Betty, a new patient, came in last week. She was 6 weeks pregnant and was in the process of having a miscarriage. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine have been used for centuries to help prevent miscarriage as well as facilitate one that is underway. Betty came in for help in having the miscarriage. She had started bleeding two days before and had been suffering from lower abdominal pain and cramping, back pain, bleeding, nausea and insomnia. She was exhausted from the process and obviously in quite a bit of pain. Her husband accompanied her. They were both very upset, not just that she was losing the pregnancy, but also that she was in a great deal of discomfort.
I gave Betty a treatment using points on both ankles, Spleen 6, Conception Vessel 3, on the low abdomen, and Colon 4, on both hands. These are points that are generally contraindicated during pregnancy as they can make the uterus contract. During a miscarriage, they are used to facilitate the process. Almost immediately, Betty felt a deep sense of relaxation and calm. The low abdomen pain and cramping ceased and she fell into a deep sleep.
While Betty slept, I made her an herbal formula from my pharmacy. The herbs I selected are part of a formula that has been used for centuries to help complete the emptying of the uterus. The herbs cause the uterus to contract, preventing any tissue from being retained. Some of the herbs in the formula were Bai Shao, Rx. Paeonia alba, Dong Gui, Rx. Angeica sinensis, Tao Ren, Sm. Prunus persica, and Hong Hua, Flos Carthamus tinctorios. These are all herbs used to build and move the blood. The formula is particularly suited for post-miscarriage or other trauma to the body.
When Betty awoke from her treatment, she stated that her cramps were gone and though she felt tired, she felt much better. I gave her the herbal formula instructing her how to boil and drink it. I advised her to refrain from drinking any iced drinks or cold food. After a miscarriage, Chinese Medicine advocates a warm diet, devoid of cold food or drinks to allow the body to rest and heal after the trauma of a miscarriage.
Betty returned two days later. She stated that she had taken the herbs as advised. She had had no more cramping or pain after the treatment and her energy was very good. I gave her another treatment and a similar formula. I advised her to let her uterus rest and not try to get pregnant for two months. Betty was very happy to have the process essentially over so she could go on with her life, taking care of her other child and working.