If you are trying to have a baby and it is not happening as quickly as you expected, you may wonder if you have an infertility issue, that means not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying (or six months if a woman is 35 or older). Most common causes of infertility are endometriosis, ovulation problems, poor egg quality, polycystic overy syndrome (PCOS), and tube blockages. In some cases, there are no reasons from above and the infertility issue may still been found.
With TCM views, infertility tends to arise from three prominent causes: deficiency, stagnancy, or heat syndrome. For each case, according to different cause, using acupuncture or/and herbal medicine can nourish qi and blood, activate blood, resolve stasis, regulate kidney and liver, and rectify the underlying imbalance to restore normal functions.
With Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have a long history of use for helping fertility. At present time, acupuncture and herbal medicine are two of the most commonly alternative-treatments for infertility. In addition, some studies have found that having acupuncture before and after IVF treatment could help increase the successful rate.