Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can treat miscarriage due to sperm quality, hormonal dysfunction, blood clotting factors and immune factors. It cannot treat miscarriage due to chromosomal defects.
When a woman is already pregnant and is threatening to miscarry, the miscarriage is inevitable where there are severe foetal abnormalities, and no treatment can change the outcome. However, in a few women, the reason for the threatened miscarriage may be due to the physiology of the mother, and timely treatment of Chinese medicine may save the pregnancy.
After a miscarriage has occurred, the use of acupuncture and a short course of Chinese herbs is beneficial to ensure that the uterus is cleaned out to allow for the restoration of the menstrual cycle.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can play a very significant role in the treatment of recurrent miscarriages. Increasing the health of both parents before conception will ensure that the quality of the sperm, the egg and the endometrium are optimized, thereby maximizing the chance of a healthy pregnancy. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can enhance the quality of the sperm in men. It can also balance the hormones in women in order to influence the nourishment and development of the female follicle so that a more mature egg is released, and in order to improve the thickness of the endometrium.
There is evidence that women with high LH in the first half of their cycle have a greater risk of miscarriage, though it is not yet understood why. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are effective in balancing the hormones, and lowering LH in the follicular phase of the cycle.
The quality and condition of the endometrium can effect the implantation and early growth of the foetus. The tube or uterus may have excess fluid, which can impede the movement of the embryo though the tubes and its implantation in the uterus. This can be treated by Chinese medicine. Or the endometrial lining might not provide an even surface in which to implant. This condition is best treated during the period to ensure a thorough discharge of the old endometrium and the smooth growth of fresh endometrial tissue
Studies demonstrate that Chinese medicine can play a significant role in the prevention of recurrent miscarriages. Research from Japan shows that women whose recurrent miscarriages are immune-related benefit from Chinese herbal medicine prior to their next pregnancy. And a study in Shanghai suggests that in women with a history of recurrent miscarriages, who are threatening to miscarry, the pregnancy can be saved with correct and timely treatment.
"Acupuncture can reduce the rate of early miscarriage by reducing cortisol levels"
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA