Chinese herbs have been used for approximately 2500 years to treat a wide array of health problems. Herbal medicines enhance fertility by supporting the natural functions of the ovulation and fertility process.
For those choosing to have a tailored herbal program to enhance fertility, it requires a healthcare provider specifically trained and qualified in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine who has a full understanding of each herb and when combined they affect different aspects of your fertility.
One of the purposes of prescribing herbal medicines is to increase ovarian function. Therefore, individuals who are taking birth control pills, Antigon/Cetrotide or Lupron should not take herbs. Because these medications are used to impede or lessen ovarian function they have the opposite desired effect of herbs.
The effects of herbal medicines are generally cumulative, and the clinical effects of treating the infertile couple are usually seen after 60-120 days. Herbs are also cycle-dependent.
They require the entire menstrual cycle to be effective, and work best with multiple cycles. This means that if, for instance, a woman decides to have an in vitro Fertilization: IVF transfer within a week, she should avoid a one off herbal treatment but plan in advance to have a full treatment program as Herbs and Acupuncture have been shown to increase the chances of IVF by 60%.
The herbs enhance the effects of the gonadotropins, and they do not pose the risk of OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome).
These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs and their ability to help with Infertility.
Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC, focusing on Female Infertility with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from Harley Street, London.
Make an appointment for an acupuncture or Herbs treatment and we can discuss how we can help you if you suffer from Infertility, to read more about Eca click here or to read more about TCM and increasing your chances fertility click here.