What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pregnancy?
In Chinese medicine, there are certain rules for living life within natural laws. The belief is that our health is governed by a vital life force, known as qi (pronounced chee), which flows through certain invisible pathways called meridians. Most of the principal meridians are named after the major internal organs through which they pass. TCM takes a holistic view of disease, treating the body as a whole. When the qi becomes unbalanced, illness develops. Symptoms indicate an imbalance in the meridian of one or more organs. Each organ displays a specific pattern of disharmony that the practitioner diagnoses through observation and analysis of symptoms.
Treatment is provided to restore the flow of qi and thereby restore the body’s balance. TCM uses different forms of treatment including herbal medicine, massage, and acupuncture. I do not use or advise patients to use herbal medicine, because of a possible adverse drug-nutrient interaction. I do, however, use acupuncture and massage, both of which I believe can help a woman who is trying to conceive.
There is increasing evidence that acupuncture and electro-acupuncture can have fertility-boosting effects, as well as helping certain medical conditions.
I use acupuncture in my clinic, both to help women conceive naturally and to help those who are going through IVF. There has been an increasing number of studies carried out into the benefits of acupuncture, but still more need to be done. One of the biggest obstacles is the absence of a single standard of care, making a full clinical trial not possible as things currently stand. However, many medical doctors are convinced of its benefits and would like to increase its use for a wide variety of ailments.