Friday, June 19, 2009

Overcome Infertility --Classical 5 Element Theories In Traditional Chinese medicine

Written By Kyle J. Norton. All right reserved. Any reproduction is allowed only with author mane and all links intact.
As we mentioned in previous articles, infertility is defined as inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse or can not carry the pregnancy to term. It effects over 5 millions couple alone in the U. S. and many times more in the world. Because of unawareness of treatments, only 10% seeks help from professional specialist. the unexplained causes of infertility is defined as if the woman and men reproductive system are function normally but the present-day medical technology and medical doctors can not give a reason why the couple can not conceive .In this article, we will discuss what is 5 element theories In traditional Chinese medicine in treating infertility

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I. Definition
The Classical 5 element theory has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 4000 years in determining all kinds of disease including infertility, because TCM treats the body as a whole identity. Any malfunction or disease of the body is considered as an imbalance of the 5 elements in the body. The 5 elements include wind, cold, heat, dry, and damp.

TCM diagnosis may contain the following:
1. General appearance
It is amazing that most TCM practitioners can feel some types of deficiency in your body by just looking at your facial appearance:
a) Physical appearance
b) Hair distribution
c) Your voice
d) Body build
e) Secondary sexual characteristics

2. Your body fat and fat distribution including fat around your breast
3. Thyroid enlargement
4. Irregular testes and penis
5. Infection and inflammation affecting the epididymis and prostate gland
6. Varicoceles
7. External genitalia

III. 5 element diagnosis
1. Wind
It is defined as qi obstruction in the body causing pain such as headaches.

2. Cold
Exposing yourself to cold may increase the risk of qi slowdown and reduce the energy flow in the body. Patients are considered cold if they are diagnosed with slow qi and lack of energy flow such as a slower heart beat, weaken immune system, kidney deficiency.

3. Heat
Exposing yourself to heat may increase the risk of energy overflow as well as speed up your body's function leading to infection and inflammation. The patient is considered to have 'heat' as the diagnosis when there is an overflow of energy, skin diseases, qi interruption, or the inability of the body's organs to discharge enough toxins.

4. Dry
This is considered as dehydration and significant dry skin. It may be caused by internal imbalances between qi, blood flow, yin, yang, and blockages of different energy pathways within the body.

5. Damp
Dampness is the indication of fluid and water retention in the body. It is considered as a common outcome of digestion that isn't efficient, causing diarrhoea and interfering with the natural downward movement of the contents of the stomach leading to heartburn and excessive saliva production. Dampness is normally caused by spleen qi deficiency.
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