There is a rich tradition of treating gynecological disorders and infertility in Chinese Medicine. Dating back to the Han Dynasty 2000 years ago the classic text The Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic discusses female development, menstruation and fertility in the very first chapter. Gynecology arose as a distinct field of study in the Song dynasty some 1000 years later when specializations within Chinese medicine flourished and developed.
Gynecological disorders are treated holistically in Chinese Medicine, as are most conditions that are treated with Chinese Medicine. So for example painful menstruation, which is often just treated with the birth control pill and NSAIDS in the bio-medical approach, is treated from a systemic point of view in Chinese Medicine. The immune response that creates an imbalance of prostaglandin synthesis, and the concurrent hormonal imbalance that is typically involved are treated together; to actually cure the pain and discomfort of dysmenorrhea not just ameliorate the symptoms.
This approach is utilized to treat a wide variety of menstrual disorders including irregular menstruation, painful menstruation, heavy menstruation, PCOS, amenorrhea, fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, PMS, migraines and headache associated with menstruation, acne associated with menstruation, chronic yeast infections, cervical dysplasia and menopausal syndrome. Pregnancy related disorders such as morning sickness, insomnia, breach presentation, pre-term labor, delayed labor, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes can also be treated with Chinese Medicine. Post-partum conditions are also treated such as insufficient lactation, post-partum depression, post-partum pain, post-partum incontinence are also treated.
Infertility is also treated with Chinese Medicine. Typically I work with patients for 3 to 6 months in order to restore hormonal balance to the body and improve fertility. The patient is seen once a week and may also be prescribed herbs if appropriate. In some cases treatment may be done twice a week, but this is normally not necessary. Usually the woman’s cycle is regulated in about 3 months times and pregnancy follows within the next 3 months, unless there are more complicated factors such as age-related infertility, fibroids or endometriosis.
In our practice we emphasize an integrative approach and can tailor the treatment to each individual patient. Some patients do not wish to pursue standard bio-medical fertility treatments, and some patients are already in the process of in-vitro fertilization or egg-donor procedures. We can individualize the treatment to either avoid bio-medical fertility treatments if applicable or to enhance bio-medical fertility treatments. We have a lot of experience with all types of infertility and can help formulate the best treatment strategy for success.
Over the years I have had countless patients successfully treat their gynecological conditions with Chinese Medicine. In many instances patients simply did not realize that they did not have to suffer with all of the symptoms associated with menstruation, pregnancy, the post-partum period and menopause.