Does Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Help with Infertility?
For many couples in the United States, having a baby is not as easy as it was decades ago. Infertility is on the rise. 7.4 million women of childbearing age are not able to get or stay pregnant.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, both men and women can equally contribute to infertility. Common treatments include taking medicine, getting surgery or getting assisted reproduction like in vitro fertilization (IVF). In the U.S., a single cycle of IVF is around $12,000, not including the fertility medications.
Considering the high cost of IVF and the stress involved, women are turning to acupuncture and Chinese herbs to help increase their chances of a successful IVF and getting pregnant. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs help to support and enhance the natural functions of ovulation and the fertility process. They can also decrease stress.
Today, we hear from a licensed acupuncturist about how this ancient practice is helping more women become pregnant.
Dr. Xiaoyan Hu received her PH.D. in traditional Chinese medicine specializing in Gynecology and Internal Medicine. She was the Supervising Doctor of Chinese medicine at the Hainan Medical School in China. She then came to Minnesota to teach traditional Chinese medicine focused on gynecological issues at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington.
She is the founder and owner of Chinese Acupuncture & Herb Center. Dr. Hu specializes in gynecology, pain management, and nutrition.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Infertility
Q. I want to ask you right off the bat, can acupuncture and Chinese herbs help with infertility?
Dr. Hu: Yes, that is 100 percent for sure. In China, you can look at the population there, which is so big. And for many thousands of years, we didn’t have Western medicine and all that people used was acupuncture and herbs to help them with fertility issues. And it’s really been a success.
So Chinese medicine looks at the person, its all the whole body together. And the main organ that controls the reproductive system is the kidney. So the kidney has to be very strong, and then you have a very strong reproductive system. But it’s not only the kidney. Because right now, society has changed and woman have to work outside and also do housework, so they have much more stress.
So when you’re stressed out, this will affect your liver. And when your liver is not functioning well or effectively, that will affect your fertility issues too. And at the same time, women work very hard today.
When you work very hard, you don’t have time to make good meals for yourself. You may just eat some fast food or you don’t eat enough, then you may damage your spleen. And for Chinese medicine, the spleen is the main organ to make your body’s chi and the blood for your use.
If you don’t have a strong spleen, then you can’t make enough chi in the blood and that is going to affect your fertility issues too.
So those three organs are the main organs that can affect your fertility.
The three main organs are the kidney, liver, and spleen. So we have different herbs and they can help all the different organs. So they can help your kidney deficiency, your spleen deficiency, and liver stagnation.
We have a separate herb for each organ or herbs for all the three organs together. And sometimes people don’t want the herbs. Then acupuncture treatment can do the same job and then you don’t have to worry about taking the herbs. So you don’t have to take the herbs.
You can use only acupuncture to help you for fertility. But I will say, if you do acupuncture and herbs together, that will help you far quicker or more effectively.
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Dr. Hu, thank you for being with us at America Daily.
And, if you would like to know more about how acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help with infertility, you can visit Dr Hu’s website at chineseacupunctureherbcenter.com
Thank you for joining me at America Daily, I’m Meiling Lee, until next time.