Traditional Chinese medicine has been around for more than 4000 years, long before the existence of conventional medicine, it also has proven as one of most effective herbal medicine in treating infertility, because of the traditional culture and social value. Since there are many microscopic change and many causes can influence the chance of fertility,traditional Chinese medicine practitioners must take all of them into consideration for making an accurate diagnosis.
Traditional Chinese medicine beside views female 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, blood deficiency, damp phlegm as well as heat and dampness accumulation in the lower burner.
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A. Kidney yang deficiency
Kidney yang deficiency is defined as a condition of the inability of kidney in expelling extra fluid in the body in urinary secretion through bladder, causing fluid retention. Chinese herbs used to treat kidney yang deficiency include
1. Lu rong
Lu rong is also known as deer antler, deer antler velvet, it is a great herb that helps to reduce the blockage of the meridian liver and kidney. Since yang qi deficiency also cause blood deficiency, improving the body yang by strengthening the liver's function in blood formation and kidney's function in fluid distribution, by menacing the functions of kidney and liver channels
2. Du Zhong
It is also known ecommia bark, it is one the most used herb to enhance the function of meridian kidney-liver by promoting the qi and blood formation. Since the liver is a organ in charge of blood storing and blood formation and kidney is in charge of fluid regulation, it increases blood flow to the entire body and reduces fluid accumulated in the body, by enhancing the kidney and liver channels.
3. Ba Ji Tian
Ba ji tian is also known as Chinese morinda root, sweet and warm in nature. It is also one the herbs used to strengthen the liver and kidney qi and blood yang by enhancing the liver in blood formation and kidney in urinary secretion, thus reducing the yang deficiency causes of abdominal distention, including cramps and pain during menstrual cycle, leading to infertiltiy. It also is one of the tonic herb in enhancing kidney and liver channels in general.
4. Rou Chong RongRou
Chong Rong used in traditional Chinese medicine for reducing the blockage of kidney-large intestine meridian, thereby increasing the kidney function in increasing blood circulation to warm the uterus, assisting urinary secretion and digestive system in moving waste, resulting in lessening the fluid retention and dysmenorrhea, thus increasing the chance to conceive.
5. Bu Gu Zhi
Bu gu zhi is also known as psoralea fruit and used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating blockage of meridian kidney-Spleen. It tonifies the yang qi by increasing the kidney function in assisting the function of lung qi and the function of spleen in qi distribution.
B. Kidney yin deficiency
Kidney ying deficiency is defined as condition of either jing depletion or the function of kidney is no longer control the circulation of fluid properly due to accumulation of heat in the lower burner, as a result of eating of spicy and hot foods, frauent sexual activity, working in hot environment, out go in the extreme hot weather without proper clothing, etc., leading to distorting the menstrual cycle and afflicting fertility.
1. Shu Di Huang
Shu di huang is also best known as rehmannia with its sweet and bitter taste. besides as used blood tonic, herb, it also increases the kidney function in hormone production and fluid distribution, thus enhancing yin.
2. Mu Dan Pi
Mu dan pi is a cool herb and also known as peony root with bitter taste. It is used to clear fire, blood stasis and clots causes by kidney yin deficiency.
3. Fu Ling
Fu ling is a neutral herb and known as poria with sweet taste. it helps to strenghten the kidney yin in enhancing the function of fluid distribution, thus reducing dampness accumulation cause of rising heat, leading to infertility
4. Ze Xie
Ze xie is cold herb and also known as alisma with a sweet taste. it has the function as fu ling by clearing damp heat accumulated in lower burn as a result of kidney deficiency in fluid distribution.
C. Liver Qi Stagnation
1. Xiang Fu (nut grass)
It is one the herbs helped to regulate the qi flow by smoothing the liver and congestion of Spleen qi caused by excessive yin or yang, thus reducing qi stagnation caused by disharmonization of liver and Spleen causes of abdominal cramps and pain. It is said that xiang fu also has a function impromoting regular menstruation.
2. Zhi Ke (ripe fruit of zhi shi)
Zhi ke promote healthy liver, it promotes a strong liver qi function, thereby, increasing its function in blood formation and transportation to the heart for circulation.
3. Wu Yao (lindera root).
Wu yao is one the warm with the main function of warming the kidney caused by kidney yang deficiency. It is only used for patient with evidence of liver qi stagnation caused by prolong intake of cold foods or working in a cold environment. Since its function is to restore the liver qi flow due to cold constraint, it reduces the blood stagnation causes of menstrual pain.
D. damp phlegm
Damp phlegm is defined as a condition of accumulation of fluid in the body for a prolonged period of time, leading to phlegm as a result of heat due to consuming of greasy, oily and fatty foods. Chinese herbs use to treat damp phlegm causes of female infertility include
1. Cang Zhu (Rhizome Chinese Atractylodes)
Cang zhu is warm herb with bitter taste. besides promoting the kidney in water distribution to reduce dampness accumulated in lower burner, it also dry dampness to avoi
2. Ban Xia (Pinellia)
Ban Xia is warn and toxic herb and has been used in TCM to stop vomiting, promote vomiting, rids of phlegm nodules as it promote the function of lung qi and kidney fluid distribution.
3. Gan Cao (Licorice)
Gan cao is a sweet and neutral herb. It is used to enhance spleen and lung qi, clear heat, cleanse toxins and expel phlegm caused by dampness accumulation due to qi deficiency.
4. Chen Pi (Tangerine Peel )
Chen pi is warm and bitter herb. it increases the function of spleen and lung in qi distribution, thus reducing the risk of excessive phlegm accumulation.
E. Damp heat
Damp heat is defined as a condition of fluid accumulated in the body tissues over a prolong period of time. It can become damp heat as a result of intake of hot spicy hot, infection and inflammation. Chinese herbs used to treat damp heat include.
1. Long dan cao (Gentian)
Besides it is used to treat liver heat caused by dampness accumulation due to spleen' inability in materials absorption, It also enhances the liver and the gallbladder function in draining damp heat in the body through kidney urinary secretion.
2. Huang qin (Scullcap)
Huang qin is important to enhance the lung function by moistening the qi, thus reducing the risk of fever, irritability, thirst, cough. It also improves the stomach function in absorbing vital vitamins and minerals by clearing the heat caused extreme dampness that causes diarrhea and thirst with no desire to drink.
3. Zhi zi (Gardenia)
It improves the circulatory function by clearing the liver heat due to constrained liver and heat caused by infection or inflammation as a result of fluids accumulated in body for a prolong period of time.
4. Mu tong (Akebia)
Mu tong besides increases the kidney in clearing dampness through urinary secretion, it also enhances the blood function by draining the blood heat caused by blood stagnation.
5. Che qian cao (Plaintain root)
Che qian cao has a vital function by eliminating the toxin accumulated in the body and promoting damp heat expelling through urinary secretion.
6. Chai hu (Buplerum)
Chai hu enhances the spleen and stomach in qi and materials digestion, thereby reducing damp heat in the abdominal region caused by liver blood stagnation, resulting in lessening the menstrual cramps and pain and pain caused lung qi stagnation due to spleen abnormal function in qi transportation.
G. Blood Deficiency
1. He shou wu (fleeceflower root)
He shou wu is a liver tonic herb. It promotes liver function in blood formation and increases the kidney qi in assisting the liver in transporting blood to the heart for circulation, thereby reducing the blood stagnation causes of deficiency. It also improves the kidney in urinary secretion, thus decreasing the risk of blood stagnation caused by fluid retention.
2. Shu Di Huang (Chinese foxglove root)
Shu di huang is a blood tonic herb. Besides improving the liver in blood formation, it also increases the liver's qi by boosting the circulatory system in transporting oxygen and nutrients to the body's cells thus reducing the risks of symptoms of dizziness, pallid complexion, palpitations, and scanty menstruation.
3. E Jiao (Donkey-Hide Glue)
E jiao is an important herb for improving the liver in blood formation and liver qi in regulating the blood circulation in the body thereby reducing the symptoms of dizziness, shallow complexion, and palpitations caused by blood deficiency.
4. Dang gui (Chinese angelica root)
Dang gui is best known for improving the liver's function in blood formation and regulating the function of the reproductive organs. It also harmonizes the production of hormones during the menstrual cycle, leading to reduced cramps and pain caused by blood deficiency and stagnation.
5. Bai shao (white peony root)
Bai shao plays an important role in nourishing the blood and regulating menstrual problems caused by blood deficiency. It also harmonizes the liver and spleen to prevent the rising of blood heat causes of headache and dizziness.There are many more Chinese herbs that help to treat blood deficiency, make sure to work with your Chinese practitioner to find the underlining causes and to treat them effectively.
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