Fertility support: Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Australian researchers at Adelaide University have created hope for women suffering from infertility as a recent study sheds new light on effectively treating women with infertility issues with Traditional Chinese Medicine. The research, titled "Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the managementof female infertility: A systematic review" concluded 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. This article also concluded that assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to TCM diagnosis, appears to be fundamental tosuccessful treatment of female infertility.

The research, funded by the Australian government (Primary Health Care Research Evaluation Development (PHCRED) Program), mentioned the likelihood of achieving pregnancy with Chinese herbal medicine was double according to the study authors, "Our meta-analyses suggest Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine to be more effective in the treatment of female infertility achieving on average a 60% pregnancy rate over 4 months compared with 30% achieved with standard western drug treatment, or IVF over 12 months."

This is similar to what I have found in my acupuncture and herbal practice in Austin, TX where I focus on balancing and healing the body to increase the chance of pregnancy, so that women may conceive naturally.

 



I get chronic migraines - bad ones that last for days!!  Today I was on day 3 of a migraine that I'd rate an 8 out of 10 on the pain scale. I did a google search for "acupuncture migraines Austin" and came across the positive reviews on Yelp for Honeysuckle Acupuncture and knew I had to give them a try immediately.  I left a message before they opened and got a call back an hour and a half later and an appointment scheduled for 11:30 that morning.

All I can say is THANK GOD for Dr. Liu!!!!!  He spent 2 hours with me, and in addition to doing acupuncture he also did massage and acupressure on my scalp, face, neck, and back, as well as cupping on my back and neck and he even pricked one of my fingers to squeeze blood out of it to "release stress" which sounds really crazy but I could actually feel it working!!!!!

I feel like a human being again instead of someone who had been asking everyone I came in contact with to please shoot me in the face because I was in so much pain!!!

If anything, my migraine is now a 1 out of 10.  I've been to a lot of acupuncturists in several cities including San Francisco, and I think this was the best experience I've ever had.  I am so relieved to know I no longer have to suffer like I had been.

Emily R.

From Yelp http://www.yelp.com/biz/honeysuckle-acupuncture-austin-2