Postpartum thrombophlebitis is a medical condition characterized by the inflammation of veins accompanied by blood clots, occurring typically after childbirth. This condition can manifest in the superficial or deep veins, with the latter being more serious due to potential risks of pulmonary embolism.
Women experiencing postpartum thrombophlebitis might notice pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in the affected area, usually in the legs. The condition underscores the complex changes the female body undergoes during and after pregnancy, particularly in blood coagulation and circulation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches postpartum thrombophlebitis from a holistic perspective, linking it to imbalances in the body's energy systems post-delivery. TCM recognizes childbirth as a process that can disrupt Qi (vital energy) and Blood circulation, leading to Stagnation and the formation of Blood clots.
In TCM, postpartum thrombophlebitis is primarily attributed to Blood Stagnation, especially in the Lower Burner, often due to Heat in Blood. Childbirth is an intensive process that can deplete the body’s energy, weakening the Qi and making the Blood more prone to Stagnation.
Blood Stagnation, characterized by fixed, stabbing pain and dark clots, occurs when Blood flow is obstructed. This can be further aggravated by lifestyle factors and emotional stress, which disrupt the smooth flow of Qi and blood. TCM treatments aim to invigorate Qi and blood circulation, clear stagnation, and nourish the body to prevent the recurrence of thrombophlebitis.
TCM recommends specific formulas to address the underlying imbalances causing postpartum thrombophlebitis. One such formula is Di Dang Tang, which includes key herbs like Leeches (Shui Zhi). These ingredients are known for their properties to invigorate Blood, dispel Blood Stagnation, and promote circulation.
This formula is especially beneficial in cases where blood clots are present, helping to break them down and restore normal blood flow. Additionally, TCM practitioners may also suggest lifestyle adjustments and dietary changes to support treatment and enhance overall recovery after childbirth. The selection of herbs and formulas is customized based on individual symptoms and overall health conditions, ensuring a tailored and effective treatment approach.
See more details below about Di Dang Tang, a herbal formula used to address postpartum thrombophlebitis.
Explore below some TCM herbs used to address postpartum thrombophlebitis, organized by herb category.
Postpartum thrombophlebitis can be treated by these herbs when it stems from stagnation or poor circulation of blood, helping to improve blood flow and alleviate related discomfort.
Other herbs of this category are listed in the table below.