Gynaecology and Fertility
Nick is a TCM trained specialist in gynaecology and provides acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to support women’s natural health.
Nick provides traditional treatments for areas that affect women’s health on a day-to-day basis, using acupuncture prescriptions and Chinese herbal medicine formulae specifically designed for each unique client, for reproduction, fertility and IVF, problems during pregnancy and, menopause. Nick is currently engaged in research with a major London teaching hospital investigating the effect of acupuncture with assisted reproduction for patients suffering from sub-fertility.
The practice of gynaecology in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is rooted in the deepest history, and is recorded in remnants derived from dynasties dissoluted in ages long since gone. However, the first recorded gynaecologists are known by their treatment of an empress who ruled the Western Han dynasty, between 206 BC and AD 24 . The first known book on gynaecology was published in 1237, almost a thousand years ago (The Complete Book of Effective Prescriptions for Diseases of Women)
The TCM practice of Gynaecology covers a wide range of problems associated with a woman’s natural health. These include specific areas such as the natural progress of the monthly cycle, the reproductive cycle, fertility, pregnancy and post partum health, and menopause. Traditional treatments of these conditions are almost always Chinese herbal medical formulae, acupuncture, and nutritional advice.
Some women have absolutely no problems around their monthly cycle. It’s also normal to experience some discomfort, and in many cases the symptoms can extend to other areas. Often, the symptoms can be acute, significantly affecting our daily lives. Even though it may be normal, it doesn’t have to be suffered. Research shows that individually tailored traditional treatments using both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are effective ways to provide relief with problems associated with the monthly cycle.
Reproduction, Fertility and IVF
The growth in problems with reproduction and fertility is steadily increasing at about 5 – 10% of the world population per year. In the UK, problems related to reproduction have increased by about 4% since the 1980s . The causes of this increase have not yet been identified but it is thought that increased age of couples starting on the fertility journey, stress, elevated estrogens, endocrine disrupting factors and life balance may be key factors.
The range of diagnoses implicated in sub-fertility include hormonal imbalances that prevent or inhibit natural cycles, endometriosis, ovarian response and polycystic ovaries, and biological impediments. Even though female factor is increasing, male factor is increasing significantly faster and now accounts for around 40% of all fertility related issues. Because sperm quality and quantity are significant factors in fertility, it is often the case that the couple should be treated together.
The traditional treatments, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, have been shown to significantly improve fertility and IVF results.
Problems during pregnancy
When a woman is no longer alone, she begins a process of rapid, adaptive, evolution. As the pregnancy evolves, people change, adapting to the growing life within. Although it takes nine months, the evolution is so rapid that the physiological and emotional changes that occur may cause discomfort and even distress. Other changes may occur that may be more worrisome.
Acupuncture is a very benign therapy and is often used in pregnancy related problems such as morning sickness, hip and low back pain, mild depression and anxiety, and labour induction
The reproductive cycle is typified by the relationship between the hormones that regulate it. Peri-menopause is the term that identifies the beginning of the change in the reproductive cycle. At this time the monthly cycle begins to fluctuate and early menopausal symptoms may begin to occur. However, sympoms will be sporadic initially, and become more frequent as the transition evolves. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are useful therapies to help alleviate the side effects of this natural process.