Improving Fertility

The use of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are known for improving fertility for both men and women. It is a well-known in fertility centers and more and more scientific evidence is being conducted and gathered supporting the effectiveness of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. At the natural health practice, our practitioners are well equipped with knowledge and skills to assist the main different reason why fertility maybe an issue. We use traditional philosophy whilst keeping western diagnostic.

Some of the common concerns which can be assisted with the use of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine include but not limited to the list below



Amenorrhea is the lack of a menstrual period, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help address the many different types.  These include exercise-induced amenorrhea, PCOS, hormonal insufficiencies, and some types of imbalances with the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis.  At the Sydney Acupuncture clinic the experienced acupuncturists will provide customised treatment plan of herbal formulas based on each specific case to help the ovaries begin to ovulate and the cycles to become regular and a series of acupuncture sessions.   They may also suggest some dietary and lifestyle changes to help support your treatments.



Our clinic is seeing more women of age coming in with a noticed ovarian reserve (or the capacity of the ovary to produce viable eggs) decline. In some females this happens prematurely whilst in other females the right time to attempt to conceive has come later in life and so a decrease in reserve can pose a problem with their intent to become pregnant. Mutually both cases will create issues, but recent studies are showing that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help these women achieve a pregnancy.



With aging, women’s hormones which regulate the menstrual cycle begin to change. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) which is a hormone released from the pituitary gland signals the ovaries to start preparing an egg to ovulate each cycle. It can become elevated as we age and increased levels are related with decreased fertility. FSH levels fluctuate each cycle and can respond very well to treatments with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Most fertility clinics require FSH to be within a certain range in order to proceed with an IVF, so regulating this hormone can be very important for fertility and the success of treatments like IVF.



Endometriosis can be one of the leading causative factors in pelvic pain. It can substantially affect a woman’s ability to conceive. Endometriosis will cause uncomfortable, heavy or irregular periods in most case but sometimes can be asymptomatic (no symptoms) only discovered when a woman pursues treatment for infertility. A combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs aimed at improving blood circulation, clearing inflammation, relieving pain.



Many women experience irregularly periods each month, which can make conception difficult.  Irregular menses can be due to an array of  imbalance in hormone fluctuations throughout the monthly cycle.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are wonderful for balancing the hormones and encouraging a more predictable ovulation, which helps regulate the menstrual cycle.



Clinical research has demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture used in conjunction with IVF. The studies demonstrating up to a 50% increase in success rate with acupuncture vs. without. Acupuncture enables improved success rates by increasing blood flow to the ovaries during the stimulation phase of IVF, improving the effectiveness of the treatment. Acupuncture can also relax the uterus and addresses uterine spasm after embryo transfer. Acupuncture as a positive can also reduces stress, calms anxiety, and offsets side effects of the fertility drugs.



During an Intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycle, acupuncture can help increase conception rates by improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, improving the effectiveness of any medications used, and assisting in the development of follicles and the uterine lining. Acupuncture also helps to address uterine spasm around the time of potential implantation and can treat any side effects that arise from the fertility drugs.



It has been estimated that around 43% of women report issues with libido. Many of the most common complaints can be addressed using Chinese medicine. In women, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help address low desire, dryness, inability to orgasm, painful intercourse, and problems with arousal.



When the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (the phase after ovulation until the menses or a pregnancy is achieved) is shorter than ten days, it is diagnosed as luteal phase defect. Women with this condition often experience difficulty conceiving and may have low levels of the hormone progesterone. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help support the ovarian function, improve progesterone levels and lengthen the luteal phase.



Male factor infertility accounts for 40% of couples struggling to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been shown in recent studies to help improve sperm count, motility, and morphology, as well as correcting some immune factors such as anti-sperm antibodies that can interfere with conception. Treatments that affect sperm quality in both Chinese medicine and Western medicine can take a minimum of 3-4 months, so it’s best to start as soon as possible.



Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is becoming an increasingly prevalent cause of infertility. Women with PCOS are not ovulating and many do not have periods or have irregular cycles. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs to be very effective at stimulating ovulation and regulating their cycles. Recent reputable studies have shown these treatments to be as effective as the fertility drug clomid in stimulating ovulation.



Premenstrual symptoms are very responsive to treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Headaches, cramping, breast tenderness, bloating, moodiness, acne, insomnia, and changes in bowel movements can all be resolved with regular treatments. In combination with specific dietary changes, most women see an improvement in their PMS symptoms within one to three cycles.



There are many causes of recurrent miscarriage, some of which can be addressed with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Our experienced acupuncturists can help determine potential imbalances leading to early pregnancy loss, and will refer to leading physicians for testing and concurrent medical treatment when appropriate. Studies have shown acupuncture to prevent some types of miscarriage, so we recommend our newly pregnant ladies to continue acupuncture treatments into their pregnancies.



The modern diet and stress-filled lifestyles we often lead can wreak havoc on our hormones in multiple ways. Stress hormones communicate can lead to a cascade of signalling in our bodies, causing blood to divert away from organs like the digestive and reproductive systems. Since many hormones are dependent upon one another to remain balanced, over time, excess levels of stress can lead to imbalances in the reproductive hormones, potentially affecting fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and in conjunction with Chinese herbs can work to regain hormonal balance of the entire body.



Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus and are often are associated with heavy periods, cramping, bleeding or spotting between periods, abdominal swelling, and sometimes pain during intercourse. They can also interfere with the ability to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be effective as treatment for fibroids or as conjunctive treatment with Western medical interventions when fibroids are advanced in size.



The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Rodd Sanchez Top Ten Health Tips

Top Ten better health Tips

These health tips are a collection of ideas and thoughts which i have used and suggested during the past years.



Laugh and smile regularlysmile and laugh

Reduce stress and pain through laughter Increase oxygen in body

Connect you to others in a common theme




Whole body: at least once a month, help improve muscle tightness and lymphatic system.

Self-massage : increase blood circulation to face (better complexion), hands and feet for activation of micro pressure points


Drink more waterdrink water


Hair , skin, joints and bones improvement

Improve bowel function


Sleep wellsleep well

Sleep to lose weight

Sleep to grow and repair

Around 6 to 8 per night


Daily Sun bathSun Bathing

Vitamin D increase

Early morning and Evening Only (slip slop slap)




Walking barefoot on grass or sand

Submerge in salt water



Exercise daily qi gong tai chi exercise

Daily stretching

Daily Qi gong or Daily Tai-Chi

Weights training

Walking: Walking with a purpose and a reason.


Eat wellfermented

Eat with the seasons

Eat to live , don’t live to eat

Seek for nutrition not calories

Eat like a king for breakfast, prince for launch like a pauper for dinner



Remove toxins from your lifedetox

Harsh cleaning chemicals

Contaminated hygiene and bathing products

Toxic relationships , jobs and or people

Do what you love and love what you do!


May yours days be filled with joy, love and peace


Thermodynamic Therapy

Thermodynamic Therapy

Heat or Ice

The use of hot and cold thermodynamic therapy are two of the most used types of non-invasive and non‑addictive pain-relieving therapies for muscle pain, joint pain and even internal pains. Which one you use depends on many factors. In general, for an acute injury with inflammation and possibly bruising and swelling, ice will decrease the blood flow to the injury site and therefore decrease inflammation and swelling. Pain which is chronic can be assisted with heat, which will promote blood flow to the area and thus encourage repair and healing.

The following information can assist as to the when’s and how’s to use thermodynamic therapies.

Can cold therapy help? How can ice help?

cold therapy

ice cubes

The use of ice or cold therapy will slow down the flow of blood to the injured area thus reducing pain and swelling. The use of cold therapy will slow circulation, reduce inflammation, muscle spasm and pain. It can be used for areas of an acute injury which has visible signs of swelling and/or bruising. Cold is applied by an ice, gel pack or even frozen vegetables. Cold treatment should only be used for 24 to 48 hours after the initial injury. Ice therapy can be fabulous for strains, sprains, lumps – bumps and bruises that may occur in sports or clumsy life. Apply cold packs or ice bags to the injured area for no more than 20 minutes at a time. Ice is not to be applied for any longer than 20 minutes every 2 hours. It is advisable to wrap ice or ice packs in a thin towel prior to applying. At the Natural Health Practice, there are herbal products like Zheng Gu Shui (mend the broken bone liquid) or San Huang (Herbal Ice) which can be used to assist.


Heat therapy, what is it doing?

Thermodynamic Therapy heatHeat can dilate blood vessels, which increase the blood flow and supply of oxygen and nutrients to reduce pain at the site of the joint, it also reduces sore muscles, tendons and ligaments. Heat can decrease muscle spasms and improve range of motion by improving flexibility of tendons and ligaments.

Heat can be supplied in many ways such as electric or microwavable wheat heat pads, hot water bottles and hot water baths. At the clinic, we also use moxi-bustion therapy which can be applied in many different ways, from using moxa sticks to rice grain moxa. All heat given should be warm to hot, but not burning. There should a consistent temperature for optimum results.

Can heat be used safely?

Yes if followed correctly. If applying at home do not place directly on skin, instead, wrap the hot source in a thin towel and do not use for longer than 20 minutes, unless requested. Also, do not use if there is swelling, poor circulation or diabetes, open wound or stitches. At the practice, we will use heat in conjunction with products like Woodlock (warm arthritic oil) or Tiger Balm to increase the warming effect. In addition, during the colder winter months, we may also use ginger or garlic made biscuits to use with moxa therapy (more on this in the colder months).