Category Archives: Fertility

Discontinue use of dong quai when trying to conceive?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am having fertility trouble. I am seeing a certified instructor who is advising me in Chinese meditation, including microcosmic orbit and healing sounds, as well as Dao In. He recommended that I take Angelica polymorpha (dong quai) for my painful monthly menstruation. Then I read that this herb could cause…

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Acupuncture treatments for fertility?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My husband and I have tried unsuccessfully to get pregnant for a year now and are considering acupuncture. Is there a standard acupuncture treatment for infertility? How can I determine which practitioner is the best? A: There are no standard acupuncture treatments for fertility. Each individual body is different with different…

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Herbs for Unexplained Infertility?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My husband and I have been diagnosed with “unexplained infertility”. I am starting acupuncture and massage treatments, and want to know if my husband should do the same. Also, are there any herbs that may help us? A: In general, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments for fertility range from three to…

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Recommendations for conceiving when nothing else works?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My partner and I do not have any health problems, and yet we are unable to conceive. We have tried every modern medical method to no avail. Now I am trying Chinese meditation and qigong. Do you have any other recommendations? Also, I have strong and painful menstruation. Could this be…

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Traditional Chinese medicine help to conceive?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I cannot conceive, although doctors have found that I am in good health. Do you have any recommendations for herbal treatment that can help me conceive? A: Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are both helpful with fertility challenges. I suggest you contact a licensed TCM practitioner to discuss your specific…

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Can liver problems affect fertility?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I don’t currently have liver disease, but could an imbalance with the liver affect fertility? A: Yes; in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) we call the liver “The General”. It is not only responsible for storing the blood—essential in ovulation, conception, and fertility—but it is also responsible for the proper circulation of…

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Foods to increase chances of getting pregnant?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Are there foods I can eat to increase my chances of getting pregnant? A: Depending on your current physical, emotional, and spiritual state, there are specific food and natural herbal products that can enhance your fertility. It is difficult to provide specifics without understanding your individual needs. Please seek advice from…

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Birth control affect fertility?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can talking birth control for an extended period of time (more than 20 years) affect my fertility? A: Birth control pills are an artificial induction of infertility to your body. The female body is specifically programmed to procreate and therefore produce the necessary monthly cycles. It is unnatural to force the…

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Can Chinese medicine help conception?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, We’ve been trying without success for a year. What can Chinese medicine do to help? A: Acupuncture and herbal treatments have demonstrated to be effective in various fertility issues. You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao herbal supplements helpful in improving your chances of conception: “Women’s Wellness”, “Enduring Youth”,…

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Changes in diet to improve chances of conceiving?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What changes can I make in my diet to improve my chances of conceiving? A: Diet impacts the woman’s fertility at many levels; first it has an impact on the body’s hormonal levels and balance. Second it impacts the structural elements including the muscles and tendons of involved in the uterine…

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