Female Infertility – An Integrated Approach

by Hon Lee on June 6, 2013

We can treat female infertility by integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) protocols with an understanding of modern Western medicine to help the reproductive process.  This includes the use of acupuncture (AP) and Chinese herbs, along with diet and life style changes to influence reproductive physiology and optimize chances for conception. Our goal is to improve ovarian function, regulate estrogen and progesterone levels, and increase blood flow to the uterus that can help promote follicular development and also implantation of the embryo.

Treatments are timed according to the four phases of a patient’s menstrual cycle:

  • Phase 1 begins the first day of the period until menstrual flow ends. AP is administered and an herbal formula prescribed to help regulate menstruation, promote blood circulation, relieve pain, enable the healthy shedding of endometrial lining, relax the uterus, and calm emotions.
  • Phase 2 is the post-period stage.  AP is administered and a tonic formula is given to supplement blood and body fluids lost during menstruation and to encourage follicle and endometrial development.
  • Phase 3 is the ovulation stage. Our primary strategy is to help eggs mature and promote ovulation. Herbs are used and acupuncture is administered to enhance the surge of luteinizing hormone (LH), which then stimulates ovulation. To facilitate ovulation, herbs that mildly promote blood circulation are also added.
  • Phase 4 is the post-ovulation stage.  AP is administered and an herb formula is given during this luteal phase. The formula is composed of herbs that essentially raise progesterone levels, and thus help “warm the womb.”

Hon K. Lee is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Herndon, VA., and the founder of Sports Edge Acupuncture Clinic. He is also an author, teacher, martial arts instructor, qigong practitioner and a U.S. Marine combat veteran. Proceeds from the sale of his memoirs go to charities that benefit wounded warriors and their families.

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