After miscarriage, Chinese Medicine can help

Laurel Axen Carroll, M.S, L.Ac
Having a miscarriage can be difficult. There are no two ways about it. If this has happened to you, you may have felt wide range of emotions; grief, disappointment, guilt, shame and emptiness.  And what can you do when something so devastating happens? After all, this rush of emotions can leave you wondering where to begin on the journey back to being yourself again. In traditional chinese medicine we have a two-pronged approach to restoring health and well-being after  a miscarriage.

Book NowThe first step is making sure the uterus is clear and restored after the pregnancy. In order to accomplish this, we provide both acupuncture and herbs to regulate the Chong meridian, which is considered one of the body’s “eight extraordinary” meridians and is tantamount in regulating blood flow through the uterus. The second step is providing treatment that restores blood and qi  through acupuncture, herbs, dietary therapy and supplements.

Some treatments to encourage blood flow through the uterus include:
  • Turmeric
  • Vitamin e
  • Red and black pepper, cardamom
  • Castor oil packs
  • Acupressure on the sacrum, upper traps and the point between the thumb and pointer finger.
  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese herbal therapy like Tao Hong Si Wu Tang
Second Step: Treatments to tonify qi and blood after the uterus has been cleared:
  • Root vegetables (beets, turnips, sweet potatoes)
  • Wild seafood
  • Seaweed
  • Free range, organic red meat
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Berries
  • Raw honey
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Floradix
  • Extra rest
  • Meditation
  • Prenatal vitamins
Also, Acupuncture points to help generate blood and qi usually address the spleen, stomach and kidney meridians. To treat the emotional side of miscarriage we use the heart, liver and lung meridians to treat anxiety, depression and grief. Herbal therapy such as Liu Jun Zi Tang, Ba Zhen Tang are utilized to bring sustenance to the body. When your doctor has cleared you, Traditional Chinese Medicine is a great tool for getting started again. We address ovarian health, uterine lining and the hormonal interplay that creates a smooth ovulation and menstruation.
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