Treating gynaecological disorders with traditional Chinese medicine: a review

Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2009 Jul 3;6(4):494-517. doi: 10.4314/ajtcam.v6i4.57181.


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has significant advantages in treating gynaecological disorders. The paper has provided a brief introduction on the current progress of treating some gynaecological disorders including endometriosis, infertility, dysmenorrhea, abnormal uterine bleeding, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal syndrome, uterine fibroids, chronic pelvic inflammation, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), cervicitis and vaginitis with Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) and acupuncture. The use of TCM in the field of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) has also been included in the review. In addition, thirty-two commonly used Chinese medicinal formulas in treating gynaecological disorders have been introduced.

Keywords: Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM); Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); acupuncture; gynaecological disorders; review.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Genital Diseases, Female / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional / methods*
  • Reproductive Techniques, Assisted
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal