TCM Fertility Planning


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) suggests that there are three main causes of infertility: deficiency syndrome, stagnancy syndrome and heat syndrome.

  1. The deficiency syndrome prevents the hormonal system from properly influencing the sexual and reproductive functions.
  2. The stagnancy syndrome prevents the sexual and reproductive organs from functioning despite normal hormone levels and a normal ability to respond to hormones. This has the impact of restricting circulation to tissues. Fertility issues caused by being overweight belong to this category. In such cases, depending on the patient’s condition, we might recommend the patient to undergo TCM Weight Management Treatment program to reduce his/her weight first. There are cases whereby the patients conceived naturally after losing weight.
  3. The heat syndrome may be associated with an infection or inflammatory process. It can produce abnormal semen quality leading to male infertility, while gynecologic infections can maintain female infertility by blocking the passages, altering the mucous membrane conditions or influencing the local temperature.

All three syndromes can be treated with Chinese herbs, acupuncture or a combination of both. These traditional Chinese approaches can also be combined with Western medicine in treating infertility.

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Evidence of using herbs to treat infertility dates back to around 2,000 years ago. With the cultural importance of family, it is no wonder that TCM has been used to treat infertility for thousands of years.

In a study published in International Review of Neurobiology in 2017, research shows that Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) improved sperm motility and quality, increased sperm count and rebalanced inadequate hormone levels, and adjusted immune functions leading to the increased number of fertility. Further, CHM in combination with conventional therapies improved efficacy of conventional treatments.

CHM also helps with female fertility issues. In a study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 2015 suggests that management of female infertility with Chinese herbal medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 3–6 month period.

TCM practitioners treat infertility by getting to the deeper, underlying root of the problem, instead of treating the most apparent problem. Like and architect, TCM practitioners believe that the foundation is most important in a “home” or body. Therefore, they strive to balance the “foundation” of the body. Once the foundation of the body is healthy and qi (life energy) flows freely throughout the body, the body should be able to correct the problem of infertility on its own.

In general, the use of Chinese Herbal Medicine typically take around six months to restore fertility, however please note that individual’s condition might defer.


Acupuncture is another effective way of restoring fertility. It can be used as a complementary treatment with Chinese herbs, Western medicine or both.

Acupuncture helps qi flow through the body along pathways, also known as meridians.  It aims to balance this flow by stimulating points along the meridians with thin needles. Acupuncture aids in blood flow to the reproductive organs and stabilizes hormone levels. This will increase ovarian function in women and sperm production in men.

A German study published in 2002 showed that acupuncture may be helpful to couples undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Of 80 women in the study who underwent IVF and received acupuncture, 34 women got pregnant. Of another 80 women who only received IVF without acupuncture treatment, only 21 women became pregnant. A later American study revealed similar results, showing that 51 percent of the women who had both acupuncture and IVF treatments became pregnant, while only 36 percent of the women who only received IVF treatment without acupuncture became pregnant.

Acupuncture also helps with men’s sperm count and sperm quality. In a study published in Fertility and Sterility in 2005, men who received acupuncture had fewer structural defects in sperm and an increase in the number of normal sperm than men who received no acupuncture.

If the herbal and acupuncture treatments succeed, not only will there be restored fertility in the patient, but he or she should feel better as a whole, because the TCM practitioner would have created balance throughout the entire body.

The use of TCM in treating fertility problems is practiced in many western countries, here is a news report on how Acupuncture is being used to help ladies conceive in the United States of America.

Treatment Program

(a) Chinese Herbal Medicine treatment (in the form of Powder, Syrup and Tablet/Pills) based on an overall analysis of the illness and the patient’s condition in conjunction with modern medical diagnosis.
(b) Periodical consultation based on the menstruation cycle.
(c) If the male partner is found to have reproductive problems, treatment by Chinese Traditional Medicine will be carried out simultaneously.

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