Female Infertility: TCM and Stem Cell Therapy
Infertility is a complicated disease; either or both partners may have several contributing factors. And it usually becomes a major problem for many couples. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and advanced stem cell therapy are two effective options to address female infertility.
To address female infertility, we need to know firstly about conception process and what could cause female infertility.−
For pregnancy to happen, open fallopian tubes and a normal uterus are essentials, the steps for conception are as follows:
- A mature egg is released from one of the two ovaries.
- The egg is picked up by the fallopian tube and meets sperm in the fallopian tubes.
- Then fertilization happens.
- The fertilized egg travels down the fallopian tube to the uterus, and implants and grows there.
Many factors can disrupt this process at any step.
What could affect female fertility?
There are many causes and factors for female infertility. Besides genetic factors, acquired factors, including age, smoking, sexually transmitted infections, and being overweight or underweight, all can affect fertility.
From pathological perspective, female infertility can be caused by tubal factors, ovarian factors, hormonal factors, cervical factors, uterine factors, vaginal factors, and unexplained infertility.
Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM)
As China’s proud and essence, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been practiced in China for 2000 to 3000 years, and has formed its unique system to diagnose and treat illness. TCM methods include acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, Tui Na, etc.
Due to the effectiveness of TCM methods, Chinese has the lowest infertility rate in the world, less than 3%, while infertility rates in some countries are very high, some even up to 15%-17%. What could make this kind of difference? For one, Chinese medicine works on patient’s state of health holistically, improving the body’s immune system and adjusting body functions back to normal. For the other, a personalized treatment plan is always established for individual patients. According to different causes and symptoms, TCM doctors select different herbal medicine and different acupuncture points to address problems.
TCM for female infertility
According to the theory “adjust menstruation prior to pregnancy” in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, TCM treatments generally promote ovulation and improve the fallopian tube and uterus condition.
Chinese medicine is effective in treating functional infertility, which results from factors such as hormone imbalances, endocrine gland disorders, and emotional problems. Chinese medicine can also significantly improve some structural infertility problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, vaginitis, ovary dysfunction, and immune-system-related infertility.
Stem cell therapy combining with TCM for female infertility
At ReLife International Medical Center, besides the application of TCM in treating many kinds of infertility, stem cell therapy, this advanced technology, is also administered to address some complicated cases.
Why use stem cell therapy for infertility treatment?
Mesenchymal stem cell(MSC) therapy, either autologous or allogenic, is proved to be effective to address infertility. MSC has the characteristics of multi-directional differentiation potential, especially can differentiate into the damaged cells. By producing a variety of factors and enzymes to promote cell regeneration, the MSCs being injected into blood can locate into the impaired parts and repair the damaged cells and gradually restore the original reproductive function. At ReLife, allogenic mesenchymal stem cells are derived from umbilical cord tissue, while autologous mesenchymal stem cells are derived from patient’s own body tissue.
However, stem cell therapy applied alone is not that ideal as expected in treating infertility. When combined with TCM methods, the treatment effects of this combination are found to be much better than that of stem cell therapy alone. And compared with TCM treatment, this combination could shorten patient’s recovery period. This combination is designed by ReLife’s TCM doctors collaborating with western medicine doctors. Comprehensive TCM methods, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, Tui Na, etc. acting as supportive treatment, restore body’s Yin and Yang balance and thus prepare a better inner environment for the coming stem cells to survive and differentiate in the body. After the stem cell transplantation, we continually use TCM methods to create a synergy with stem cell therapy. In this way, the survival rate of stem cells injected into the body is improved substantially.
Regain your life
ReLife International Medical Center is located in Beijing, China. One of ReLife’s values is to help patients “regain their lives”. Having a baby could be a dream for many couples. Our medical team, made of highly-skilled TCM doctors and excellent western medicine doctors, is dedicated to help patients overcome this challenge and realize their dream.