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Chinese Herbs for Removing Fallopian Tube Blockages

The fallopian tubes connect a woman’s ovaries to their uterus to allow an egg to be transported along. The fertilisation of the egg by the sperm usually occurs in one of the fallopian tube and after 5 days the embryo is transported along the tube to the uterus for implantation. Fallopian tube blockage is thought to account for up to a third of infertility cases whereby 375x321_fallopian_tubethe tube is blocked by mucus plugs, scar tissue, fluid or debris thus preventing the fertilisation of the egg by the sperm. In some cases, herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine can help to remove the fallopian tube blockage.

 

 

It is thought that some herbal medicines work by reducing inflammation and irritation in the fallopian tubes. Active substances found in these herbs can help to soften or break down scar tissue and adhesions and dissolve cell debris and mucus plugs. They also decrease inflammation and remove scar tissue caused by an ectopic pregnancy or by infections such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia. Herbal medicines are usually administered as a tea, pill or capsule or by using an herbal chinese-medicineenema containing the herbal medicines. Readymade herbal tampons are also available from some suppliers. The active substances are then carried by the blood stream to the fallopian tubes.

 

The Herbs Leonurus (Yi Mu Cao) and Siegesbeckia (Xi Xian Cao)

 

These herbal medicines are used together in traditional Chinese medicine to remove blockages in the fallopian tubes caused by a variety of reasons. In clinical studies conducted in China, the herbs Yi Mu Cao and Xi Xian Cao proved to clear blocked fallopian tubes within 10 days in most women.

 

The Enzyme Serrapeptase

 

Partial or complete obstructions caused by scar tissue in the fallopian tubes are caused by infections, injuries or inflammation. Traditional Chinese medical herbs for fallopian tube blockages are also used in conjunction with an enzyme called serrapeptase, which also works by helping to break down scar tissue and cystic tissue in the fallopian tubes and promote blood circulation in all the reproductive organs.

 

If you would like to discuss any of this information or if you have a fallopian tube blockage and want to find out if Chinese herbal medicine and/or acupuncture can help you then please contact Dr (TCM) Angelo D’Alberto on 0207 073 2939 or email at info@angelodalberto.com.

 

Using Chinese Herbs During IVF

Using Chinese Herbal Medicine During an IVF cycle

Generally, I do not prescribe any Chinese herbal medicine to patients during an IVF cycle, asking them to stop a couple of weeks beforehand and to just continue with their acupuncture treatment. However, I do encourage patients to continue with their herbs alongside acupuncture where they have had 2 or more stimulated IVF cycles and responded poorly to the drugs so that very few eggs or embryos were produced.

In Chinese medical thinking when the Kidney energy and Blood is nourished then ovarian function should also improve making the ovaries more responsive to the IVF medication. The Chinese herbs and acupuncture will also improve the flow of energy (Qi) and Blood in the pelvic area with the aim of improving implantation rates of the embryo.

The use of Chinese herbs during cycles involving the transfer of frozen embryos is fine if deemed necessary. Similarly, during IUI cycles where no down-regulating drugs are being used there is no contraindication to using Chinese herbs. The use of Chinese herbs where Clomid (clomiphene citrate) is being taken has been well documented and researched by numerous trials in China and is strongly recommended.