A modification of the famous formula, Shi Quan Da Bu Tang was shown to be effective in alleviating the signs and symptoms of Sheehan’s syndrome. This unfortunate complication of delivery can occur post pregnancy. It is marked by poor blood supply to the pituitary gland during delivery resulting in damage and reduced pituitary function. Infertility is a common sequelae of this syndrome.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the first reference to infectious disease appeared in Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic) compiled in the first or second century CE. This text discussed the presence of re bing (hot disease), which according to our understanding today, refers to the various types of infectious disease.1 Read more
There is so much international attention on the role of Asian medicine and the treatment of infertility! I feel that the future of health care is the blending of Eastern and Western medical techniques, which is why I am involved in two research studies examining the affects of acupuncture in combination with ART. The following is a link from the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) website listing just a few of these ground breaking studies.
In 1833 a Russian botanist named Alexander Von Burge gave a famous Chinese medicinal herb, Dan Shen the Latin name Salvia miltiorrhiza which literally means “to be saved”. Dan Shen was first noted in the oldest surviving Chinese herbal text written in 206 BCE. Traditionally Dan Shen was used to invigorate the blood, a function analogous to reducing blood coagulation and clotting. Its modern day applications include: prevention of atherosclerosis, prevention of and rehabilitation after certain types of strokes and lowering cholesterol and triglycerides. I use Dan Shen frequently in my practice. I have found that in addition to substantial changes in lab tests, Dan Shen effectively allievates subjective symptoms such as chest distress and costal (liver, gallbladder) pain. No wonder a modern day scientist named a traditional Chinese herb “to be saved”.
Please note: Dan Shen should not be combined with other herbs or drugs that thin the blood unless specifically prescribed by a medical professional. For best results patients should only take Dan Shen under the supervision of trained health care provider.
Doctoral Fellows John Nieters and Maureen Rozenn at the second affiliated hospital of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University.
For the last month I have been studying in China as part of my clinical Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) and my PhD in Integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine with a specialization in Women’s Health and Fertility.
So what exactly have I been doing all of this time, you ask?
· Intensive Gynecology study in an integrated TCM-Western setting.
o Hundreds of patients were successfully treated with custom herbal prescriptions every day.
o Treatment principals were based on both TCM diagnostics and Western lab and imaging tests such as hormone panels, pap smears, basil body temperature charts (BBT) and ultrasounds of the ovaries and uterus.
o Specific herbal formulas were used to treat infertility, irregular and painful menses, habitual miscarriages, PCOS, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and menopausal symptoms.
· Intensive Acupuncture study with my PhD adviser, Dr. Fang.
o A wide range of illnesses were treated with acupuncture in Dr. Fang’s busy clinic.
o Tinnitus, hearing loss, vertigo
o Neurological problems
§ Trigeminal neuralgia, numbness, sciatica, migraines
o Post partum issues
o Orthopedic diseases
§ Knee, back and muscle pain
§ Torn ligaments
§ Muscle atrophy
· Intensive Internal Medicine study of various topics:
o Childhood illnesses
o Cardiovascular diseases
o Dietary modifications to promote health and vitality
o Modern applications of ancient herbal formulas for:
§ Liver disease
§ Autoimmune disease
Dang Gui (Radicis angelicae sinensis) is traditionally used to regulate the menstrual cycle, reduce menstrual cramps, strengthen the blood and support overall energy and health. Several studies have found that Dan Gui has both an invigorating and stabilizing effect on the uterus, making it an idea herb to regulate menstruation. In addition it has been reported to have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects.
Shu Di Huang (Radix rehmanniae preparata) is also traditionally used to strengthen the blood and regulate menstruation. Research shows that this herb can influence the endocrine system through regulating various feedback signals to the pituitary gland (this gland plays a key role in fertility).
Yi Mu Cao (Herba leonuri), also known as “Motherwort”, is one of the most commonly used herbs in Chinese medicine to promote blood circulation in the uterus, regulate menstruation and enhance fertility. This herb’s ability to increase circulation has the action of stimulating the egg’s decent down the fallopian tube into the uterus.
Ba Ji Tian (Radix rorindae officinalis) and Yin Yang Huo (Herba epimedii) are known as Yang tonics in Chinese medicine. They promote ovulation and are used to treat anovulatory conditions such as premature ovarian failure and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Studies have demonstrated their ability to influence the endocrine system and stimulate hormonal secretion.
* Note. These herbs are powerful and useful medicinals which should only be used under the supervision of a health care professional trained in Chinese medical theory, treatments and herbal therapy. They influence the reproductive system and uterus, thus they should not be used in pregnancy unless specifically prescribed by a licensed health care provider.