Imbalance of Mind and Body: Female Infertility By James Y. Hasegawa, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. & C.H. Chief Acupuncturist/Herbalist & Clinic Director Asahi Comprehensive Health Center, West Los Angeles, CA The Asahi Horizon, Fall 2001 Edition Infertility is an increasing problem in modern society that affects 1 in 5 couples in America. Afflicting both men and women, factors include delayed marriage and the birth of the first child. In women, common Western medical treatments include the use of hormones to regulate menstruation and ovulation. In addition to their side effects, these treatments do little to address the emotional aspects of gynecology, however. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recognizes that emotions are an integral part of the woman’s physiology, and play a While often overlooked significant role in gynecological dysfunction, such as infertility. by Western medicine, In fact, very frequently in adult women, emotional problems TCM regards emotional lead to gynecological problems which may compound into a imbalances to be one of larger problem over time. During my internship in gynecology the most common at Chengdu TCM University Hospital, I have encountered causes of gynecological many such scenarios. For example, a woman complaining of disorders, including infertility may initially have had irregular menstruation which infertility. may have lead to delayed menstruation, which then resulted in ceased menstruation over a period of time, therefore leading to infertility. All this may have been triggered by emotional disturbances in the beginning that were left untreated. All too often in these cases, these women did not address their menstrual problems until they find themselves in a difficult position to get pregnant when they are trying to conceive. And unfortunately, the emotional burden is much greater at that point, further complicating the situation. In TCM, the best way to treat infertility is prevention: treating the initial emotional and menstrual problems when they present themselves. While it is still possible to treat infertility after its onset, it would take some dedication and patience for a successful result. If you or anyone you know is suffering from infertility or any other gynecological disorder, come in for a free consultation today.
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