See our Women's Health subject guide for more suggestions on finding research related to this field.
Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine by Jane Lyttleton
This book has become a staple among fertility specialists and it is an excellent clinical handbook. For non-specialists, it provides a clear primer on the modern Chinese medicine view of infertility. Lyttleton uses both acupuncture and Chinese herbs for a variety of conditions that contribute to infertility. There are chapters on the Chinese medicine theory of infertility, menstrual cycle management, miscarriage, male infertility, and even how TCM can help assisted reproductive techniques used in Western medicine.
Chinese Medicine in Fertility Disorders by Andreas Noll and Sabine Wilms
For English-speaking practitioners, this book makes a significant contribution to the current body of knowledge on how Chinese medicine can affect fertility, addressing topics that include polycystic ovarian syndrome, sexual dysfunction, dietary recommendations, and emotional issues. The editors’ specific objective is to provide a contextual understanding based on classical Chinese medical texts on how the medicine and culture approach sexuality and reproduction, as well as useful clinical applications on topics not touched by other writings.
Sun Si Miao’s Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang/Essential 1000-Gold Formulary for Emergencies translated by Sabine Wilms
The Bei Ji Qian is a 7th century BCE classical text marks a shift in the clinical thinking of Chinese medicine practice, broadening the focus to include treatment specifically designed for women. This translation covers volumes 2-4 of the 30-book set. It is an extensive text covering many topics in obstetrics and gynecology including infertility, menstrual difficulties, labor, post-partum care and miscellaneous diseases.
Everything Conceivable by Liza Mundy
This non-fiction book is informative, non-judgmental, and well written by journalist Liza Mundy examining the cultural and political impact of assisted reproductive technology on the people who use the technology. There are several stories about women who frankly discuss their outcomes, including some that had twins and triplets. Ms. Mundy interviews egg donors, gestational carriers (surrogates), fertility doctors, embryologists, and managers of sperm banks and egg donation agencies. This book provides a clear snapshot of the world of assisted reproductive technology.
The Way of the Fertile Soul by Randine Lewis, PhD, LAc
Family building can be an emotionally arduous experience requiring resilience, patience and openness. This book is a staple in my library that I recommend to patients because it offers deeper spiritual support - something that I cannot provide during treatment.