Retrospective Research on Treating Infertility with Chinese Medicine
Article: The Effectiveness of Chinese Medicine in Treating Infertility in the Philippines
Author’s Key Points
- In following up on 572 out of 1653 infertility cases that were reported at St. Francis Natural Health Care (2006-2014), 173 infertility cases were chosen for review from the 370 success cases.
- Of these cases researched, all patients shared the same Chinese medicine differential diagnosis: Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency.
- Western medicine diagnosis for these same cases ranged from PCOS, to immune-related, endometriosis, uterus fibroids, premature ovarian failure, fallopian tube problem and “unexplained.”
- Of the 173 participants treating infertility, 98 received a combination of acupuncture (30 min sessions), moxa and Chinese herbal medicine treatment; while 75 participants opted out of herbs, going only with acupuncture and moxa.
- Average course of treatment was 6.5 months, with no herbs taken during menstruation.
Acupuncture points used
The main points used calm the Spirit, nourish qi and blood, gently move the blood, and warm the Spleen-Stomach:
- DU24, DU20, UB4 (bilateral), LIV3 (bilateral), ST36 (bilateral with moxa)
Follicular Phase Additions
During this phase, more yin tonics and local points are included in the prescription:
- SP8, R12, ST25 (bilateral), R4, EP Zi Gong Xue (bilateral), SP6 (bilateral), Master Tong Points Huan Chao and Fu Ke (alternate, L/R)
Luteal Phase Additions
Points added during this phase strengthen the Heart-Kidney-Tian Gui-Chong-Ren axis:
- P6 (left), H7 (right), K9 (bilateral), SP4 (right), K3 (left).
Chinese Herbal Formula Used
Yu Lin Zhu Formula
- Ren Shen 2-4g
- Bai Zhu 2g
- Fu Ling 2g
- Lu Jiao Zhuang 2-4g
- Shu Di 2-4g
- Dang Gui 2g
- Chuan Xiong 2g
- Tu Si Zi 2-4g
- Du Zhong 2-4g
- Bai Shao 2g
- Chuan Jiao 2g
- Zhi Gan Cao 2g
Patients were prescribed Yu Lin Zhu to warm the Spleen-Stomach and tonify the Heart-Kidney. They took one pack per day with warm water, divided into two doses. The following adjustments were made based on affecting factors:
Follicular phase additions
Increased dosage of yin tonics.
Luteal Phase Reductions
Removal of blood movers Chuan Xiong and Dang Gui.
In the case of Liver qi stagnation, Xiao Yao San was added at 4-6g.
In the case of blood stagnation, Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang was added during the ovulatory period at 4-6g.
In the case of Kidney deficiency with weak Ming Men fire, You Gui Wan was added at 4-8g.
How could all these women with diagnoses ranging from PCOS to endometriosis receive the same Chinese medicine diagnosis? It’s amazing, Chinese medicine! Our diagnostic system is notably different from Western medicine, we’re able to feel and see the different organs’ health through the pulse and tongue, as well as assess heat and cold in the body based on these same factors combined with other symptoms and signs. Want to experience it for yourself? Come on in for an appointment!