The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies

ISBN: 0316159212
ISBN 13: 9780316159210
By: Randine Lewis Radine Lewis

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Infertility affects one out of six couples today. Dr. Lewis presents a groundbreaking alternative approach to infertility, explaining how she used traditional Chinese medicine to treat her own infertility, successfully conceiving and giving birth to two children.

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Fascinating way of looking at fertility from a Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) view. Written by an MD and TCM provider. Minus one star for too much self-promotion and too many examples of people who were lucky enough to get pregnant after applying some of the principles in the book. Otherwise, this was compelling enough to make me go to one of the "retreats" held by the author. Has made me look at the demands I make on my body in a new way. General rule: be gentle.


A lot of people SWEAR by this book. It is a terrific (sometimes too in depth) book about Traditional Chinese Medicine and how it has cured infertility for some people. What I like about this book is it gives you some hope and steps to take for overcoming infertility. It is easy to go over the top, however, with all the restrictions Dr. Lewis wants you to put in place on diet and you may be swallowing pills forever if you try to keep up with all the supplements recommended. But if you are looking for really good info on TCM and trying to solve infertility issues, read this book!


Even if you aren't experiencing infertility, it teaches you a lot about your body.


A LOT of education on various fertility disorders and how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views them. I love that the author gives a prescription specific to the individual to target infertility. One drawback: It can seem really overwhelming and convoluted at times. But, I believe the author did a great job making treatment as simple as possible considering how complicated TCM is.


This book is very full of valuable information for women trying to conceive and also women who aren't. I've been following her advice from this book and my skin has cleared up and my periods are less painful... and i have lost weight without trying.

Kimber Hattendorf

I recommend this for all women to help understand how their reproductive organs function even if you are not interested in having children.


I didn't quite understand the depth of Chinese medicine. It does bring to light that the body should be balanced before trying aggressive western treatment.


Info on how TCM (acupuncture & herbs) can help balance hormonal systems in the body. While I know that it works, I won't say that I swear purely by it and that it's the only thing that works.

Lisa Carr

Definitely helpful if you are new to acupuncture and are seeking help for infertility. Offers insight on the difference between Western and Eastern medicine and their approaches to women, aging, and infertility.


Very useful guide to using a Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to getting pregnant. It includes acupuncture and acupressure techniques, herbs, massage, and nutrition, as well as specific information for particular issues like PCOS and fibroids. I referred back to it often as I was getting acupuncture to see what my acupuncturist was working on.I found the title offputting given the diversity of ways a couple or individual can be infertile, but overall I found the book very useful and appreciated the maps of the acupressure points so I could do some work on my own without my acupuncturist. I would not recommend reading this book as a "cure" but rather as a menu of gentle options to try to complement, supplement, or replace other methods.


I recommend this book to anyone who is having trouble getting pregnant, and especially anyone trying who is over thirty. Dr. Lewis is a certified Western reproductive endocrinologist but practices Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for fertility. She explains that differences in diagnosis and treatment in TCM and Western medicine throughout the book. Chinese medicine is an viable alternative for women who are unsure about wanting to have IUIs and IVF, or who want to try those as a last resort. TCM is an extra strategy in the fertility journey. There are many conditions that are not treated/recognized in Western fertility treatment, that are treatable in TCM.


...lots of info, some misleading language (i.e. title--author espouses there is no such thing as "infertility" then titles her work under such binary language), a strong reference manual for any individual or couple trying to conceive. i think this book is most beneficial if one is already working with holistic heath care practitioners. many chapters felt to be written to practitioners, while others were directed to patients. also, it might be disheartening for those who have already begun the western route of ART treatments as the author does attempt to dissuade some of those approaches. that being said, an excellent supplemental reading that i most likely will return to over the coming months.


This is a good book for women to read who want to take a natural approach to getting pregnant. I'm reading it so that I know what it says and can recommend it to my patients.

Livia Blackburne

Really interesting. The author's medical background gives her a more scientific approach than Fertility Wisdom and makes the book more palatable to those with a western science education


This is an amazing book. If you've already memorized the basics of charting and cycles as given in TCOYF, this is a great next step whether you think you're interested in Chinese medicine or not. If nothing else, there are many examples of charts and symptoms and explanations of their various associations in TCM.The author also gives tons of information that is useful to someone (like me!) who may not have the financial resources to employ an acupuncturist. There are good diagrams with acupressure points and instructions, and quite thorough descriptions of many Chinese herbs.I really can't recommend this highly enough to anyone who is TTC, and even anyone who is just interested in another perspective on their monthly cycles.

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