Infertility



TCM Concept of Fertility

TCM refers to Traditional Chinese Medicine, which including Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Ithas been used and proved highly effective for over three thousand years.It is a truly holistic and natural system of health based on the theory of balance within the human body. According to TCM philosophy, Fertility and gynaecological problemsare closely related to the Kidney, Spleen and Liver organs. These internal organs are interconnected function units,every malfunction in any of these organs could cause fertility problems.We take a holistic approach to help you get pregnant – from diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to stress management.

TCM Treatment Principle

We look at all aspects of your health and wellbeing from both a Chinese and Western medical perspective. We discuss all aspects of you and your partner’s health and general wellbeing, which including pre-conception planning, natural fertility care, assisted conception and pregnancy support. Infertility treatment in London is based on thousand years of knowledge of Chinese medicine. 

We will then put together a personalised treatment plan that combines Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to help you achieve a pregnancy either naturally or combined with assisted conception treatment such as IVF or IUI.

TCM recognises that different energies dominate each phase of your menstrual cycle. It is vitally important to understand the characteristics of your menstrual cycle and the Yin-Yang patterns, therefore your acupuncture points andherbal prescription may vary depending on your individual conditionand menstrual phases.

Acupuncture /TCM Supporting Assisted Conception

IVF is a biomedical procedure,and its poor success rate is widely acknowledged mainly due to implantation failure. Therefore, proper preparation is beneficial for a successful IVF cycle. TCM can help you produce the best response to IVF drugs, enhance your success rate of conception.

Several researches have shown that by using acupuncture with IVF can increase your success rate significantly, partially because it reduces the stress levels of patients. However, the adequate growth and sufficient thickness of the endometrium and the quality of egg is fundamental to any successful pregnancy.

These are some of the benefits of acupuncture when you are undergoing IVF attempt:

  • Support you physically and emotionally during this stressful procedure, relax your mind and soul;
  • Reduce some of the difficult side effects caused by some of the drugs;
  • Improve your response to hormonal stimulation and produce betterquality of eggs;
  • Increase blood flow to your pelvic area, consequentlyenhance the thickness of endometrium;
  • Calm your uterus to support implantation, maximise your chances of conception.

Questions and Answers

Finding it difficult to get pregnant?

There are many reasons why you might not get pregnant straight away through natural means. Worries and stress, for example, are factors that could stop you get pregnant. Diet may also have huge impact subject on pregnancy too.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, will improveyour physical and emotional health and harmonize your body’s Yin-Yang balance of both partners, in order to manage this situation.

Are you frustrated with unexplained infertility?

Often, even if a couple is unable to conceive, a fertility test might show a normal result, this can lead to a lot of frustration.

Generally, the reproductive system should be in a healthy condition to support fertility. This means that the Fallopian tubes are clear, the Uterus is healthy, the Sperm is good and the Hormone level is within the normal range. Should any of those conditions apply to you and you are not able to conceive, then, please talk to one of our experienced practitioners to find out how TCM could help you to find a way to resolve the problem.

Are you stressed with ovulation due to POF or PCOS?

Special acupuncture points combination and techniques have been shown to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs?will provide the ovaries and uterus with more nourishment. The increase in healthy blood flow can improve follicle and egg health and promote ovulation,and also enhance the womb lining to make a more hospitable environment for an embryo to implant, more importantly, the quality of eggs and subsequent embryos. This is especially true for women who have a poor prognosis either because of age or previously failed cycles.

Suffering with pains due to menstruation or endometriosis?

Period pain or dysmenorrhoea is usually occur when the muscular wall of the womb contracts and presses blood vessel, cutting off the oxygen supply to the womb and cause the pain. TCM view period pain as the circulation and Qi was blocked in the pelvic area, whichmay be caused by so called ‘cold womb’, or by endometriosis. So with our TCM, we can warm your womb, help to get rid of the blockage caused by endometriosis and improve the pelvic blood supply, therefore your period pain will be solved, and your womb will be very well nourished and ready for implantation.

Experiencing recurrent miscarriage?

Miscarriage affects approximately 25% of pregnant women. However, the most distressing experience for a couple is repeated miscarriage and won’t be sent for investigation until they have had at least three miscarriages. We, through TCM differentiation diagnosis, can offer extra understanding of your physiologic state to explain why you experiencing recurrent miscarriage and treat the root of your problem.For instance, it may be caused by Kidney Yang and Spleen Qi deficiency, which is related with the progesterone production.

Male factors infertility

Studies indicate that 30% of infertility is related to male factor problems. The cause of infertility can be from unknown factors or a combination of factors. Common reasons for male infertility are poor sperm count, poor sperm motility, poor morphology, ejaculatory disturbances and immunologic disorder.

TCM has demonstrated that it can increase the blood flow and strengthen the functions of male reproductive organs, improve sperm quality and quantity. Therefore, the female partner may not only have a better chance of conceiving naturally, but also have less risk of miscarriage or complications, or you can attempt less invasive and less expensive procedures such as IUI or IVF, instead of ICSI.

Requiring how many treatments?

The treatment including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are tailored to the individual, since each person’scondition is unique. The length of treatment differs. It usually take several months, although sometimes treatment works dramaticallywell and may only take a few sessions for you to get pregnant .The treatment is normally receivedweekly and sometimes it may be less than one week due to different phase of periods.

Worrying about not finding the right acupuncturist for your condition?

The infertility team brings together some of the most experienced practitioners in reproductive and gynaecology field. They have completed a thorough training of at least three years in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. They all are members of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (ATCM), or British Acupuncture Council, or both.They maintain common standards of education, ethics, discipline and practice to ensure the health and safety of the public at all times. They are covered by medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance.