Defining Fertility With Chinese Medicine

Defining Fertility With Chinese Medicine

From the Chinese Medicine Point of view, most causes of infertility are caused by chronic patterns. Basically, we see genetic weakness, systemic deficiencies such as xs cold in the system, and digestion also plays a part in fertility problems.

Yin and yang are concepts gathering the opposing physiology and pathology into a system of balance, uniting opposites in t he way of the Tao. Basically, yin reflects vacuity, cold, internal signs and the yang reflects excess, heat, external signs. They are not viewed as excess patterns as much as they are seen as deficiency. Therefore, excess yin is deficient yang with signs of cold, pale complexion, clear, copious urine, pale, moist, white tongue and a deep, slow pulse. Yang excess, or yin deficiency will show signs of heat, red face, agitation and red tongue body. In true yang excess there will be signs of fever, the whole face will be red and the pulse will be surging, rapid and forceful. In true yin vacuity, there will be a malar flush, heat and no coat on the tongue.

How Chinese Medicine works: Infertility: Defining terms

To analyze the patterns most frequently applied to problems of infertility, one needs an understanding of the mechanisms of action involved. This creates the differential diagnosis.


There are 2 aspects of the Kidneys, which are essential for fertility. They are part of the Jing or essence, which has a yin aspect and a yang aspect.

The part of the essence, which we inherit from our parents, the pre-natal qi, is the yang aspect and is called the Ministerial Fire. This is the ability to ‘spark’ conception. The other part is the acquired essence, which comes from the food and nutrition we take in and is transformed by the spleen and stomach. This is the substance of the yin aspect.