Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I don’t currently have liver disease, but could an imbalance with the liver affect fertility?
A: Yes; in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) we call the liver “The General”. It is not only responsible for storing the blood—essential in ovulation, conception, and fertility—but it is also responsible for the proper circulation of vital qi energy. Even if the physiological tests do not show elevated liver enzymes, there could be imbalances, which can affect the storage of blood or smooth flow of qi. I suggest you consult a licensed acupuncturist/herbalist to obtain the proper diagnosis and treatment.
There are many clinics specializing in fertility; in fact, many fertility clinics are now incorporating acupuncture and herbal modalities as adjunct treatments. For example, Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles has a community clinic that specializes in fertility.
You may also find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao herbal supplements helpful in improving your chances of conception: “Women’s Wellness”, “Enduring Youth”, “Yang Exhaustion”, “Passages Plus”, and “Feminine Desire”; for your husband, “Dragon Male”. “Internal Cleanse” would be specifically for your liver. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.