April 20, 2008


The TAO Of FERTILITY: A Healing Chinese Medicine Program to Prepare Body, Mind and Spirit for New Life By: Daoshing Ni and Dana Herko


Message from the Publisher:

An esteemed doctor who has helped countless women achieve their dream of having a child offers his program for enhancing fertility through traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Dr. Daoshing Ni, descended from more than 70 generations of Taoist masters, has achieved renown among high-tech infertility specialists, TCM practitioners, and his many devoted patients. The Tao of Fertility is the first book combining a practical plan for conceiving using TCM with empowering Taoist principles that can carry you through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.

My Review:

After I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-three, my oncologist suggested that I go to see a fertility specialist. This being that my ovaries were affected by the chemotherapy and my chances of conceiving would be drastically lowered. The fertility specialist immediately recommended many types of drugs, needles and having IVF and then an FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer). I was devastated to say the least. Few doctor's have mastered how to handle this delicate problem that plagues women today. Dr. Dao is one of them. He doesn't shy away, as if it only exists in the minds of the women facing it, instead he leads the way to hope and promise of fertility.

This book is a blessing! It speaks volumes with both knowledge and information that is easily readable and understood. Dr. Dao, Being a Taoist with their full understanding of balance, mind, body, and nature, many of these concepts were new to me and I was pleased to find that all the information given seemed logical, easy to follow and most importantly, achievable! An important aspect to women searching through the seemingly endless amount of information on this subject.

From the diets to detoxify to the daily meditation to relax the mind, there is something for everyone struggling with fertility in this book. Included are recipes, suggestions for herbal supplements, questionnaires, and charts that are easy to follow and bring hope to those trying to increase the likelihood of getting pregnant! This is an astonishing turn around in fertility books. I've read many books on this very subject and most jump into the available drug treatments, IVF, and surgical solutions used to help women with this problem.

This book includes more than the usual doctor's message of eating a sensible diet, not smoking, exercising and staying positive. Dr. Dao discusses Traditional Chinese Medicine with an equal scale toward Western Medicine. He never says one is better than the other and helps you to understand the way of the Tao and the Traditional Chinese Methods. This is the first book of this type where I've actually had the doctor prepare your body for pregnancy in both body and mind. ,

The second half of this book was beautifully done with touching vignettes of previously infertile women who now have conceived and have happy, healthy children. I find these stories not only touching, but helpful in coping with my own infertility. Hope is the first word that comes to mind.

A massive amount of information is placed in this single volume book. It's not just a self-help guide to women and couples, but an outstanding source of information that I will turn to time and time again. This book is a must-have for any couple embarking on this long journey to parenthood.


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About the Authors:

Daoshing Ni:

Daoshing Ni, D.O.M, L.Ac., Ph.D., is a noted doctor of Oriental medicine and a licensed acupuncturist. Co founder of the Tao of Wellness, Inc., he lives in Los Angeles.


Dana Herko:

Dana Herko has written for both television and film. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.


****NOTE: This book is an advanced copy given to me from HaperCollins. If you are interested in reading and reviewing this book, please leave me a message in the comments section, or email me directly at IAmHiMaintenance@aol.com. It's quite thick, heavy and full of information. The paper used in this book is beautiful. I left the charts and questionnaires blank in case you need them for the 28 day program. (You have a full week to leave your comment/request).


  1. I'd love to see more Chinese medicine practiced in the US.

  2. I'm with you J.Kaye. This was an amazing read. It hit me personally of course, but I think anyone trying to conceive could use this book and with ease.

  3. great post :) i'll have to pick up a copy of this book! i came across this website on dietary supplements in regards to female infertility and found that taking propolis and vitamin C supplements can promote fertility! i didn't know there were natural forms of medication for fertility!

  4. Naida THANK YOU and Welcome. You can stop by ANYTIME! I'll be by to visit you in a bit!

    BJenson! WOW! Thank you so much for the compliment. Let me know if you'd like to read this. I may be able to send it to you. Check my profile and email me.


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