Study Into Herbs for Infertility is based on the work of Karin Ried and Keren Stuart who published a meta-analysis that included the treatment of 1851 women with infertility who had treatment with Chinese herbal medicine, and this was published in 2011i (a meta-analysis is an analysis of previously published studies and is considered the ‘Gold standard’ in clinical research). The aim of the research was to assess the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine in managing female infertility and comparing pregnancy rates using Western medical drug treatments and in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) with what was achieved with Chinese herbal medicine. This is our adaptation of the report: the original full version is available via the reference below.
The study found:
- Chinese herbal medicine achieved double the pregnancy rates within a 4-month period when compared to Western medical fertility drug therapy or IVF treatment for female infertility
- The likelihood of a pregnancy with Chinese herbal therapy is 3.5 times greater than when using Western drug therapy (usually Clomid)
- The average pregnancy rate with Chinese herbs was 50%, compared with an average pregnancy rate of 30% with IVF
- The average age of the women in the Chinese medicine studies was 30 (with a range of 18 to 45 years)
- The average time women in the Chinese medicine groups had experienced infertility was 4.5 years (with a range of 1 to 20 years)
- The average length of treatment with Chinese herbal medicine was four months
- That an accurate Chinese medicine diagnosis is fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility in Chinese medicine
The authors conclusions were:
‘the odds of achieving pregnancy with Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) are about three times greater than with conventional Western medicine treatment using standard medication or IVF.’
‘The fundamental principle of Chinese medicine therapy is to restore balance within the body, which affects hormonal regulation of the menstrual cycle, and provides a physiological environment to facilitate conception, implantation, and maintenance of a viable pregnancy.’
We think this really reinforces the concept we at morefertile® believe in; that a personalised approach that accurately assesses and meets an individual’s specific needs has the greatest chance of success. Chinese medicine has been working towards this for centuries, and we are now able to extend the range of diagnostics and treatments with modern tests and interventions, which all work to increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy and healthy children.
i ‘Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of female infertility: A systematic review’ Karin Ried, Keren Stuart.Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2011) 19, 319—331.