Michael came to us with a low sperm count (8.9 million/mL) and low morphology (0%). After 5 months, he re-tested his sperm: count stood at 31 million/mL and morphology at 1%. He continued for a few more months, and sent us this message when he was about to retest his sperm.
“I would like to give you an update on our progress. My wife is now pregnant naturally — approximately 7 weeks. I would like to thank you and Prof Li for all your time and support in making this happen. We have now cancelled the IVF treatment.”
Melani is 46. She came to us with an FSH of 31.3 and oestradiol below 44. She had been trying for 7 years. After treatment, she sent us this email.
“Well, I have some very happy (pregnancy test positive) results 5 days before my period is due!! Thank you so much for your help!!! I can’t believe it!!”
Elizabeth saw us for 6 months prior to getting pregnant at 42 years old. She had 4 unsuccessful IVFs and 1 miscarriage before coming to us. Her story was reported in Real magazine.
“After about 6 months, he told me that the treatment is finished and I simply had to be patient. Incredibly, just two months later, I was ringing him with the wonderful news that I was pregnant.”
Sylvia had low AMH. After seeing us 4 times, she sent this email.
“I wanted to let you know I had a positive pregnancy test this morning! Very happy.”
Robert saw us to improve his sperm count and quality. He subsequently had a child. He came back to see us 3 years later to help with conceiving a second child. His sperm count at the time was less than 0.5 million/mL and progressive motility was 6%. He said this to us at his fourth consultation.
“I have not been able to go for my retest yet, but I want to tell you that my wife is now pregnant.”
A traditional Chinese medical consultation involves the following steps.
The practitioner may scrutinise your complexion, eyes, tongue, and movements to gain insight into how your organs are functioning. The tongue is a particularly important source of information, and its colour, body, coating, and moisture will all be taken into account.
The practitioner assesses the patient’s energy and general condition by taking into account your body heat, odour, skin sensitivity, and uses other senses to gain an insight into the your condition.
To gain a full picture, the practitioner will ask detailed questions about your complaint and your medical history. They will want to find out whether your problems vary at all according to the time of year and your diet, feelings or emotions.
This can provide a highly sensitive and detailed picture of your general health. The practitioner will take a number of different ‘pulses’ using three fingers put on the wrist of each hand of the patient. This enables him to gain further information about the quality and functioning of the five major organs. He will take account of your general health and strength, as well as all your symptoms, and whether they seem to you to be connected or not. This will be the basis for deciding on the best treatment.
Monthly consultations are required to gauge your progress. The prescriptions will be devised accordingly — for treating a changing condition, a fixed single herb or formula is unlikely to be effective over time.
Patients want to know how long they need to see us for. We say after 3 months of treatment, we will review progress, retesting hormones and check subjective experience, such as period cycle regularity and sexual interest. If they are at normal levels, we discharge the patients.
If they are better but still need further improvement, patients may need second course of treatment at the same or less intensity.
Typically, women see us for 3 courses of treatment, ie 9 months total.
The point is that the way we treat patients means they should not rely on our treatment for too long. Their improved health and function should stay with them if they look after their health.