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Symposium on Infertility Treated with Acupuncture and Herbs in BUCM US Center for Chinese Medicine

A symposium on infertility treated with acupuncture and medicinal herbs was held by BUCM US Center for Chinese Medicine (USCCM) from August 25 to 26. Lectures were given by Professor Wang Biqin, a gynecologist from BUCM, Professor Jin Ming, a renowned gynecologist of Chinese medicine from New York, and Zhang Yaosheng, an andrologist from BUCM. Dr. Frank E Chang, an American expert on reproductive endocrinology and infertility, had a discussion with the Chinese experts at the center. He then invited the experts to visit the Shady Grove Fertility. Acupuncturists from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Massachusetts attended the symposium.

BUCM USCCM Symposium on Infertility Treated with Acupuncture and Medicinal Herbs

 

Dr. Frank E Chang

(from left to right) Zhang Yaosheng, an andrologist of Chinese medicine, Wang Biqin and Jin Ming, gynecologists of Chinese medicine, and Dr. Frank E Chang, an American expert on reproductive endocrinology and infertility and IVF

Experts visited the Shady Grove Fertility

A group photo in front of the “commemorative photos of hundreds of newborns”

Infertility has become the third major threat to human health following cancer and cardiovascular diseases. China’s infertility rate has risen from 2.5% 20 years ago to 15% in 2012, with more than 50 million patients. There is similar situation in the United States, where one in eight couples is infertile. In 2017, Human Reproduction Update, one of the world’s top journals in the field of reproduction, gynecology and obstetrics, published a study of the greatest scale on the changes in human sperm counts. Survey data showed that globally the sperm concentration has fallen by 59.3% in the past 40 years. The Orthodox Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics (Nv Ke Zheng Zong, 《女科正宗》), an ancient classic of Chinese medicine, says that “the key to reproduction is that men have strong sperms and women have regular menstruation”. Therefore, the purpose of this symposium is to explore the ways to improve the efficacy of infertility treatment with both acupuncture and medicinal herbs combined with modern diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and with reference to the wisdom of the ancients.

Professor Wang Biqin, a disciple of Professor Guo Zhiqiang, a famous expert of gynecology of Chinese medicine, is in charge of a workplace for the inheritance of Guo Zhiqiang’s academic legacy. During the symposium, she shared Professor Guo’s academic thoughts on the treatment of infertility with medicinal herbs. She explained the successful treatment featuring proven formulas administered in order, which  included decoction for nourishing blood and regulating menstruation, decoction for nursing the uterus, decoction for promoting ovulation and decoction for fetal development. Professor Jin Ming, Tongrentang Mingqi Center and former chairwoman of the United Alliance of New York State Licensed Acupuncturists, gave a detailed lecture on acupuncture and in vitro fertilization (IVF) technology. She shared valuable clinical experience in treating infertility with acupuncture and medicinal herbs in the United States and elucidated her understanding of and attitude towards life from the viewpoints of Chinese and Western medicine and humanities, which greatly moved the audience. Professor Zhang Yaosheng, an expert in andrology of BUCM, introduced his  years of clinical experience in the treatment of  asthenospermia caused by varicocele and related clinical research results, and his experience of diagnosis and treatment of oligoasthenospermia and other problems. Acupuncturists who attended the symposium said they had benefited greatly and looked forward to more high-level meetings hosted by USCCM to jointly enhance the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine.

On the evening of August 27, Professor Wang Biqin delivered a public lecture “Women’s Health We Care”. She suggested prevention and early diagnosis and treatment of irregular menstruation, premature ovarian failure, menopausal syndrome and gynecological tumors by seeking help from Chinese medicine. She answered  health-related questions raised by female audience of different ages participating in the event on the spot. She also gave advice on how to adopt dietary therapies and medicinal tea such as Chinese angelica mutton soup, egg with tall gastrodia tuber and rose and lily tea. Her talk was warmly welcomed.