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The endocrine system is a bit like the train network. Think of the glands as train stations. They produce hormones, which are the train signals. When the signals are right, the trains will run on time and to their destinations. This happy state of affairs will manifest itself in well-regulated menstrual cycles, healthy eggs and trouble free period cycles.

When the signals are wrong, the trains will not run on time, they may miss their destinations or in the extreme case, the trains will not run at all. The same is true with hormones, when the hormones are imbalanced, the period cycles are likely to be irregular, they are likely to have associated problems such as pain, PMS etc. In the extreme case, periods may stop entirely.

So what can be done? One way is to try to help by giving hormones. While externally administered hormones may regulate the period cycles or dealt with problems associated with periods, they may generate their own problems i.e. the unintended consequences of side effects. They are also telling your body to settle into a ‘I do not need to do anything’ mode which may not be a good idea. Last but not least, this approach tends to deal with the symptoms not the cause.

What we need is to address is the root causes of the problem – the glands. We need to make sure the body is healthy, the reproductive system is healthy and the glands are healthy. When they are in good health, the right level of hormones and their associated benefits are the results.

To go back to the analogy, signal problems seem best dealt with by finding out what went wrong in the train stations that were giving out the signals. When the stations function better, the signals they give out will be right again.

At TCM HealthCare, we help patients to improve their reproductive health by precisely that. Our treatment is tailored-made to each patient. We have built up an excellent track record. Consultants have seen our pre and post treatment results (for FSH, for AMH). Some patients are grateful to us and they write Google reviews and testimonials sharing their experience. For details on how we treat hormonal imbalance, please click here.

We hope to be of service to you too. Contact us to find out more.

 

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Below are listed some recent reviews on research that show that Chinese medicine can help with balancing hormones, treating PCOS and dealing with anovulation:

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Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Jun;20(3):211-5. doi: 10.1097/GCO.0b013e3282f88e22.
Traditional Chinese medicine and infertility.
Huang ST1, Chen AP.
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Abstract
PURPOSE OF REVIEW:
The present review gives an overview of the potential use of traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of infertility, including an evidence-based evaluation of its efficacy and tolerance.

RECENT FINDINGS:
Recent studies demonstrated that traditional Chinese medicine could regulate the gonadotropin-releasing hormone to induce ovulation and improve the uterus blood flow and menstrual changes of endometrium. In addition, it also has impacts on patients with infertility resulting from polycystic ovarian syndrome, anxiety, stress and immunological disorders. Although study design with adequate sample size and appropriate control for the use of traditional Chinese medicine is not sufficient, the effective studies have already indicated the necessity to explore the possible mechanisms, that is, effective dose, side effect and toxicity of traditional Chinese medicine, in the treatment of infertility by means of prospective randomized control trial.

SUMMARY:
The growing popularity of traditional Chinese medicine used alone or in combination with Western medicine highlights the need to examine the pros and cons of both Western and traditional Chinese medicine approaches. Integrating the principle and knowledge from well characterized approaches and quality control of both traditional Chinese medicine and Western medical approaches should become a trend in existing clinical practice and serve as a better methodology for treating infertility.

PMID: 18460933 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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J Altern Complement Med. 2012 Dec;18(12):1087-100. doi: 10.1089/acm.2011.0371.
Chinese herbal medicine for infertility with anovulation: a systematic review.
Tan L1, Tong Y, Sze SC, Xu M, Shi Y, Song XY, Zhang TT.
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Abstract
The aim of this systematic review is to assess the effectiveness and safety of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in treatment of anovulation and infertility in women. Eight (8) databases were extensively retrieved. The Chinese electronic databases included VIP Information, CMCC, and CNKI. The English electronic databases included AMED, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Embase, and MEDLINE(®). Randomized controlled trials using CHM as intervention were included in the study selection. The quality of studies was assessed by the Jadad scale and the criteria referred to Cochrane reviewers’ handbook. The efficacy of CHM treatment for infertility with anovulation was evaluated by meta-analysis. There were 692 articles retrieved according to the search strategy, and 1659 participants were involved in the 15 studies that satisfied the selection criteria. All the included trials were done in China. Meta-analysis indicated that CHM significantly increased the pregnancy rate (odds ratio [OR] 3.12, 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.50-3.88) and reduced the miscarriage rate (OR 0.2, 95% CI 0.10-0.41) compared to clomiphene. In addition, CHM also increased the ovulation rate (OR 1.55, 95% CI 1.06-2.25) and improved the cervical mucus score (OR 3.82, 95% CI 1.78-8.21) compared to clomiphene, while there were no significant difference between CHM and clomiphene combined with other medicine. CHM is effective in treating infertility with anovulation. Also, no significant adverse effects were identified for the use of CHM from the studies included in this review. However, owing to the low quality of the studies investigated, more randomized controlled trials are needed before evidence-based recommendation regarding the effectiveness and safety of CHM in the management of infertility with anovulation can be provided.

PMID: 23198826 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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Non obstructive azoospermia poses significant problems for conventional medicine. A few treatment options are available for clearly identified issues such as varicocele.

Varicocele is an abnormal tortuosity and dilation of veins of the pampiniform plexus within the spermatic cord. It is somewhat like a varicose vein of the scrotum. A varicocele could affect sperm by increasing testicular temperature. Varicoceles are found in about 40% of infertile men and 20% of all men in the general population. The large majority are fertile with normal sperm.

Urologists often diagnose and surgically repair varicoceles. However, correcting a varicocele (surgical procedure) often does not improve the semen quality enough to warrant a change of therapy required to result in pregnancy for the couple. Several studies have found that varicocele surgery can improve sperm counts or low motility but randomized and controlled trials do not consistently show improved pregnancy rates.

Sperm retrieval through biopsy of the testis is another solution offered by conventional medicine. In many instances, the only hope for building a biological family is to use sperm retrieved from the testis with assisted reproduction. However, in patients with non obstructive azoospermia, only about 50%-60% of men will have usable testicular sperm.

Once these solutions are exhausted or discounted, the patients are often at a lost as to what to do next.

At TCM HealthCare, we believe that non obstructive azoospermia is a functional disorder which can be amenable to treatment. Our clinical experience borne this out. We have extensive experience in treating non obstructive azoospermia and extremely low sperm count. Below is a patient who wrote about his experience with our treatment in 2015. More information can be found at the Testimonial page and the Treatment for Men page.

‘My partner and I had being trying to conceive for a number of yeears without success.

My health was not always great and I often felt tired and was dragging myself through life.

My sperm test results revealed a virtually non existent count (less than 100) and the doctor doing the test results analysis said ‘I had as much chance of conceiving with my partner as winning the lottery.’ Going to my GP I was told that there was nothing conventional medicine could do about it. They could only offer help on the woman’s side. There was nothing they could do for a man.

Looking desperately for an alternative I found TCM Healthcare on the internet and spoke to ​Prof. ​Au who said he thought they could help. He then arranged an appointment for me with Professor ​Y ​Li ​at TCM HealthCare’s Clinic in Harley Street, an expert trained in Chinese Medicine and Fertility in Beijing.

In the initial consultation the Professor asked questions and listened to my answers and explanation of my medical symptoms. He also took my pulses and looked at my tongue. His manner was always friendly and sympathetic and it was obvious he really wanted to help. He stressed Chinese medicine treats the whole body and said I should see improvements generally in my overall health along with the improvements in fertility.

I was prescribed herbs to be boiled with water which would make a hot drink to be taken twice per day. Although not the most tastefull drink I figured that it was doing me good and soon got quite used to my daily routine of drinking it morning and night.

I had folow up appointments each month during which he would reassess my condition and would then refine the herbs I was to take for the following month.

I noticed I started to have more energy and generally started feeling better all round.

After about 4 months I decided to have a second test and was genuinely shocked to see my count had increased to 20 Million. A subsequent test two months later revealed it had improved to 70 Million

After seven months my partner announced she was pregnant. Today my partner had her 11 week scan and all is well.

Thanks to all those at TCM Healthcare.’

James from London

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Conventional medicine believes that PCOS cannot be cured. At TCM HealthCare, we have some experience in curing PCOS which has been confirmed by patients that have gone through treatment with us and have a scan subsequently.

Lori sent us this message in 2016:

‘I first saw Professor Li following an early miscarriage after our first IVF treatment in 2015. He listened carefully to our situation and my ongoing symptoms, and identified a number of deficiencies that are involved in my inability to get pregnant. Following six months of treatment, I am happy to report that many of my troublesome symptoms have either disappeared or improved dramatically. We are planning a second IVF treatment shortly and feeling optimistic. Many thanks to Professors Li and Au – they are kind, supportive and professional.’
‘Some good news though–I had a scan last week and my ovaries are no longer polycystic! This means they can start me on a higher dose of FSH and hopefully collect more eggs this time. Fingers crossed.’

Lori from London 2016

Due to the success of our work, we have also been invited to write an article about our work on PCOS and fertility b the PCOS Charity Verity. A copy of the article can be sent to you on request. We have also reproduced ‘A patient’s journey’ in the article below:

Educational consultant Yvonne Archer had been diagnosed with PCOS. She became pregnant three times between 1997 and 1999 but lost each baby between six and nine weeks. She was referred to an assisted conception unit in December 1999. Scanning showed a normal uterus and her tests were negative. Clomi-phene did not work, and while ovulation induction went well, she still did not conceive.

In early 2000 her consultant suggested she had reached the point where IVF would be necessary. Meanwhile, Yvonne had been experimenting with aroma-therapy, TCM general medicine and acupuncture with no success.

In May 2000 Yvonne went to TCM HealthCare’s fertility clinic, where she was diagnosed with kidney and liver deficiency and put on herbal medication for five months. Again, nothing happened. While her body was back in balance, our doctor explained that pregnancy was not automatic and her body needed time.

In February 2001, Yvonne rang to say she was pregnant, and was keen to see the TCM specialist to ensure that this time she could carry the baby to full term. After a consultation in March 2001 she was prescribed 12 days of herbal medicine. No further medication was necessary. She gave birth to a healthy daughter in October 2001.