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Infertility from the Chinese Medicine Perspecitve

Updated: Aug 5, 2019


The studies that I've seen really can improve the infertility rates by several percent to 10 to 15% over time. And I think that giving you that initial boost to make it a more positive outcome, and also trying to do this, not because we do better than the gynecologist too, but to make you have the opportunity to get pregnant is useful for everyone involved.



. . . you have to really cleanse the uterus and make it more available and able to support a pregnancy. So formulas are used to help improve the flow in your cycle, reduce the cramps, and then after that week is done, the first week that we start with is to really rebuild that blood that you've lost so that the nutrition as it is in Chinese medicine works much better.

My name is butch Levy. I am the senior practitioner at integrated medical care. I wanted to present a little bit of information this morning on infertility as practiced from the Chinese medicine perspective. I'm finding that there are two categories of infertility that I see primarily in my practice. I do find that most reproductive gynecology endocrinologist have a great support of using acupuncture when they're doing IVF to support patients. What I have found is that working together there can be an improvement in the, the chances of getting pregnant by doing some what would be considered straightforward aspects in the Chinese model, the two kinds of infertility that I normally see are the group of women in their twenties and thirties that everything seems to be going really well. It's all normal, and they just can't seem to get pregnant. That group of people really needs to have their system much more balanced. What I find is is that they usually have some change in their normal menstrual cycle, maybe a day longer, a day shorter or longer flow or a heavier flow. And what that implies in the Chinese model is that there are different imbalances in the energy and what's considered the nutrient, the blood, and how that's actually moving through the body in a in a more rhythmic manner. So what you find is is that there are unique centuries old formulas in Chinese medicine that are actually given during each week of your menstrual cycle, starting with your menstrual period. What you often will find is is that you have to really cleanse the uterus and make it more available and able to support a pregnancy. So formulas are used to help improve the flow in your cycle, reduce the cramps, and then after that week is done, the first week that we start with is to really rebuild that blood that you've lost so that the nutrition as it is in Chinese medicine works much better. Blood is also considered a yin component of the body. So we rebuild that blood Indian, which would be the second week essentially. Then the third week is kind of that energy needed to really support that ovulation and the egg being sent from the ovary into the tube and uterus and there are herbs specifically to warm the body and improve that energy through the next week. And then there is usually a fourth formula used in that last week to both support a potential pregnancy and kind of balance the system as it moves closer and closer towards the end of the cycle. Oftentimes doing that for three months with change in specific dietary recommendations is very successful in helping women get pregnant. The second phase is often with women that have had careers or had children early on and now as they approach 40 really would like to have another child. What I often find in those women is they're receiving a number of drugs to help population to help them support the hormonal balance and help the brain work better. And what we find is, is a lot of those women, as I often describe it, their bank account has become a pretty weak. They've really over their course of their life, have used up those essential ingredients that they need to support a pregnancy. And it's hard to draw from those to make the pregnancy work. I have found that there are some classical, a several hundred year old formulas and supports utilized in Chinese medicine herbs and also some very strong supportive acupuncture treatments that do a great deal in helping just support a woman trying to get pregnant. And what that does is it actually from the reproductive side of it for gynecology is it actually helps develop better eggs. It also helps support the production of more eggs in the follicular. It actually improves ovulation and it also provides a May Lu that if you do get pregnant as better supported by the body by having strengthened it up. So strength and balance become an important issue and that often can take, you know, at least three months, sometimes even longer. I think the biggest issue is recognizing that you're moving in a direction that you're continuing to improve the ability to have a positive outcome and using the Japanese style of verbal diagnosis, which is called Fukushima, and you can actually see strengthened patterns changing in the abdomen and the pulse has changed dramatically. And using those things along with often ear acupuncture, which kind of accesses a lot of the hormonal variations in the hypothalamus, in the brain in an indirect way, you can really make a huge difference. The studies that I've seen really can improve the infertility rates by several percent to 10 to 15% over time. And I think that giving you that initial boost to make it a more positive outcome, and also trying to do this, not because we do better than the gynecologist too, but to make you have the opportunity to get pregnant is useful for everyone involved.

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