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Q: I don’t currently have liver disease, but could an imbalance with the liver affect fertility?

A: Yes; in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) we call the liver "The General." It is not only responsible for storing the blood—essential in ovulation, conception, and fertility—but it is also responsible for the proper circulation of vital qi energy. Even if the physiological tests do not show elevated liver enzymes, there could be imbalances, which can affect the storage of blood or smooth flow of qi. I suggest you consult a licensed acupuncturist/herbalist to obtain the proper diagnosis and treatment.

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