Traditional Chinese medicine has long been used to ease pain and treat disease.
Now researchers have found it can also boost fertility if used in combination with fertility treatments.
team led by Dr Shahar Levi-Ari from Tel Aviv University compared the
success rates of couples using intrauterine insemination (IUI) both with
and without Chinese herbal and acupuncture therapies. IUI involves a laboratory procedure to separate fast moving sperm from more sluggish sperm.
fast moving sperm are then placed into the woman’s womb close to the
time of ovulation when the egg is released from the ovary in the middle
of the monthly cycle.
results, which have been published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine, show a significant increase in fertility when the therapies
are administered side-by-side.
combining IUI with traditional treatments, 65.5 per cent of the test
group were able to conceive, compared with 39.4 per cent of the control
group, who received no herbal or acupuncture therapy.
Source - Daily Mail