Premature ovarian failure (POF)，also known as primary ovarian insufficiency，refers to the loss of normal function of ovaries before age 40. Finding out having POF can be extremely upsetting, especially for women who hope to become pregnant. And premature aging, as the possible consequence of POF, can be devastating result for women who pay much attention to their appearance.
Possible origins of POF include general weakness and malnourishment, genetic disorder, chemotherapy or surgery, emotional stress or trauma, chronic overweight or underweight, chronic illness, an irregular sex life, as well as the habitual consumption of cold, raw, or greasy foods, etc.
A woman who has primary ovarian failure is very likely to have osteoporosis and depression or anxiety, as well as having some or all of the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, vaginal dryness, low sex drive, or trouble sleeping.
Comparison of Different Treatments for Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
Currently, western medicine doctors mainly use hormone therapy to manage POF. But long-term application may cause a series of side effects. For patients who are looking for safe, natural, and effective alternatives, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and stem cell therapy are two superior options.
Both traditional Chinese medicine and stem cell therapy share the same goal with conventional western medicine – to restart the periods and to restore the normal cycle. But there is a significant difference existing between them. Traditional Chinese medicine stimulates the body to regulate its naturally-occurring hormones and restore the normal hormone function; stem cell therapy not only repairs the damaged reproductive cells, but also regulates the immune function. While conventional western medicine restores the function of the thalamus-pituitary-ovary axis through the use of artificial hormones, which has very bad long-term effects on the body.
How TCM Work on Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)
TCM methods can regulate the symptoms that are associated with premature ovarian failure (POF), like imbalanced hormones, irregular periods, night sweats, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and a deficient uterine lining. When all of these symptoms are improved, the overall fertility of the patient is improved. Once the women’s ovarian function is restored, they generally have great chances of conceiving naturally.
In treating POF, main forms of TCM include acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, Tui Na(therapeutic massage), etc. The purposes of these TCM methods are to increase blood flow to the pelvic cavity, to nourish the ovaries and encourage proper ovulation, to regulate the endocrine system.
Relying on precise diagnosis and differentiation, TCM doctors always establish a personalized treatment protocol for each individual patient. They select different herbal medicine and different acupuncture points, perform suitable other treatment methods, to improve the body’s immune system and adjust ovarian function back to normal.
Stem cell therapy combining with TCM for POF
At ReLife International Medical Center, besides the application of TCM in treating POF, stem cell therapy, this advanced technology, is also administered to address POF.
Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC), either autologous or allogenic, is proved to be effective to address POF. Allogenic mesenchymal stem cells are derived from umbilical cord tissue, while autologous mesenchymal stem cells are derived from patient’s own body tissue. 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 ovarian function.
According to clinical experience, stem cell therapy, when combined with TCM methods, can achieve the best results for patients. Comprehensive TCM methods, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, Tui Na, 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, TCM methods are continually used to create a synergy with stem cell therapy. In this way, the survival rate of stem cells injected into the body is improved substantially.
The treatment effects of this combination are found to be much bettter than that of stem cell therapy alone. And compared with TCM treatment, this combination shortens patient’s recovery period .
This combination is designed by ReLife’s TCM doctors collaborating with western medicine doctors. ReLife International Medical Center is located in Beijing, China, which is dedicated to help patients “regain their lives”. We sincerely hope China’s ancient and illustrious medicine, as well as advanced biotechnology can bring health and happiness back to your life.