Is acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine better in the treatment of infertility?
There is no simple answer to this question. To some extent, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been developed to be used hand in hand. As a consequence they are theoretically complementary. Though, there are certain conditions which are best treated with acupuncture. Likewise, there are certain conditions best suited to Chinese herbal medicine. Each has their own comparative advantage.
Based on my clinical experience, I have devised treatment protocols which are designed to administer acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the most effective manner. Speaking in a very general sense, these treatment protocols tend to focus more on acupuncture when psychogenic causes (stress) are presented. When there are more clinical causes such as poor egg quality, low number of eggs and thin endometrial wall are presented, Chinese herbal medicine tends to be better.
Please note, the above differentiation between acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is for indicative purposes only. The choice of using acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine is best made by Dr Kirk Wilson (the principal practitioner at the Fertility and IVF Acupuncture Clinic) after consultation. The treatment of fertility using acupuncture and/or herbal medicine is very complicated and a custom tailored treatment plan will be devised to treat your specific case of infertility.
Some patients are nervous about receiving needles. Others are not sure if they want to take Chinese herbal medicine. If you are in this position, please let Dr Wilson know at the time of your consultation. He will then be able to discuss with you how he can change the treatment protocol to suite your special needs. It must be understood that if Dr Wilson needs to change the treatment protocol to match your preference for either acupuncture or herbal medicine, the efficacy of the treatments will be diminished. The degree to how much the effectiveness of the treatments is reduced will depend on the causes of your infertility along your choice to not use acupuncture or herbal medicine.