Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Overcome Infertility --Diagnosis of Infertility in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

As we mentioned in previous article, conventional medicine plays an important role in treating all kinds of disease and most of the time, it is the first treatment for a couple who for what ever reason cam not conceive after 1 year of unprotected sexual intercourse or can not carry the pregnancy to full term. Because of frustration and time and cost consuming, some people may turn to tradition Chinese medicine for infertile treatment In this article, we will discuss general view of traditional Chinese medicine in treating infertility.

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Unlike conventional treatment, traditional Chinese medicine treat each patient as a unique entity and believe a tiny microscopical change in the endocrine system can disrupt the entire mind-body complex, thereby, the treatment is focus in the underline causes of the diseases, including hormone imbalance and immunity causes of infertility. In this article we will discuss
diagnosis of infertility in traditional Chinese perspective

A. In Women

I. Definition
Traditional Chinese medicine besides views female infertility through diagnosis of 5 element theory, it also checks the function of kidney yin and yang as well as blood flow.

III. Diagnosis
1. Deficiency kidney yin
Women with abnormal menstruation including light discharge such as red and without clots, emaciation, dizziness, red tongue with little fur, insomnia and rapid pulse are considered as deficiency of kidney yin.

2. Deficiency kidney yang
Women with prolong menstrual cycle, no menstrual discharge, lower back pain, lack of sexual desire and slow pulse are considered as deficiency of kidney yang.

3. Blood deficiency
According to traditional Chinese medicine, blood stagnation is caused by weakened spleen organ, thereby, reducing the spleen function in blood formation causing not enough blood to be distributed to the body leading to no blood for menstruation. Women with symptoms of late menstruation with pale and scanty or absence of menstruation, dizziness, dry skin, pale tongue, pain in abdomen after menstruation and weak pulse.

4. Blood stagnation
Blood stagnation is normally caused by qi stagnation or qi deficiency in the liver leading to abdominal pain, clotted and dark menstrual flow, nervous tension, premenstrual breast tenderness, a slight purple-tongue and wiry pulse.

B. In Men

I. Definition
Traditional Chinese medicine beside views male infertility as if caused by imbalance of 5 elements in the theory, it also checks the function of kidney yin and yang, liver qi, stagnation of qi and blood as well as heat and dampness accumulation in the lower burner.

II. Diagnosis
1. Liver qi stagnation
Liver meridian blockage in the local area (genital) interferes with normal testicle functions, leading impotence, low libido and ejaculation.

2. Kidney deficiency
a) Kidney Yang deficiency
Men are considered kidney yang deficiency if they have symptom of low sexual desire, weak ejaculation, impotence, seminal emission, low sperm count, slow sperm mobility.

b) Kidney yin deficiency
According to TCM kidney is vital to maintain a healthy reproduction system in men and women alike. In men, infertility caused by kidney yin deficiency includes symptoms seminal emission, slow sperm mobility, low sperm count.

3. Stagnation of qi and blood
Stagnation of qi and blood is normally caused by weakened liver in fat and protein metabolism and spleen in blood formation leading nervous symptoms including worrisomeness, over-thinking, stress, chronic illness and impotence, low sperm count, short sperm life, slow sperm mobility.

4. Heat and dampness accumulation in the lower burner
Male suffered from heat and damp diseases is normally caused by over alcohol drinking and unhealthy diet including high in saturated and trans fat and spicy food leading to generally overweight, sperm count is low and sometimes sperm deformities.

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