According to the Ancient Chinese everything in the universe can be separated into 2 categories, which are called Yin & Yang. Yin is the female quality; darkness, night, substance, moisture etc. Yang is the male quality of light, movement, sun, day etc.

The same is true of fertility. The yin part of the menstrual cycle involves the production of estrogen and the development of an egg. The yang part of the cycle involves the production of progesterone and the maintenance of any developing pregnancy.

Over thousands of years the Chinese have studied the ebb and flow of the menstrual cycle and the problems which may impede it. As a result, there is a rich knowledge of the mechanisms which prevent fertility. Many herbal formulas have been developed to encourage the production of estrogen and progesterone, safely and by nourishing the body to produce its own hormones in sufficient amounts. Acupuncture also encourages the smooth flow of energy and blood throughout the body to help this process.

The following problems can be resolved using Chinese herbs & acupuncture

1 High levels of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH).

This may be a sign of Premature Ovarian Failure. Even though a woman with high FSH may have a low ovarian reserve, Chinese medicine is effective at encouraging the follicular development of an egg for fertilisation. Only 1 egg is necessary for fertilisation, even if there is a low reserve. In Chinese medicine this problem would be described as a lack of Yin in the body.

2 Luteal Phase Defect

In Chinese medicine this problem was described by the Ancient Chinese as a ‘cold womb’. Interestingly, this corresponds with modern knowledge of the effects of progesterone on the body. A Basal Body Temperature Chart will clearly show a rise in temperature in the second half of the menstrual cycle, the Luteal Phase. A warming and fertility enhancing herbal prescription can increase the levels of progesterone and improve any problems with an existing Luteal Phase Defect. A lack of progesterone would be described by the Ancient Chinese as a lack of Yang in the body.

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