Traditional Asian Medicine And Women's Reproductive Health: Current Research Trends

Author

Katya Chobotova, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Proceeding

1st International Conference & Exhibition on Women's Health & Asian Traditional (WHAT) Medicine

Date

23/8/2005

Keyword

Traditional Asian Medicine, reproductive health, efficacy and safety , Traditional Chinese Medicine , Ayurveda

Abstract

The aim of this presentation is to review recently published research on the clinical use of traditional Asian medicine in the area of reproductive health, focusing specifically on medical trials in the areas of fertility regulation, assisted reproduction, pregnancy and childbirth. There is broad agreement among mainstream medical practitioners and researches for the need of research into the efficacy and safety of traditional methods of maintaining reproductive health.  Numerous studies are now being published to meet this need, particularly on the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.  Beginning with a brief survey of the most promising results among these studies, this presentation will identify the key trends that are now emerging in this field.  The presentation will then consider methodological aspects of the research.  It will compare the methodologies in mainstream biomedical research with the emerging standard approaches in researching traditional Asian medicine.  It will conclude with a number of challenges for future research in this field.