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Chinese Herbal Medicine and Fertility

Chinese Herbal Medicine represents the highest form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese Herbal Medicine has been used for over 2000 years for therapeutic effect and is the most advanced form of herbal therapy in the world today. In modern times, it is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, and is commonly used today in gynecology and pediatrics. Today, the Materia Medica, published by the Ministry of Health of China contains over ten thousand herbal and medicinal substances, the majority of these substances being from plant sources. Each medicinal substance has properties and traditional uses that have proven to be effective for specific conditions through years of usage. The medicinal substances contain a wide variety of pharmacological and nutritional ingredients.

Chinese HerbsChinese medicinal formulas usually contain anywhere from 4 to 20 herbs in particular combinations, and are generally customized to an individual's specific diagnosis and condition. Chinese medicinal formulas will vary from patient to patient in the clinical setting. The formulas can be prescribed in many forms. Raw herbs and powders are mostly used in infertility conditions as they can be customized to suit the individual. Raw herbs are taken in a brewed tea form, the tea form being the strongest medicinal effect. Powders are more convenient, particularly in a busy life style or travel when brewing the teas can be difficult. Powders are more quickly absorbed and stronger acting than pills or tablets. The herbs can also be taken in many other forms such as capsule, pill, and tincture.

Chinese medicinal formulas are generally taken away from meals - at least ½ hour before a meal or 2 hours after a meal.

Chinese herbal medicine is used to increase the effectiveness of drug treatments, reduce their side effects, and sometimes replace the drugs completely. Herbal medicine is effective to treat various aspects of gynecology and infertility (both male and female), from regulating the menses and regulating hormone levels, to treating such disorders as luteal phase defect, endometriosis, PCOS, male factor infertility, and immunological infertility.