Infertility: Clinical Research on TCM
research has been done in China on the treatment of infertility. Western
medicine lacks cost-effective treatments for immunologically based infertility,
the type of infertility studied in the following two trials. In the first
trial, male infertility was due to autoimmune attack against sperm; in the
second, the female immune system attacked the husband's sperm.
- A study of immunological male infertility by
Chen Xiaoping used the traditional remedy Zhibai Dihuang Wan. A control group received cortisone and vitamin
C. In the herbal treatment group, autoimmunity measures decreased, sperm
became more viable, and 80 percent of wives became pregnant within six
months. In the control group, 46 percent of wives became pregnant. This
traditional formula for autoimmune disorders is available in the United
- For a study of female immunological infertility
by Chen Xiaoping, researchers used Guyin Decoction (ginseng, rehmannia, dioscorea,
cornus, cuscuta, polygala, schizandra, and licorice) to treat 60 women
with infertility attributed to antisperm immune response. Treatment time
was thirty days, with the course being repeated up to three months. A
control group of 25 similar cases received prednisolone and vitamin E.
Immune measures decreased significantly in the herb treatment group, but
not in the drug treatment group. In the herb treatment group, 32 percent
became pregnant. In the group receiving drug treatment, 24 percent became
pregnant. This formula is available in the United States.
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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier,
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