Infertility in Women
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views the body as an interconnected system where imbalances can lead to various health issues, including infertility in women. TCM identifies several causes for infertility such as Simultaneous Deficiency of Energy and Blood, Yin Deficiency, Cold and Deficient Womb, Hot Blood, Liver Energy Congestion, and Dampness-Sputum.
Simultaneous Deficiency of Energy and Blood: Symptoms of this condition include fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, numbness of limbs, pale complexion, and irregular menstruation with a light menstrual flow. TCM aims to tone the energy and blood simultaneously and to tone the kidneys. The Ba-Zhen-Yi-Mu-Wan formula, containing a diverse range of ingredients like abalone, asparagus, and beef liver, is typically used.
Yin Deficiency: Symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, headaches in the afternoon, low fever, night sweats, dry mouth, dry throat, and constipation. The TCM treatment approach is to water the yin, clear the heat, nourish the blood, and regulate menstruation. Formulas like Yang-Jing-Zhong-Yu-Tang, Qing-Gu-Zi-Shen-Tang, or Qing-Xue-Yang-Yin-Tang are commonly used, containing ingredients such as bird's nest, cheese, and kidney beans.
Cold and Deficient Womb: Women with this condition may experience cold sensations in the lower abdomen or genitals, frequent miscarriages, underdevelopment of the womb, and thin, watery menstrual flow in a light color. TCM's approach is to warm the womb using a formula called Ai-Fu-Nuan-Gong-Wan, which includes cinnamon, kidneys, lobster, and sheep's milk.
Hot Blood: Symptoms include deep-red or violet menstrual flow, irregularity of menstrual periods, plentiful menstrual flow, and skin ulcers. The TCM treatment approach is to clear the heat in the blood. The Qing-Jing-Tang formula, including ingredients like bitter endive, cattail, and black fungus, is typically used.
Liver Energy Congestion: This condition is characterized by abdominal pain, convulsions, irregularity of menstrual periods, menstrual pain, morning sickness, and numbness. TCM aims to relax the liver and disperse energy congestion. The Xiao-Yao-San or De-Sheng-Dan formula, which includes brown sugar, garlic, turmeric, and kumquat, is commonly used.
Dampness-Sputum: Symptoms include dizziness, excessive whitish vaginal discharge, headaches, morning sickness, and light-red menstrual flow. The TCM approach is to strengthen the spleen and dry up dampness. The Qi-Gong-Wan formula, which includes adzuki bean, ambergris, barley, and common carp, is typically prescribed.
Remember to consult with a licensed healthcare provider before starting any treatment to discuss potential risks and benefits and to determine the most suitable therapy for your specific needs.