM had increased fertility rate by 65.5% as compared to those who only used IUI (which only had 39.4%. The study has just been published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine. According to scientists, the use of traditional Chinese medicine can also be beneficial for women who are employing sperm donors.

In What Way Does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Promote Fertility?

Experts have long been trying to establish connections between traditional Chinese medicine and fertility. Many scientists claim that herbal medications and acupuncture improve fertility rate by enhancing the ovulation process of a woman and her menstrual cycle. This traditional medicine is also said to boost the blood flow in the uterus and stimulate the production of endorphin.  In addition, TCM is used to promote individual’s overall health. Acupuncture for instance, is a TCM that is said to alleviate stress levels, enhance blood circulation, and keep the right flow of energy and balance (Qi) in the body. Basically, women who have good health are more likely to experience successful fertility than those who don’t.

Understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 

Many people derive their thoughts about TCM from acupuncture. But actually, it is just one of the plenty traditional Chinese medicines many people are using. Other than acupuncture, below are some examples of TCM:

1.     Herbal therapy – this includes the use of natural products such as herbs and plant extracts to improve different bodily functions. Today, herbal therapy comes in different forms such as beverages, topical applications, and supplements.

2.      Acupressure – this TCM is the same with acupuncture as to the effects and procedures only that on this treatment, the therapist uses his/her fingers to relieve pressure in the body instead of needles.

3.    Chinese Psychology – this involves understanding one’s emotions and their relevance to the functions of their bodily systems.

4.    Qigong – includes breathing techniques and movements that are said to promote good health.

After having found out that traditional Chinese medicine aids in boosting fertility, experts are planning to carry out more tests to support to this claim.

 

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