With our success of 45% in treating patients who have often been told they will never be able to have a baby naturally, we have received regular coverage from national media. Below are some success cases.
Cases documented by the media
Long term infertility with mild endometriosis
Elizabeth Douglas, 41, is a teacher, lives in Worthing, West Sussex, with her husband Peter, 44, an IT consultant, and their son Matthew, 12 months. After nine years of trying to conceive, Elisabeth turned to Chinese medicine. Peter and I began trying for a baby even before we married as I was already 33 and we both wanted a family. When nothing happened after two years, we were referred for investigation, which revealed I had mild endometriosis. Yet despite treatment for the condition, I still didn’t become pregnant.
I was very disappointed, and wrote to infertility specialist Professor Lord Winston at London’s Hammersmith Hospital, begging him to accept me as a patient. We were thrilled when he agreed. During the rest of the year and the next, we had three attempt at IVF. Sadly, they were unsuccessful. We decided to take a break, and moved house the next summer.
The following year, in my classroom at school, I began to bleed heavily. Hospital tests showed I had blocked fallopian tubes, and I underwent corrective surgery. But, despite renewed expectations, I still did not conceive.
Then Later the next year, I found out I was pregnant. To our utter dismay, I miscarried before the 12th week. By now, I was 39 ¾ and we were desperate. IVF was costing us around £1,700 a time, but we had a fourth attempt. It failed, and we began to consider adoption.
My mother send me a newspaper article she had read about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and how it was helping infertile couples. We felt we had nothing to lose by trying it.
We saw Professor Li at the Harley Street TCM HealthCare Fertility Clinic, he asked me a lot of questions, what food I liked, whether I was hot or cold, and also looked at my tongue and took my pulse in both wrists. His diagnosis was that my chi (life energy) was completely out of alignment and that I was far too cold. he gave me a concoction of herbs to boil up and drink twice a day, which tasted revolting. But I persevered and kept going back for consultations.
After about six month, he told me his treatment had finished and I simply had to be patient. Incredibly, just two months, I was ringing him with the wonderful news that I was pregnant.
It wasn’t a great pregnancy. I was very sick and suffered bad indigestion but Matthew was born healthy last June. We’ll always be grateful to the consultants at Hammersmith Hospital but we know that without Chinese medicine, we may never have found the final piece in the puzzle which allowed us to become parents at long last.
Charlotte Parkinson, 37, is a social worker living living in London. After a difficult pregnancy with here first daughter, Harriet, now seven, she suffered two miscarriages at about six weeks into the pregnancies. She was referred to the Recurrent Miscarriage unit at Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, and tests were carried out on her and her partner, Tom McKevitt, 36, “They reached no conclusion as to why I was miscarrying,” says Charlotte. “They said, ‘Try again and we’ll monitor you through the pregnancy.’ But I’d already heard about Professor Li and decided to see him. He examined my tongue, pulse and skin, and asked me about my periods. He said my grey hair was ‘wrong’ – it suggested something was wrong with the functioning of my kidney system and that this could be connected to the miscarriages.” In Chinese medicine, the proper functioning of the hormonal system is dependent on the kidney and liver systems. If there is a deficiency in one of these, then it means that hormones are not properly influencing the sexual and reproductive functions.
“He prescribed herbs but, without realizing it, I was already pregnant. The herbs had been to prepare me for pregnancy, so when I told Professor Li he said he now needed to give me different herbs. I took these twice a day for several weeks – until I was past the six-week stage – then I stopped. I saw Professor Li at six weeks and again at about three months and five months. It was a very easy pregnancy.” She was given herbs including eucommia bark, prepared rehmannia root, wolfberry fruit and golden sys grass.
Charlotte’s daughter, Rosie, was born in February and is “healthy and absolutely lovely”. Charlotte says that the dietary advice and herbs that she had from Professor Li were aimed at strengthening her kidney system and removing ‘excess heat’. In Chinese medicine, we believe a strong kidney system provides the energy to protect the baby from miscarriage.
During the pregnancy, Charlotte had to avoid ‘hot’ foods such as smoked salmon, prawns, garlic, red meat and anything spicy. She plans to return to see Professor Li for further acupuncture and herbal treatments to maintain her improved state of health.
@Health Science Institute newsletter’
Infertility and PCOS
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.
@Verity ‘In Touch’ – The newsletter of the Charity for women who suffers from PCOS
All the above have been checked and documented by national media, be they newspaper, magazine or patients’ group newsletter.
Other Media write up
After gaining his Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Beijing, Professor Li has been running the TCM Fertility Clinic at TCM HealthCare in Harley Street, central London (www.tcm-healthcare.co.uk) since 2000. He treats cases of infertility and helps couples who wish to combine assisted conception techniques such as IVF with Chinese medicine fertility treatments.
Professor Li is one of the first TCM practitioners to specialise in fertility and uses traditional Chinese diagnostic methods, including a patient’s appearance (particularly their complexion and tongue) to form his diagnosis, before asking questions about lifestyle, diet and general wellbeing. From this, he assesses whether there is a deficiency or excess of heat, fire or damp and then prescribes a tailored formula of herbs to balance the endocrine system. The combination of herbs (all approved by the British Medical Control Agency) has to be taken at different times throughout your menstrual cycle. Acupuncture may be prescribed on its own, or along with herbal treatment. Patients should see an improvement in their menstrual cycle and hormone balance – which will improve their chance of pregnancy – in two to three months, although for some women it can take up to six.
Who’s it for?
Any woman and her partner up to the age of the peri-menopause. He takes some referrals from doctors but most patients are self-referrals.
@Extract from Zest Magazine (Published in Spring, 2010)