In recent years, discussion about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine’s influence on fertility and pregnancy has increased substantially, and there is a growing body of research evaluating these effects. In Chinese hospitals, these modalities have, for decades, been used to support both men and women on their journeys to achieve healthy pregnancies and babies. However the research to date, although promising, is not yet sufficient to be incorporated into clinical practice guidelines in Australia. Traditional Chinese medicine views the body differently to Western medicine (we don’t use the same biomedical paradigm) and as a consequence there is an inherent difficulty in demonstrating acupuncture and Chinese herbalisms effectiveness in terms of Western medical protocols. Despite this, researchers all around the world, are actively investigating their use in the following areas and their effects on:
It is clear that more research is needed into the use of Chinese medicine in the field of fertility and pregnancy. However, the general consensus from those who have had acupuncture and Chinese herbs, through what is for some a very stressful time, is that they have benefitted considerably; feeling more proactive, relaxed, supported and nurtured.
For any queries regarding treatments, please don't hesitate to contact us. And always, consult your Western medical practitioner to discuss whether or not acupuncture and Chinese herbalism might be useful for you.