Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine form a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a profound and highly sophisticated medical system that dates back 3,000 years. It is still used in hospitals in China today, alongside western medicine, and is an integral part of the Gynaecology and Obstetrics Department. There is overwhelming evidence of its effectiveness in treating infertility and gynaecological conditions and it is for this reason that it is used as the principal form of treatment at Conceive. It has become steadily more recognized by the medical profession in the UK, and an increasing number of gynaecologists now work together with Chinese medical practitioners to support their treatment.
The aim of Chinese medicine is to treat the underlying disharmony that lies at the root of disease and improve wellbeing, rather than simply alleviating the symptoms. It derives its principles from the observation of nature and the cycle of the seasons, and is based on the Taoist principles of Yin and Yang, two opposing qualities that are interdependent and in a constant state of dynamic balance. When the balance becomes undermined, due to lifestyle, emotional, dietary, hereditary or climatic factors, toxins or trauma, illness may result.
Like Yin and Yang, the hormones, too, are in a constant state of dynamic flux. By balancing Yin and Yang, Chinese medicine is able to balance the hormones and treat a number of gynaecological disorders, including infertility.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can:
- lower stress hormones which interfere with ovulation
- regulate hormones by stimulating the hypothalamus, the regulatory control centre of all hormone activity
- increase endorphin production which, in turn, effects the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone
- promote blood circulation in the uterus, ovaries and testes
- improve ovarian function and follicular development
- increase fertile mucus
- thicken the lining of the uterus
- increase energy production in the cells
- boost and balance the immune system
- strengthen the digestive system and nourish the quality of the blood, increasing general health and well-being