Case Studies: Infertility Treated by Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Tea
By McLean Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, PLC Arthur Yin Fan, PhD, CMD, LAc
Dr.Fan has strong background in treating infertility by Chinese Medicine. His teacher in TCM gynecology is Dr.Xia Guicheng (Dr.Fan was in 1986 grade) who is a world wide famous TCM gyn doctor(Nanjing,China). From 01/2007 to 07/2009, during about 31 months, there 25 infertility women got pregnanted after Dr.Fan’s treatments.
There are two books in English in fertility scope reflects Dr.Xia’s expertises. One is Obstetrics & Gynecology in Chinese Medicine,by Giovanni Maciocia (Author); another is Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine, by Jane Lyttleton (Author).
In Dr.Fan’s clinic, in 2007 there were 7 successful cases(got baby by acupuncture and Chinese herbology); in 2008 first 8 month, there were 5 succesful cases. It is a very excited and big pleasure for Dr.Fan when he gets a news–his patient gets pregnant after his acupuncture/Chinese medicine treatment.
Patient’s original letter
Dear Dr. Fan,
I just wanted to thank you again for the acupuncture and herbs you provided last April (2007, Dr.Fan noted) when my husband and I were trying to conceive. As you can see from the enclosed picture, everything went smoothly and we had a beautiful baby GRI at a few weeks ago!! I am so grateful for your help and kindness and it has been my pleasure to recommend your services to many friends and colleagues. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
All the best,
D. S. Arlington, Virginia
01/25/2009. Dr. Fan got a phone call from a 42 years old woman,Ms.M.M., she already was confirmed by her OB/GYN doctor-pregnanted for 7 weeks, after she saw Dr.Fan for acupuncture. This is her first pregnancy in her life.
01/19/2009 Dr.Fan Notes:
Ms.K.M. got her second-time pregnancy after our treatments.
11/07/2008 Dr.Fan notes:
Today I saw Ms. G.E., Her pregnancy test is positive today and yesterday! She is the no. 14 infertility women who gets pregnant during 22 month in our clinic.
She had 12 sessions’ acupuncture in two and half month, with Chinese herbal tea. Before the treatments, her FSH was high and period was irregular ( 35d to 3 month). When she saw me, her period already had stopped for over 90 days. After the intial acupuncture treatment, her period came at next day! She got pregnant after two period.
09/05/2008 Dr. Fan notes:
Today I met my former patient Ms. K.B. She already got pregant for 7 month!- after our 11 sessions acupuncture treatments(from 02/02/08 to 03/12/08). Very excited. she is the no. 12 pregnant mom who seeks fertility treatment in our center in 2007-2008 years.
R.S. 33 years old. She had had 3 times miscarriage in history, monses are irregular over two years. She was seeing Dr. Fan for adjusting hormon balance. She had high FSH which causes her infertility. After 5 sessions acupuncture in one month, she felt stomach upset and called Dr.Fan “Why I have nausea after recent two sessions acupuncture?”
Dr.Fan replied her:
(1) Acupuncture would not cause nausea;
(2) Please check pregnant test. After two days, patient saw Dr.Fan, she already had pregnant test positative. And another re-test three days later also confirmed the pregnancy.
She has a halth baby in early 2008.
Comment: High FSH is one of reasons cause infertility, in the theory patient with high FSH level is very difficult to get pregnant, because the ovaries may have difficulty to produce a matural egg.
Patient took birth control pills over 10 years. Recent two years, she stopped the pills and tried to get pregenant, but failed. She planed to use conventional homon therapy but she decided to try acupuncture first. After one month acupuncture (8 sessions), she got pregnant.
Patient has one son already, her husband and she decided to have another child, but had 3 times miscarriages one year ago, after that she did not have pregnancy. We did one month acupuncture for her, she reported get pregnant (since last period, day 24 on July 24, 2007).
I had not menstrual cycle in 90 days, my hormone levels were extremely low (for example, the progesterone level could not be tested). After 5 (acupuncture) treatments, I was able to have menstrual cycle.
Dr. Fan is extremely kind and patient.
K.D.W. Washington, DC