Chinese Herbal Medicine can Improve Fertility Outcomes Better than IVF

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Chinese Herbal Medicine can Improve Fertility Outcomes Better than IVF

Traditional Chinese Medicine is often used to address various menstrual and reproductive issues, such as PMS, painful periods, irregular periods, excessive bleeding, PCOS, and a host of other issues.  A lot of people have heard that TCM can improve fertility in both women and men.   TCM is also used to improve the outcomes of in vitro fertilization (IVF).  This month, a systematic review has been published showing that Chinese Herbal medicine may in fact be more successful than IVF in improving fertility.  The review, done by researchers from Adelaide University in Australia, compared 30 different studies involving 1851 women with infertilty.

The authors state: “Our review suggests that management of female infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medical fertility drug therapy or IVF. Assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to TCM diagnosis, appears to be fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility.” (boldface mine)

As with all TCM treatment the approach depends on the person being treated, but the main idea is to correct imbalances, either to improve the sperm quality in men, or to regulate hormones and ready the woman’s uterus for implantation.

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