After thorough diagnosis, in 30% of cases the cause of infertility is unknown. Believe it or not – this is opportunity time for Complementary Medicine……………………………
Statistically the usual allocation for infertility is 35% allotted to the female, 35% to the male and 30% unknown. Its opportunity time for Complimentary Medicine such as acupuncture, herbal medicine or natural healing if after exhaustive testing no reason can be provided for infertility. If we forget about the allocation to either sex, the remaining 30% is a high proportion to work with and if you were a betting person these would be very favourable odds.
If nothing significant is determined after a thorough medical investigation of the woman and man, it signifies the deviation from norm is small and therefore is a distinct opportunity for complementary medicine. Professor Robert Jansen, one of the world’s leading experts in the treatment of infertility, claims that the slighter the variation from normal, the more trouble conventional medicine has in correcting it. In the case of a serious problem such as blocked fallopian tubes, conventional medicine by way of a laparoscopy procedure can be effective and efficient. However, one of the biggest causes of infertility according to Traditional Chinese Medicine is a ‘Cold Uterus’. Extra clothing, warming castor oil packs, cayenne pepper shots, move qi and invigorate yang, dietary change, herbal tincture containing circulatory herbs such as Prickly Ash, will all help. Standard Medical Practice wants to diagnose a problem, put a name on it and prescribe. A ‘Cold Uterus would not be in their thinking.
As women age their chance of becoming pregnant is less, therefore as time progresses women can feel under greater pressure to conceive. OECD data has shown that couples are leaving it until they are older to try to conceive a child, and thus, their chances of getting pregnant are getting smaller. When couples have not conceived a child in the time frame that they have expected they may look for assistance in improving their fertility, often times attending a medical doctor or a fertility clinic. Some conventional fertility treatments can be likened to using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Many doctors prescribe ‘Clomid’ to women experiencing ‘fertility issues’. This is a medical drug that is used to induce ovulation. It can cause multiple egg development, possible ovarian cysts and side effects such as mood swings, headache, insomnia, nausea, rashes, etc. In contrast, dietary change, herbs and a change in lifestyle can bring about a balance in hormones which improves ovulation with no side effects i.e. it is totally natural.
Complementary Medicine is a holistic approach embracing western conventional medicine. In our opinion Alternative Medicine is too restrictive and does not provide the best overall treatment for the client. Western Medical Diagnosis and Procedure such as HSG, IVF, IUI, ICSI, etc are all to be appreciated.
BIG PROBLEM – acute – think Conventional Medicine
SMALL PROBLEM – chronic – think Complementary Medicine