Can Traditional Chinese Medicine Boost Fertility?
If you’re having a hard time conceiving, you might want to try out traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The practice, which involves herbal remedies and acupuncture to treat pain and disease, may also boost fertility and prevent miscarriage, according to a new study. In this research, performed by Tel Aviv University in the Journal of Integrative Medicine, TTCers who tried a combination of TCM and intrauterine insemination managed to speed up the conception process. Researchers compared the progress of 29 women between the ages of 30 and 45 who used IUI treatment with TCM to a group of 94 women between the ages of 28 and 46 who only received IUI treatment. Of the 29 women who combined intrauterine insemination with TCM, 65.5 percent were able to conceive and 41.4 percent delivered healthy babies. In the other group of women, 39.4 percent conceived and 26.9 percent delivered babies. The women who received TCM went through weekly acupuncture sessions and took Chinese herbal medicine.
As for the reason why traditional Chinese medicine helped women trying to get pregnant, researchers believe that TCM corrects imbalances in the body’s energy flow and promotes a sense of well-being. Herbal treatments and acupuncture may also enhance a woman’s ovulation, too. Hey, if it’s not going to harm you, we say why not give it a try?
Plus, more from The Bump:
More Pregnancy and Parenting News
10 Common Fertility Mistakes
Weird Fertility Terms Decoded
See More: Fertility and Ovulation
recently added questions