A 2015 research review from Australia (40 randomized, controlled trials with more than 4,000 women) found that using Chinese herbal medicine doubled pregnancy rates within a three- to six-month period compared with Western fertility drug protocols. Creating the ideal whole-body environment for conception is key in improving fertility from a Chinese medicine perspective. The same should be true for any approach to fertility, in my opinion, but with the advent of assisted reproductive technology (ART), Western doctors bypass the bigger picture and focus on the uterus and ovaries. (Although many fertility clinics are now offering acupuncture as part of their services/protocols.)
I use acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas to regulate the menstrual cycle, correct hormonal imbalances, improve egg quality and uterine environment, reduce stress and boost your overall health. After an in-depth comprehensive history, I’ll create a personalized plan for you that involves weekly acupuncture and herbal medicine “prescriptions” and lifestyle suggestions. The herbs are formulated in extensively studied, safe, easy-to-take tinctures so you can bring them with you to work, on vacation, wherever you are. I also rely on basal body temperature (BBT) charting to formulate and verify my diagnosis, so committing to this via easy-to-use smartphone apps is very important. In short, I use time-tested techniques that are being studied in some of the most advanced clinics in the world, in combination with high-tech tools.
Since a third to 40 percent of infertility is due to “male factor,” — i.e., problems with the sperm — I also treat men in my clinic with both acupuncture and Chinese herbs. It takes three to six months to improve the sperm picture in men.
For the best results, you should give Chinese medicine at least three months and possibly upwards of six to create the ideal health environment and correct underlying problems before trying to conceive.