TCM Gynaecology was a medical specialty that developed in China in the Tang (618-907) and Song dynasties (960-1278). It is a subject that was little studied by modern scholars until recently, even though at least 349 individual works were devoted to the topic by medical doctors over the centuries. It has great potential for throwing light on the issues of the changing nature of gender relations and the understanding of the body in traditional China.
Gynecology and TCM treatment
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.