What makes us fertile?
According to TCM theory the reproductive systems of human beings are mainly controlled by kidneys. The quality and quantity of the eggs and sperms are dominated by the kidney essence which is called JING or JING QI. The better the Jing the better the eggs and sperms.
Apart from the Jing’s production of the eggs and sperms, equally important are the planting and carrying of the fertilized eggs. These are the responsibilities of the kidney qi, blood and uterus. The quality of them will determine the whole pregnancy will be successful or not… How can we judge the quality of the kidney, blood and uterus? We will discuss this in the TCM diagnosis section.
What causes infertility?
Anything affecting or weakening the kidney, blood and uterus will cause infertility. The following are the most common causes:
Genetic defects or weakness, such as inherited weak genes.
Over consuming of our qi, blood and jing. Such as working to hard and too long without enough rest; too heavy menstrual bleeding; or too much sexual intercourse.
Emotional stagnation. Such as long term worries or depression.
Improper diet. Such as not eating enough food or lacking a wide range of the food.
Wrong medicine. Many medicines can damage the kidneys.
Directly weakening the reproductive system. The contraceptive pill, if used for too long, will also cause fertility problems. Simply they shut down the ovary (like an engine) If this happens over a long period this will cause the ovaries to shrink because of lack of use.
Wrong (or unnecessary) treatment e.g. D&C performed for too many young girls for unnecessary purpose. It can sometimes damage the lining of the uterus.
How do we treat infertility?
We treat the above 5 categories as follows:
1. Kidney deficiency
Herbal prescription — SU LING ZHU(ren shen, bai zhu, fu ling, bai shao yao, gan cao, dang gui, shu di huang, tu si zi, du zhong, lu jiao, chuan jiao)
Acupuncture — BL23, CV4, SP6, ST36, KI2, KI13.
2. Liver qi stagnation
Herbal prescription — KAI YU ZHONG YU TANG (dang gui, bai zhu, bai shao yao, fu ling, mu dan pi, xiang fu, tian hua feng)
Acupuncture — CV3,KI14, LR3, KI13, GB34, SP6.
3. Dampness and phlegm stagnation.
Herbal prescription — QI GONG WAN (fa ban xia, cang zhu, xiang fu, sheng qu, fu ling, chen pi, chuang xiong)
Acupuncture — CV3, ST30, ST40,SP6, SP9.
4. Blood deficiency
Herbal prescription — SI WU TANG (dang gui, chuan xiong, shao yao, shu di huang)
Acupuncture — ST36,CV6,SP6,SP9, BT20
5. Blood stagnation
Herbal prescription — XUE FU ZHU YU TANG (dang gui, sheng di huang, tao ren, hong hua, zhi ke, chi shao yao, chai hu, gan cao, jie geng, chuan xiong, niu xi)
Acupuncture — CV3,ST29, SP6, KI13.