Florence was 39 when she first came to us. Her FSH was 23.9, oestradiol below 44 and had an AMH of 0.9. After 3 months of treatment, she tested her hormones again 3 months later. Her FSH had dropped to 17.2, oestradiol had increased to 66 and AMH rose to 1.3.
“I am very pleased with the improvements. I feel much better. The hot flushes are gone. I have more energy and I am more alert.”
Alison, aged 42, came to us with a high FSH (16), low AMH (0.8) and 4 miscarriages.
“I have just found out today that I am pregnant! I’m obviously thrilled.”
Heather Richards was 37 when she came to us with a high FSH (58). She had hot flushes, night sweats and highly irregular periods (from 26 to 120 days). Her doctor diagnosed Primary Ovary Failure (POF).
She had 3 months of treatment before retesting 3 months later. Her FSH dropped to 14.3. Her hot flushes and night sweats are gone.
“I am very grateful. I was conscious of the heat all the time. It was debilitating. I had a demanding job. I could not do what I was supposed to do. I was just not myself. I am no longer bothered by heat. I feel much lighter and have my energy back. I would like to carry on being treated and get pregnant naturally”
Susan came to us, then went through 2 failed cycles of IVF the next year. She restarted treatment with us afterwards. We discharged her after we felt she was ready for natural pregnancy. She sent us this email.
“My FSH result was 25 before. When I received the test result after a few months of treatment, I was so nervous that I was too frightened to look at first. When I did, I was so pleased. It is now 13.9!”
A few months later, she got pregnant naturally.
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. The practitioner will take account of your general health and strength, as well as all of your symptoms, 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.