Chinese Medicine Basics for Women’s Fertility & Reproductive Health
Chinese medicine takes a close look at the intricate nature of women’s bodies through menstrual cycles, blood quality, and emotional balance. Each month, women shift through four different phases (blood, yin, yang, qi) that help to determine the health of their cycle. By balancing these phases and their underlying root issues, we can reduce or eliminate pain, clotting, cramping, PMS, irritability, hot flashes, migraines, appetite changes, and more.
For those who are hoping to become pregnant, Chinese herbal formulas can help to lay a healthy foundation for pregnancy by improving egg health, the uterine lining, and vitality.
Major Organ Systems in Chinese Medicine & Women’s Reproductive Health
Women’s health conditions often involve the Liver, as it is the Liver’s job to fill the uterus with blood and regulate the menstrual cycle. Issues in the Liver system often show up as PMS, pre-menstrual headaches, irritability, fibroids, or irregular cycles.
The Spleen must be strong and healthy for a healthy pregnancy to occur. Issues like dampness or weakness in the Spleen system can cause trouble getting pregnant or miscarriages. Spleen imbalances can also lead to poor energy and a lack of periods (amenorrhea).
The Kidney provides the body’s “essence” which can be translated as our reproductive potential. Poor egg quality, low energy, or recurrent miscarriages may have a root in a weak Kidney system.
Chinese medicine is a mind-body medicine, and there may be no clearer picture of this connection than in women’s health and fertility. Stress, anxiety, and sleep issues can easily disrupt the Heart system which has a special tie to the Kidneys and uterus. Soothing the Heart and emotions can help to improve menstrual health and encourage a successful pregnancy.
Common Fertility and Women’s Health Treatments in Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine takes a well-rounded approach to treating women’s health conditions. Herbal medicine is the most effective way to address menstrual issues like endometriosis, PMS, and infertility. Acupuncture is usually paired with Chinese herbs to help enhance blood flow and relieve stress. Most Chinese medicine practitioners will also recommend diet and lifestyle changes to help women achieve a more balanced state of health.
Chinese Herbal Formulas for Fertility and Women’s Care
Herbal medicine is the most direct way to address women’s menstrual cycles and balance hormones. Women’s health complaints, however, are extremely varied and individual. Rather than addressing issues like endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids, irregular cycles, infertility, migraines, or painful periods specifically, Chinese herbal formulas work on the underlying pattern of illness. With herbs, we can fix the root of the problem and heal from within.
Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan: Addresses Liver qi stagnation w/heat signs and is most often associated with treating PMS, dysregulated menses, and peri-menopausal/menopausal presentations.
Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan: This formula breaks blood stasis and warms the uterus to address gynecologial issues such as coldness in the abdomen, cramps, distension, bloating, and irregular menses. Often used clinically to address PCOS, ovarian cysts, and endometreosis.
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Flavor Rehmania): Addresses Kidney and Liver yin deficiency and is often used to address gynecological concerns such as menopause, fatigue, menstrual irregularities, and insomnia (note this formula has broad applications that go well beyond simply addressing gynecological concerns).
Fu Ke Zhong Zi Wan: This is a warming formula that addresses hormonal infertility in women, amenorrhea, and scanty or spotty menses.
Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan (White Phoenix Teapills): This formula strongly builds blood and tonifies yin and is very commonly used by women in China to maintain overall health, support energy levels, and regulate menstrual cycles. It is especially useful when heavy menses leaves the woman fatigued/drained of energy… also for blood loss post-partum or after surgery/injury.
Xue Fu Zhu Yu Wan: This formula invigorates blood circulation and breaks blood stasis to addresses PMS/menustrual pain, pain from traumatic injury, and internal masses and swellings.
Nu Ke Ba Zhen Wan: The classic women’s tonic to build energy following menses and post-partum.
Tong Jing Wan: Supports normal menstruation and addresses various presentations revolving around dysregulated menses, such as menstrual cramps, amenorrhea, irregular menses, and discharge of clots.
Tao Hong Si Wu Wan: Variation of the classic blood building formula in TCM (Si Wu Wan), this formula add two herbs two herbs that also help to move the blood that is created by the four base herbs. It is indicated for use to regulate the menses when there is amenorrhea or irregular menses, especially a shortened menstrual cycle combined with copious flow of dark-purple, sticky blood in which there may or may not be clots. This formula also helps alleviate abdominal pain and distention (cramps) when the pain worsens with pressure.
Wen Jing Wan: Regulates irregular menstruation and pain that is alleviated by the application of heat. Click here for Kingsway brand.
Special Herbs for Fertility and Women’s Care
The following are important herbs used in our popular women’s health formulas.
Dang Gui/Angelica: Dang gui is so commonly used in women’s health formulas that it is often referred to as “the woman’s herb.” Dang gui addresses a common underlying issue in many gynecological issues which is a lack of healthy blood and poor blood circulation. It also works to balance hormones and calm the mind.
Bai (Chi) Shao/Peony root: Peony root is used in both white (bai) and red (chi) varieties. Bai shao is often found in formulas that regulate the menstrual cycle, enhance fertility, and calm the mind. Chi shao is found in those that relieve irritation, reduce headaches and PMS, or cool excess heat in the system leading to heavy menstruation or hot flashes.
Chai Hu/Bupleurum root: Chai hu is a famous herb known for addressing issues like migraines, hormone imbalance, and emotional constraint.
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