By Andreas Noll & Sabine Wilms
This text provides a comprehensive overview of Chinese medicine therapies for fertility disorders. It reviews the basics of current Western reproductive medicine in terms of diagnosis, treatment options, and possible risks, then introduces the reader to traditional Chinese fertility treatments, providing information about how they complement Western reproductive medicine. The authors describe in detail the different treatment methods, ranging from qi gong and tui na, to moxibustion and acupuncture, to Chinese dietetics and medicinal therapy. The main section of the book provides in-depth discussion of specific fertility disorders and their management, including menstrual disorders, early menopause, sexual disorders, male infertility, endometriosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
It closes with a section on patient support, addressing issues such as the mind-body relationship and the impact of stress. Features include case studies with real-life examples of specific treatment approaches; extensive quotations from classical texts in translation; historical, cultural, and social perspectives from both modern and ancient Chinese culture, and peer contributions from Chinese medicine specialists. This is a useful reference for all physicians who seek to expand their perspective on managing fertility issues and a helpful resource for TCM practitioners.