December 28, 2012 by  
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Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine May be More Effective Than Western Medicine for Female Infertility

Reference: Complement Ther Med. 2011;19(6):319-331


Roughly 12% of women who are between 15 and 44 years of age report problems with fertility. The myriad causes of female infertility include amenorrhea, luteal phase defect, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, fallopian tube blockage or inflammation, and hyperprolactinemia. As many as 20% of cases go unexplained. Depending on the etiology, western biomedical interventions largely consist of surgery, medications, and assisted reproductive technologies (ART). In contrast, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for infertility may include herbal prescriptions, acupuncture, dietary changes, or exercises, often used in combination. Advocates of TCM as an alternative treatment for infertility point to the extreme expense and common adverse effects associated with western medical interventions. An Australian group set out to investigate the comparative effectiveness of these two highly divergent strategies.

Pooling the results of eight randomized controlled trials (RCTs) involving 1,005 women, the odds of achieving a pregnancy with Chinese Herbal Medicine over four months was 3.5 times greater than with Western Medicine drug therapy. The findings from this review imply that Chinese Herbal Medicine is significantly more effective at achieving pregnancy than Western Medicine drug therapy and possibly even ART.



Yours In Great Health,

Sar Rooney BHSc., ND., DC., DASc., GDSc. (Hons), MATMS, MNHAA, MHATO

Naturopathic Medicine Practitioner, Lecturer, Researcher


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