Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
My husband and I have been diagnosed with “unexplained infertility”. I am starting acupuncture and massage treatments, and want to know if my husband should do the same. Also, are there any herbs that may help us?
A: In general, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments for fertility range from three to six months, or three to six cycles. Both you and your husband should receive treatment. Herbal prescriptions should be included in both of your treatments, as it is important to address the root, and herbs usually do this quite well. Depending on the specifics of your case, a combined treatment may produce the best results. There are several IVF (In vitro fertilization) centers around the United States that have incorporated acupuncture into their treatment protocols. If you choose to pursue IVF, be sure to ask if they include acupuncture treatments in their protocol.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao herbal supplements helpful for infertility: “Women’s Wellness”, “Enduring Youth”, “Yang Exhaustion”, and “Feminine Desire”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.