Chinese Medicine (CM), commonly referred to as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been used for thousands of years to promote health and alleviate symptoms associated with certain diseases. Fertility and gynecological disorders became a distinct TCM specialization which spawned many Chinese Medicine Gynecological texts as well as some texts about Male Reproductive health.
The basic philosophy of Chinese medicine is founded on the dual concepts of Yin and Yang and energetic balance and imbalance. When Yin and Yang are balanced the energies are dynamically stable and all our body systems function well. In TCM gynecology theory, if Yin and Yang are not balanced this can have a flow on effect and create an ‘unregulated menstrual cycle’ which can manifest in various ways such as irregular periods, poor ovulation or short luteal phase. The focus in TCM gynecology is on ‘regulating the menstrual cycle’.
Chinese medicine diagnostic methods
Chinese medicine uses diagnostic methods to assess the state of the Yin and Yang and determine the nature and location of the energetic imbalance. These diagnostic methods include feeling the pulse, palpating the abdomen, looking at the tongue and asking detailed questions.
East West Fertility uses these traditional diagnostic methods in combination with modern reproductive approaches such as charting the menstrual cycle, using ovulation kits and employing blood and ultrasound investigations to assess reproductive health.
Chinese medicine treatment methods
Chinese Medicine/TCM uses several therapies to address imbalance. The main therapies we use are:
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Dietary Therapy