Chinese Gynecology (fù kē, 妇科)

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Gynecology (women’s disorders) is one of the main branches with unique features. Chinese Gynecology (fù kē, 妇科) treats the entire spectrum of gynecological disorders, from premenstrual tension to period pain, from amenorrhea to menopausal symptoms, from endometriosis and myoma to infertility. Within the context of Chinese obstetrics, TCM is treating discomfort during pregnancy, threatened miscarriage and supports the delivery.

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The history of Chinese Gynecology

Chinese Gynecology was established as an official medical specialty in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) over a thousand years ago in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Song Dynasty (960-1279). During this time Chinese Gynecology had its peak, although some Chinese gynecologists had already practiced Chinese Gynecology hundreds of years ago. There is already evidence of this in the Qin- (221 BC – 207 BC) and Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD).

Since that time the principles and treatment methods of Chinese Gynecology have been further developed and refined over the centuries. So, today we can speak about a completely independent and sophisticated specialty, which is very effectively used nowadays.

How does Chinese Gynecology work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a profound understanding and knowledge of Gynecology and the treatment of gynecological disorders. Chinese Gynecology has been developed following the core principle of TCM or holism. It is said that a woman’s good health depends upon the well-coordinated regulation and harmony of the qì and blood. This means, if the woman’s physiology, the interaction of qì and blood and the connected organs function synergistically, thus making the female body a single organic unit. In this case, menstrual disorders, gestational diseases, menopausal disorders and birthing diseases are not easily engendered.

After a detailed survey of your cycle, your period and diagnosing your pulse and tongue the most effective treatment plan for you is then created. Your individual treatment plan has the aim of restoring your normal body functions. The earlier intervention takes place in the disturbed functions, the faster and more effective pathogenic processes can be treated or prevented. In Chinese Gynecology the predominant therapies are Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. It is also important to consider dietary behavior and lifestyle habits. Individual advice on this will complete your therapy.

It’s a fact that TCM has a long history and good efficacy in treating and nursing gynecological disorders. With its therapeutic modalities, TCM is an effective and individually tailored system in managing women’s health.

Areas of application of Chinese Gynecology

  • Menstrual disorders: menstrual irregularities (too long, too short, irregular), too much or too less menstrual blood, amenorrhea (absence of a menstrual period), PMS (Premenstrual syndrome), dysmenorrhea (period pain), infertility
  • Menopausal syndrome (menopausal disorders): hot flashes, night sweats, vertigo, sleep problems, fatigue, mood changes and irritability
  • Vaginal discharge: itching, inflammation, infection
  • Chinese obstetrics: discomfort during pregnancy such as morning sickness, back pain, abdominal pain, threatened miscarriage and supportive therapy for delivery
  • Symptoms after childbirth: lochia retention, pain, fever, night sweats, exhaustion, anemia (low blood cell count, low hemoglobin) and lactation disturbances
  • Other: endometriosis (abnormal growth of the endometrium outside the uterus), PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), myoma (benign tumor of the uterus), emotional problems, inflammation and infection of the lower abdomen

Additional specialties

Infertility / fertility treatment
Chinese Dermatology
Miscellaneous (TCM – General medicine)

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