Habitual miscarriage according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, habitual miscarriage can be associated with five so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease", as a matter of fact here habitual miscarriage can be caused by five different patterns.

To understand whether someone's habitual miscarriage might be caused by a given pattern, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from habitual miscarriage alone. For instance when habitual miscarriage is caused by the pattern Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels, patients also experience symptoms such as painful period, cold in the lower abdomen, infertility and late period. Similarly, patients with Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels typically exhibit deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or tight (Jin) pulses as well as a bluish-purple, pale tongue.

We've listed below a description of the five patterns associated with habitual miscarriage so that you can start to get an understanding of the various possibilities according to Chinese Medicine.

Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below two formulas that can help treat the various patterns associated with habitual miscarriage, depending on which pattern fits your profile.

The five "patterns of disharmony" associated with habitual miscarriage

Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi), Tight (Jin)

Tongue color: Bluish-Purple, Pale

Recommended herbal formula: Wen Jing Tang

Symptoms: Infertility Late period Painful period Cold in the lower abdomen Dark clots in menstrual blood Abdominal pain after childbirth

Habitual miscarriage might be due to Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as painful period, cold in the lower abdomen, infertility and late period. Similarly, patients with Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels typically exhibit deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or tight (Jin) pulses as well as a bluish-purple, pale tongue.

Read more about Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels here

Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus

Habitual miscarriage might be due to Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as late period, painful period, dark clots in menstrual blood and brown vaginal discharge. Similarly, patients with Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus typically exhibit choppy (Se), deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a bluish-purple tongue.

Read more about Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus here

The Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine

Lung Qi Deficiency

Recommended herbal formula: Ba Zhen Tang

Symptoms: Weak voice Aversion to speak Shortness of breath

Habitual miscarriage might be due to Lung Qi Deficiency if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as shortness of breath, weak voice and aversion to speak.

Read more about Lung Qi Deficiency here

The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine

Spleen Qi Deficiency

Recommended herbal formula: Ba Zhen Tang

Symptoms: Weak Limbs Poor appetite

Habitual miscarriage might be due to Spleen Qi Deficiency if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as poor appetite and weak limbs.

Read more about Spleen Qi Deficiency here

Ginseng (Ren Shen) is the key herb for Ba Zhen Tang, a formula used for Blood and Qi Deficiency

Blood and Qi Deficiency

Recommended herbal formula: Ba Zhen Tang

Symptoms: Vertigo Pale face Pale lips Pale tongue Palpitations

Habitual miscarriage might be due to Blood and Qi Deficiency if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as palpitations, vertigo, pale face and pale lips.

Read more about Blood and Qi Deficiency here

The two herbal formulas that might help with habitual miscarriage

Ba Zhen Tang

Source date: 1326 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies and augments Qi. Tonifies and augments Blood.

Why might Ba Zhen Tang help with habitual miscarriage?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help with the patterns Lung Qi Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency and Blood and Qi Deficiency which are sometimes associated with habitual miscarriage. If any of these patterns look like something you might suffer from, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Ba Zhen Tang here

Wen Jing Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 12 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Uterus and vessels. Nourishes Blood. Dispels Cold. Dispels Blood Stagnation.

Why might Wen Jing Tang help with habitual miscarriage?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help with the patterns Full Cold in the Directing and Penetraing Vessels and Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus which are sometimes associated with habitual miscarriage. If any of these patterns look like something you might suffer from, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Wen Jing Tang here