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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


How to choose an Acupuncturist

How to choose an Acupuncturist

Acupuncture is not regulated in the UK. This effectively means that anyone can buy a box of needles on eBay and call themselves an acupuncturist! Following these five steps will ensure that you find a qualified, safe practitioner who is right for you.

  1.  Choose a type of acupuncture

There are several different types of acupuncture available in the UK:

‘Traditional Acupuncture’ is practiced by members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). BAcC members have completed over 3,600 hours of study that meets World Health Organisation standards, usually in the form of a full time BA or BSc (Hons) university degree in acupuncture. Their training includes Western medical theory, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and they are qualified to use acupuncture to treat the widest range of conditions. Each treatment they provide is uniquely formulated for you as an individual – like having a pharmacist design a new drug specifically for you.

‘Medical Acupuncture’ is practiced by people with Western medical training (like GPs and midwives) and ‘Dry Needling’ is practiced by people with training in manual therapies (like physiotherapists and chiropractors). Their acupuncture training ranges from 2 days to 6 months in duration. Some medical acupuncturists are members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS), and some Dry Needling courses are accredited by the British Acupuncture Society (BAS). Medical Acupuncturists treat a smaller number of conditions than Traditional Acupuncturists, and Dry Needling courses cover where to insert needles for certain musculoskeletal problems. Medical Acupuncture and Dry Needling uses set treatment protocols based on your symptoms – like being given a standard over-the-counter pill.

  1.  Ask about their qualifications

In the absence of statutory regulation, it is essential to check what acupuncture qualifications a practitioner has before starting treatment.

You can ask what type of acupuncture they practice, how long their acupuncture training was, what qualification they gained, who awarded the qualification, and whether they belong to a professional body. British Acupuncture Council members will have the letters ‘MBAcC’ after their name.

It is never rude to ask to see a practitioner’s certificates and fully qualified practitioners will be happy to oblige. You can often check their professional registration online. For example, you can search for an acupuncturist by name on the British Acupuncture Council website at to check their membership status.

  1.  Check their Environmental Health registration

Like all skin-piercing techniques, acupuncture carries a risk of cross-infection. This is minimised by following guidelines set out by each district council. By law, everyone practicing acupuncture and dry needling must be inspected by and registered with their local council’s Environmental Health department, and must display their registration certificate in their treatment room. There are two exceptions: medical practitioners (e.g. GPs and nurses) practicing on NHS premises, and British Acupuncture Council members practicing in Greater London (this is because British Acupuncture Council Members adhere to very strict Safe Practice Guidelines that meet or surpass those set out by the Care Quality Commission and district councils). If you can’t see an Environmental Health certificate in your practitioner’s treatment room, ask them about it.

  1.  Ask about their experience

Ask what experience your prospective acupuncturist has in treating your symptoms or condition. Some acupuncturists complete additional Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training or conduct research into specific areas, so ask about this too.

You can ask what their success rate is like, but be aware that this can be a difficult question to answer because every case is unique. For example, there are many factors that contribute to low back pain, meaning that some people will feel better after just one treatment, while others will need to use acupuncture alongside lifestyle changes to help manage their pain.

  1.  Decide if you like them

Once you have determined what type of acupuncture they practice, checked out their qualifications, professional accreditation and Environmental Health registration, and asked about their experience, decide if you feel comfortable with them. Feeling that you trust your practitioner will make your experience much more enjoyable.

Have a look at their website and ask around to see if any of your friends have had treatment with them. Many acupuncturists offer free 15-minute sessions where you can meet them, discuss your symptoms, and ask any questions you might have. Of course, you can always give them a call and have a chat before deciding whether or not to start treatment.

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.

Can your fallopian tube collect an egg from the opposite ovary?

A patient who had lost one of her fallopian tubes after it had ruptured following an ectopic pregnancy had been told by her consultant that her remaining tube could collect the egg coming from the other ovary too. I know the human body is amazing but I thought I’d do some investigating to see if this is actually the case and … yes it is!

Fallopian tubes are very malleable and can cross sides to pick up the egg on the opposite side of the ovary that releases it. Whilst your ovaries take turns releasing eggs unfortunately it’s not in a set pattern but quite random as to which one it will be. It will probably take you longer to conceive if you do have just one tube remaining as the remaining tube will more likely reach out to the ovary closest to the tube.