Treating infertility with traditional Korean medicine

In many cases, infertility is treatable. According to a review published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, female infertility treatment programs employing traditional Korean medicine conducted by local governments in Korea can result in positive outcomes.

  • Complementary and alternative treatment methods, such as acupuncture and moxibustion, have been used traditionally to cure infertility.
  • The authors of the review requested information from reports from the Health & Welfare Ministry of Korea and the Association of Korean Medicine (AKOM) on infertility treatment programs and related sources covering the years 2006 to 2016.
  • Additional information was obtained from six Korean databases.
  • The authors obtained nine reports and 13 programs. Each treatment program lasted from three to nine months and included a variety of interventions, including herbal medicine, acupuncture, fumigation, and massage.
  • A total of 1,023 women participated in the programs, 887 of which completed the treatments. Of these, 23.1 percent or 205 reported a successful pregnancy. No adverse reaction was reported.

The researchers concluded that interventions used in traditional Korean medicine have a positive effect on female fertility and pregnancy rate. These interventions may, therefore, be used as a primary treatment for infertility before assisted reproduction techniques are utilized.

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Journal Reference:

Kim KH, Jang S, Lee JA, Go H-Y, Jung J, Park S, Lee MS, Ko S-G. CHARACTERISTICS AND OUTCOMES OF FEMALE INFERTILITY TREATMENT PROGRAMS USING TRADITIONAL MEDICINE IN KOREA: A MULTISITE ANALYSIS. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 1 June 2018;24(6):570–577. DOI: 10.1089/acm.2016.0384

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