Threatened Miscarriageaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Pregnancy Issues

What is Threatened Miscarriage?

Threatened miscarriage, also known as impending miscarriage or potential pregnancy loss, is a condition where there are signs that a miscarriage may occur, but the pregnancy is still viable. This condition is characterized by vaginal bleeding, sometimes accompanied by abdominal pain, during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

While bleeding does not always lead to miscarriage, it is a cause for concern and warrants immediate medical attention. The diagnosis and management of threatened miscarriage are crucial to ensure the best possible outcome for both the mother and the fetus.

How Does TCM View Threatened Miscarriage?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views threatened miscarriage through a lens that differs significantly from Western medicine. In TCM, this condition is seen as a manifestation of underlying imbalances in the body's energy systems, specifically related to the flow of Qi (vital energy) and Blood.

TCM emphasizes the importance of identifying the specific pattern of disharmony causing the symptoms to provide effective treatment. It considers both the physical and emotional well-being of the mother, aiming to restore balance and support the pregnancy.

Causes of Threatened Miscarriage According to TCM

In TCM, threatened miscarriage is often attributed to various patterns of disharmony. One common cause is Qi And Blood Stagnation, where the flow of vital energy and nutrients is impeded, potentially affecting the stability of the pregnancy. Another potential cause is Cold in the Uterus, a condition where a deficiency of warmth or an excess of coldness in the uterus can lead to symptoms that threaten the viability of the pregnancy. These examples illustrate the TCM approach of looking beyond the symptoms to understand and address the root causes of conditions like threatened miscarriage.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Threatened Miscarriage

To address threatened miscarriage, TCM practitioners may recommend specific formulas and herbs based on the identified pattern of disharmony. For conditions involving Qi And Blood Stagnation, formulas like "Wen Jing Tang," which includes Cinnamon twigs (Gui Zhi), may be prescribed. This formula is designed to invigorate blood and dispel stagnation. In cases of Cold in the Uterus, warming and invigorating formulas are chosen to restore the necessary balance. The selection of herbs and formulas in TCM is tailored to the individual's specific needs and pattern of disharmony, with the goal of supporting the pregnancy and promoting overall well-being.

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address threatened miscarriage, organized by formula type.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation
  • Formulas that clear heat from deficiency

All "formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation" recommended for threatened miscarriage

Formula Key herbs
Wen Jing Tang Cinnamon Twigs (Gui Zhi), Evodia Fruits (Wu Zhu Yu)
Xuan Fu Hua Tang Inula Flowers (Xuan Fu Hua)
Dang Gui Shao Yao San White Peony Roots (Bai Shao)

Acupoints for Threatened Miscarriage

Acupuncture is another modality used in TCM to treat conditions like threatened miscarriage. One significant acupoint is "Jianjing GB-21," located midway between Dazhui DU-14 and the lateral extremity of the acromion at the highest point of the shoulder. Stimulating this point is believed to remove obstructions from the channel, promote lactation, and help descend Qi, thereby supporting the pregnancy. The use of specific acupoints is based on the individual's unique pattern of disharmony and is aimed at restoring balance within the body's energy system.

See more details below about Jianjing GB-21, an acupoint used to address threatened miscarriage.

  • By Meridian
  • Gall Bladder Channel
Jianjing GB-21

Jianjing GB-21

Midway between Dazhui DU-14 and the lateral extremity of the acromion, at the highest point of the shoulder.

TCM Herbs for Threatened Miscarriage

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address threatened miscarriage, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Aromatic herbs that transform dampness
  • Tonic herbs for yang deficiency
  • Warm/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Herbs that warm the interior and/or expel cold
  • Warm herbs that transform phlegm and stop cough
  • Tonic herbs for blood deficiency
  • Herbs that clear heat and dry dampness
  • Herbs that cool the blood