Chinese herbal medicine for fertility

Chinese herbal medicine for fertility

Important scientific research on the efficacy of Chinese medicine for treating female infertility was published last month. The research examined the outcome of 22 pieces of independent research that included a total of 1,851 women who had been treated with either Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), western drug treatment or IVF in order to achieve pregnancy.

The research concluded that women treated with CHM had twice the likelihood of getting pregnant than those on IVF programmes, and 3.5 times the chance of those using western drug therapy (such as Clomid).

The women in the study had, on average, been diagnosed as infertile for 4.5 years. If you’re interested to read the detail, the full research paper can be found at Ried & Stuart (2011).

As well as achieving great results in fertility, I use acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat wide range of health complaints including stress & anxiety, skin problems, pain, and digestive & gynaecological issues. When you come for an initial consultation, I take a comprehensive medical history, analyse your symptoms and discuss your objectives for treatment. Based on this I will put together a detailed treatment plan.

Due to its popularity and history of use, significant scientific research has been conducted into the effectiveness of acupuncture and herbal medicine. There is a growing body of research that indicates that traditional uses of plant remedies and the known pharmacological activity of plant constituents often coincide.

However, herbal medicine is distinct from medicine based on pharmaceutical drugs. Firstly, because of the complexity of plant materials it is more balanced than medicine based on isolated active ingredients and is less likely to cause side effects. Secondly, because herbs are typically prescribed in combination, the different components of a formula balance each other, and undergo a mutual synergy that increases efficacy and enhances safety. Thirdly, herbal therapy is designed to achieve long-term results by encouraging the self-healing process rather than treating symptoms alone.

For more information or to book a consultation with our team please email us or call Gerard Frith on 0207 373 7763.

Gerard Frith

Gerard is the clinical director of Thrive Acupuncture, a leading London practice with clinics in Harley Street, Holborn and Camden Town – and now at Sabai Leela. He completed his degree in Acupuncture London, and has since undertaken further training in China. His personal style builds on traditional Chinese and Japanese techniques but incorporates modern clinical techniques that have been shown to be effective through scientific trial. Gerard is a member of both the British Acupuncture Council and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM). The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK (http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/).