Traditional Chinese Medicine and Infertility

The Traditional Solution to a Modern Dilemma

By Paul J.O'Brien
B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Cert Clin. Med. M.T.C.M.C.I., M.C.Th.A.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Infertility is fascinating subject that presents a unique and personalized approach to treating infertility and conception difficulties. Unlike in Western Medicine the focus is often on physical obstruction, such as blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, poor egg quality or low sperm counts and motility.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Infertility however focuses on the balance of the whole person’s health, seeing the body as an interrelated and interconnected whole. Thus many things are taken in to consideration, not just the physical symptoms, but the emotional health and well being of the patient.

While there may, or may not be problems with the underlying structure of the reproductive mechanism, the Acupuncturists goal is to uncover the underlying pattern of disharmony that is preventing conception. This can be both physical and emotional in nature, as the Chinese Medical system encompasses both.

An acupuncturist must assess the whole of a person, not just analyze a specific problem and then administer a pre-determined treatment, as is done with western medicine. Each individual is different with different strength and weakness that must be accounted for.

I discuss this in great detail and explain both the Western Medical and Traditional Chinese Medical Viewpoints in this article - Acupuncture for Infertility; Understanding the Energy of Creation, which provides an introduction into the theory and practice of fertility treatments and also provides two detailed sample cases studies to further explain the point.

In the article I also discuss some of the leading studies that have shown Traditional Chinese Medicine and Infertility treatments to have great success rates, improving the chances of conception by over conventional treatments. Once study I mention, conducted by Dr. Wolfgang Paulus and colleagues at the Christian-Lauritzen-Institut in Ulm, Germany, found that the success rate of women who had undergone acupuncture was over 50% higher than those who had not.

You may also wish to read about Acupuncture and Male Infertility; Scientific Studies Clearly Show Stronger, Healthier Sperm. In this article I focus on the studies that have been presented to show the substantial increases Acupuncture can have in sperm motility, and morphology as well as the increases in number and overall health.

Once a diagnosis had been made as to the underlying cause of the problem one can begin Traditional Chinese Medicine and Infertility Treatments. This typically involves Acupuncture and the use of very small thin needle being placed in particular pre determined points to stimulate and regulate the reproductive process. The needles are extremely delicate and don’t in anyway cause pain or discomfort. In fact most patients feel a deeply relaxing and comforting warmth along the body.

This may be followed with a soothing and relaxing heat treatment and dietary advice and herbs to enhance the effect of Acupuncture Fertility Treatments. Each patient is seen one at a time, so that your time with me, is just that – there are no other patients being treated at the same time, so you may rest assured that the very highest levels of care and attention are with you. You can read one of my patients experiences below:

A Miracle 9 years in the the Making - Acupuncture WORKS!:

I originally met Paul while seeking relief for a back problem when the subject of fertility came up. It was January 2010 and myself and my husband had been trying for a baby unsuccessfully for 9 years.

During the conversation Paul informed me that he specialized in acupuncture as a fertility treatment. Obviously I was a little skeptical in the beginning as we had been though many I.V.F. cycles and other unsuccessful medical treatments. However Paul was certain it would be a success.

During the weekly appointments I experienced enormous relaxation and also great relief from the back pain whilst Paul was always confident of achieving his main goal of a successful pregnancy.

With less than one year of acupuncture treatment in December 2010 I finally found out that after ten years of trying, I had finally become pregnant!

The joy and relief of this wonderful news is hard to simply put into words. But what Paul has achieved is nothing short of genius. We will never be able to thank him enough.

I would recommend Paul and his clinic to anybody in a similar position as we had all but given up hope of ever becoming parents but as I write this we are 17 weeks pregnant and looking forward to our first scan in a matter of weeks.

Elaine Galvin, 35

UPDATE: Elaine has given birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy!!!!! Mother and Baby are doing great, and I wish Elaine and here family all the very best.

Read More Patient Testimonials Here

If you are trying to conceive, have a history of low or poor sperm health, miscarriage, or want to ensure the best possible health for both you and your child, then perhaps you should consider Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and Infertility Treatments.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Infertility Treatments that I provide or wish to start a course of treatment then please feel free to contact me or make an appointment where we can discus any specific concerns or questions you may have.


Ready to get started? Great. Call my clinic at 087 901 9627 so we can discuss your needs and set up the first appointment.


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