Monday, 17 October 2011

TCM Treats Infertility, Fibroid, Endomeriosis and Menstrual Pain

TCM treat Infertility

According to the newspaper report, the estimated Singapore birth rate of 2010 is only 1.16.  
(1). I have a few couples who came to see me for their fertility problems. Most of the women were about 33 to 40 years of age. Some of them have already one child but not able to have a second child for some years. There were some who had miscarriages 2~3 times while the others had no child at all. Some of them had tried IVF but unsuccessful. There was one case where a woman who was 43½ years old  had a baby through IVF and wanted to have another baby at the age of 45. She told me doctors of IVF department are not willing to treat any patient who has reached 45 years of age.

On 11 Oct 2008, a couple came to see me in my clinic. The wife was 37½ yrs old while the husband was 39 years old. They were married for 7 years. The wife had two miscarriages, one in 2005, another in 2007. She had tried IVF too but not successful. They came to see me for a last try. Both of them were very determined to give it one last try. I asked them about the husband's seminal test results and the wife menses conditions. I prescribed 3 months' Chinese herbal medicine for both of them. They took the medicine faithfully. On 28th Feb 2009, they came to see me again.  This time they came with the wife’s mother. The mother came to see me for her knee pain and grumbled to me that the daughter had not conceived. The couple themselves was very nice and understanding. They never grumbled but expressed their wish to continue to take another 3 months' of medicine. The wife told me that she observed that after taking my medicine, her menses were more regular and had less blood coagulation.  On 5th Sept 2010, they surprised me by bringing their new born baby to my clinic, They told me the wife conceived in Oct 2009 and the baby was born in July 2010.

In this case, I would say the credit should go to the couple as they were really very determined to have a baby.  In most  cases, woman  are able to conceive but because their womb are not strong, they tend to have miscarriages. This group of women stand a good chance to have baby through herbal Chinese medicine.

(2).  A man, age 33, came with his wife last year to see me. He said National University Hospital had carried out a seminal appraisal test on him and found that the motility of the sperm was slow and the sperm count was also low. He was prescribed Vitamin E.  Then he  went to KK Hospital and he was prescribed Vigor-Ace Multi Vitamin and Tribestan.  After taking the medicine, he went to National University Hospital to have his seminal appraisal test again and found that his sperm count went even lower to 2.9m.

He said occasionally he had back pain and easily awaken at night. Other than that he was healthy.

I told him that he needed to take three months of Chinese Herbal Medicine and he could go for seminal test again to see whether the parameters have improved or not. One month after taking my medicine, he came and showed me the seminal report which was taken in National University Hospital. The result was good (see attached report, patient and Lab officer name had been blocked for privacy purpose).

PARAMETER                                              RESULT               WHO NORMS
Volume  (ml)                                                fr 2.9 to 4.1              ≥2.0
Concentration (x106/ml)                              fr 3.6 to 7.7              ≥20 x106/ml
Total sperm number (x106 /ejaculate)         fr 10.4 to 31.6          ≥40 x 106 /ejaculate
Motility (%)                                                   fr 35 – 46                 ≥50%(a)+ (b) or  ≥ 25%(a)
Vitality (% live)                                             fr 48 to 66                ≥50%

I was learning under a well-known professor in China, Chuan Zhou 泉州.  Her name is Zhong Xiu Mei 钟秀美教授. She was introduced by my mentor Professor Lee Kim Long李金龙教授She was very famous in treating fertility and other gynecological problems. She was then already 65 years old and was willing to impart her knowledge to me as she was about to retire from her post in Chuan Zhou Hospital (泉州中医院).  In this hospital, Chinese physicians are allowed to carry out small operations such as abortion, blockages fallopian tube surgery (通输卵管手术), pap smear, simple fibroid surgery etc. I had learnd a lot from her. At the end of the course, she gave me a book and asked me to treasure and learned from it. But many of her experience could not be used in Singapore as we (Chinese physicians) are not allowed to give injections or carry out surgery of any kind. However, we can prescribe Chinese medicine and teach couples who want to have babies when is best time to conceive baby and how to record temperatures etc.


Fibroid and Endometriosis and Menstrual Pain

In my clinic, I have seen many woman especially those around mid 30 who tend to have menstrual pain (经痛), fibroid in the uterus (子宫肌瘤) and endometriosis (子宫内膜异位症) problems.  These ladies are usually not married or they are married with no children. During their menses, they had great pain or sever pain that they need to take pain killer. Many of them told me that they had blood clots when they menstruate and the blood flow was heavy.

I told them that it is better that they continue to take some herbal medicine for 5~6 months.  These ladies came back every month to take medicine and most of them told me that their menstrual flow was better, more regular and their menstrual pain was reduced. Some of them even told me that they used to have headache before or after the menses.  After taking the herbal medicine, their headache was gone. Those women who had fibroid in the uterus, found that either the fibroid were reduced in size and it did not grow bigger.  Some of them told me that she had gone for operation to remove the fibroid in the uterus, after 3~4 years the fibroid grew again.  They went for a second operation to take away the fibroid again.  After the second rounds of operations, they decided to seek TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treatment.

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