In TCM there is a method where the female fertility treatment is based on the cycle as follows:-
Day 1 to 10 – Nourish Kidney Yin (endometrium thickening, dominant follicle
Day 11 to 14 – Promote qi and blood circulation (cervix produces mucus, ovulation)
Day 15-24 – Tonify Kidney Yang ( Fertilisation, corpus luteum forms, embryo passes down fallopian tubes
Day 25 – 28 – Promote qi and blood circulation (Embryo implants, the blastocyst implants in the uterine wall)
Different acupuncture points are used in different stages and the herbal prescriptions. This Plan promotes fertility in women effectively. 70 studies from 1980 – 2000 show that acupuncture is effective for infertility, the total effective rate is 81.34 – 81.07% according to Nanjing University research.
The decrease in sperm count dropped 45% from 1990 due to increased exposure to environmental pollutants during the patients time in the womb or later in life. Pollutants such as PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls, dioxin and several pesticides such as DDT, solvents adhesives, inks/paint, act like estrogens or anti-androgens. Other causes are cell phone radiation, kitchen & bathroom cleaners, clothes detergents, exposure to herbicides/pesticides, mercury & lead poisons, car exhausts, cash register receipts, chemicals such as EDC (Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals) which is an in utero disrupter which alters the sex hormone balance.
The fact that it takes 2 to 3 months for sperm to form, this is how long a patient needs treatment with acupuncture and herbal prescriptions for male infertility to at least begin to work. This treatment is focused on treating Kidney yin or yang deficiency and secondary qi and blood stasis. In cases where there is a bacterial infection, treatment with an antibiotic such as amoxicillin will be effective.
In Chinese medicine cold and flu are in the category invasion of exterior wind which can be cold, heat, damp or dry type. Invasion of wind cold and wind heat are the most common types. Symptoms would be shivering, aversion to cold, low fever, no sweating, occipital headache, stiff neck, body ache, slight cough, runny nose with white dischage and sneezing. Treatment is acupuncture treatments plus herbs. Wind heat type is shivering, fever, slight sweating, runny nose with yellow discharge, headache, body ache, cough, sore throat, swollen throat, slight thirst, red tongue, floating rapid pulse, treatment is Acupuncture plus herbs. Acupuncture and herbs expel pathogens from the body and strengthen the body to promote recovery.
PCOS is defined as a disorder of ovulation which affects the menstrual cycle. The majority of women have insulin resistance and elevated insulin levels. The ovaries are much larger with multiple rows of cysts covered with a thick waxy outer coating. These cysts produce male hormones called androgens. Androgens block follicular development and cause the follicles to degenerate preventing the release of mature eggs. In Chinese medicine, it is both an excess and deficient condition and the organs involved are spleen, kidney and liver. There are different syndromes involved based on a patients case history and a treatment plan is devised treating the cause whether it is kidney, spleen or liver syndromes. Chinese medicine and acupuncture promote ovulation, improves egg quality and supports conception and prevents a miscarriage when a pregnancy is achieved. Dietary changes would be recommended i.e. cutting out all forms of refined sugar and carbohydrates.
TCM offers a broad approach to support the IVF procedure. Both of these procedures can reduce the risk of miscarriage by supporting the female during her entire pregnancy. A large number of patients who have tried IVF several times and were unsuccessful have soon become pregnant after Chinese Medical treatments. In clinical observations, the ultrasound shows that after acupuncture the color of women’s ovaries changes from cloudy to bright and clear. The follicles usually double in number the lining of the uterus becomes thicker, and the number of embryos increases significantly. Patients experience fewer side effects from western drugs and fell more at ease and happy. Male patients greatly benefit their success rate with acupuncture in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine. Advantages of acupuncture are as follows; 1.Improve function of ovaries to produce better quality eggs, 2.Regulate the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles, 3.Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining, 4.Relax the patient and decrease their stress, 5.Prevent the uterus from contracting, 6.Lessen the side effects of drugs used in IVF, 7. Strengthen the immune system 8.Improve semen to create better quality and quantity of embryos 9. Decrease chances of miscarriage.
Acupuncture is used during pregnancy for many conditions as follows:-
Early pregnancy – nourish the fetus therapy
Constipation and hemorrhoids
Low Back pain, pelvic and hip pain
Cold & flu
Breech and posterior positioned babies – ideally week 34-36
Natural induction with acupuncture
Prebirth acupuncture to prepare for labour
The chief symptom of tiredness is exhaustion which is a deficiency of the bodys qi and can be caused by overexertion. The excess conditions causing tiredness are liver conditions, phlegm and damp in the body causing obstructions. Injuries to qi, blood, muscles, tendons, bones whereby the following organs themselves are injured, spleen, liver, kidneys, lungs, heart and brain. Also exposure to weather wind, cold damp can cause exhaustion. The spleen & lungs are the first organs to cause exhaustion. Aetiology, weak constitution, overwork, physical overexertion, poor diet, severe illness (influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia, whooping cough, measles meningitis, common cold, upper respiratory infection, childbirth, recreational drugs. Based on what the symptoms are, the treatment is repairing the following, 1. Lung deficiency, 2. spleen deficiency, 3.heart deficiency, 4. kidney deficiency, liver deficiency, blood deficiency. Common diseases which are in this category are chronic nephritis, Glandular fever, ME, carcinoma, addisons disease, HIV, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus and anaemia. The treatment is relevant acupuncture points and relevant herbal prescription to achieve a successful outcome.
Treatment of Hayfever (Allergic Rhinitis) with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Causative factors: 1.cold and insufficiency of lung qi weakening the body resistance, insufficiency of 2.spleen qi and 3.kidney yang deficiency failing to warm the body. 4.Heat accumulated in the lung channel where symptoms are yellow discharge and a rapid pulse. Acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine regulates the immunological function of the human body, thus giving therapeutic effects. Symptoms: nasal itching, frequency sneezing, nasal obstruction, itching of the eyes, watery nasal discharge, aversion to wind and cold, shortness of breath & disinclination to talk, swelling in the interior nasal concha with watery secretions from the bottom of the nasal cavity. Allergies to house dust, animal hair, chemicals, pollen, feathers are a trigger for the above condition …The chief treatments are Acupuncture, herbal prescriptions and auricular acupuncture for this case with immediate results. Improving the function of the above mentioned organs is the strategy to alleviate the problem strengthening the body.
Acne Vulgaris is a chronic inflammation of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Occurring in adolescence and presenting as skin lesions that become red inflamed papules and sometimes developing into nodules/cysts/abscesses/ulcerations. Acne occurs on the face, neck, upper part of the chest and back. Organs involved in Chinese medicine are the Kidney the Lungs, with some stomach involvement along with pathogens in the body which are blood heat, phlegm and toxic heat. Other pathogens like dryness (deficiency of liver blood), wind (itchy skin)and blood stasis (bluish color) do have an involvement in this case. There are a couple of differentiations and treatment of this common syndromes 1. Blood heat, hence the red nature of the papules, burning feeling, itching 2, Phlegm-accumulation, cystic acne 3. Toxic heat type inflamed skin, malar flush, scattered inflamed nodules, acnes abscesses on the face. Acupuncture treatment of the patient is Facial Acupuncture, distal acupuncture points on the body and herbs to take in pill form and lotions to calm the skin and clear up infections. Diet should be less greasy food, avoid heavy dairy and spicy food whilst increasing your diet with more green organic fruit & veg and drinking more water at room temperature and exercising. Try A natural facial scrub is recommend i.e. sea salt