As we mentioned in previous articles, conventional medicine plays an important role and most of the time, it is the first treatment for a couple who for whatever reason cannot conceive after 1 year of unprotected sexual intercourse. Because of frustration, time and cost consuming, some people may turn to tradition Chinese medicine for treatment. In this article, we will discuss how to treat hormonal imbalance in traditional Chinese medicine perspective.
Unlike conventional medication, traditional Chinese medicine treats the body as a whole and each patient is treated as one unique entity. It is difficult to prescribe one method for all patients, but in general, here are some general methods which have been used for over thousands of years in treating infertility:
I. In general
After taking personal files and past personal medical records, your TCM practitioner usually examines:
1. Your body and facial appearance
Believe it or not, your body and facial appearance will give your herbalist some idea about your conditions. If you have a pale facial appearance, he or she may suspect that you have yang qi deficiency.
2. Pulse reading
There are 2 types of pulses:
a) Heart pulse
Your heart pulse will tell your herbalist how your heart works. The different reading of irregular fast or slow pulses may contribute to different types of deficiency
b) Kidney pulse
Kidney pulse is especially important for treatment of infertility, as Chinese traditional medicine views the kidney as a reproductive system regulator. Any deficiency may distort the menstrual cycle in women and lower sperm quality in men.
3. Reading your tongue
Any deficiency or stagnation of qi and blood will be seen in the tongue color, taste buds, etc.
After diagnosing your problem through initial examination, reading your personal medical files and assuming that your infertility problem is not caused by structure problems:
You may be asked to gain or lose some weight. The traditional Chinese medicine views the best weight for conception is 5-10 over the BMI normal range.
It is hard to believe that some women engaging in running or playing some kind of sport which seem to be healthy, but they may contribute to infertility as a result of the brain's primitive reaction to certain environments.
3. Life style change
You may need to stop alcohol drinking completely, if your herbalist suspects that alcohol has certain effects in your liver function.
if smoking interferes with your persistent condition, you will be asked to quit smoking. Don't worry, they have very good stopping smoking techniques as long as you are cooperative.
You may be asked to do some very moderate exercising to improve blood flow to your body and reduce stress to your nervous system, including walking, tai chi, and yoga
It is one of the oldest traditional Chinese medicine treatments. If your herbalist suspects that blood or qi stagnation, or imbalance of chi have interfered with the normal function of your body, leading to the underline disease then you may be required for a few sessions of acupuncture. By applying the needle in the exact meridian point, it helps to relieve the causes.
If the underline cause is pain related, then acupressure may be needed to stop pain or release muscle tension.
6. Breathing techniques
It helps to relieve symptoms of nervous tension including emotional and physical stress, anxiety, and depression. It is especially useful for stress causes of infertility, such as working in the stress occupation and women who are under constant stress.
In Chinese medicine, foods are classified into five groups:
You may be ask to add some specific types of food into your diet and reduce the other if your herbalist suspects that your diet has interfered with the normal function in your body or other specific organs. Women with kidney yang deficiency is required to add more warm and hot food into their diet.
8. Vitamins and minerals
When it is necessary, you will be asked to take certain vitamin and mineral supplements to improve your body deficiency.
If medicine is necessary, herbs will be given to restore the overall health.
There are many other types of method which traditional Chinese medicine uses to treat underline causes of infertility and they believe each individual is unique, there are no one types of treatment for all.
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