MISCARRIAGES & HERBAL MEDICINE & ACUPUNCTURE MANAGEMENT
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been widely used in China and other Asian countries to support women through pregnancy. This support is also available in Australia. Miscarriage or potential miscarriage is not an uncommon complication affecting pregnant women. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may help women in their recovery from a miscarriage by reducing emotional stress levels and reducing gynaecological pain and normal physiology re-establishment through a variety of natural management approaches. A combination of Chinese herbal medicine and Acupuncture may support healthy egg maturation and may support a healthy uterine lining, thus improving the chances of a healthy pregnancy (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK184631/).
Acupuncture is also a well-recognised method for managing stress and reducing anxiety, making pregnancy a healthier and happier time for both mother and baby (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5412528/).
Population-based studies produce statistics showing that 10-25% of outwardly 'normal' pregnancies result in miscarriage. While this is a significant figure, it doesn't change the fact that the loss of a baby through a miscarriage can be a devastating experience for all concerned.
Preliminary research has shown for women who were receiving acupuncture treatment through pregnancy that there was a statically significant reduction of 'threatened miscarriage symptoms' such as bleeding, abdomen cramping and back pain compared with the control (p = 0.04). (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5055689/). Please note that not all of these symptoms definitively herald miscarriage and not all miscarriage has warning symptoms and signs allowing medical or other intervention to prevent miscarriage.
Recurrent Miscarriage is a devastating experience for any woman and expecting couple.
There are many possible causes of recurrent miscarriage and Dr Christine Cui and other fertility practitioners recommend that a complete series of investigations are completed to establish if there are any organ structure (anatomical) causes, physiological causes or hormonal reasons for multiple miscarriages. Some pathologies to be investigated but not limited to include fallopian tube malformation, uterine size and shape, endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids, etc.
In both the absence or presence of pathology identified above, natural fertility treatments can be tailored as a potential option. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Theory will have a therapy regime focused on improving the health of the woman and health of the egg, and the quality of the sperm. These are important component factors underpinning embryonic health, placental health and pregnancy viability.
Men who are diagnosed with a Yin deficiency and internal heat (who often have a high percentage of abnormal sperm) may benefit from Chinese herbal medicine and Acupuncture, which may help improve the quality and motility of the sperm, resulting in a healthier embryo and a less percentage of miscarriage. ( Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19394002/) Please note, there is only preliminary research evidence supporting these theories as case-control randomized are difficult to formulate in Chinese Medicine.
Dr Christine Cui, podium presentation ‘Clinical management of Miscarriage with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine’, AACMA Annual International Conference, Sydney 2008.
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