TCM Herbs Help Prevent Miscarriage
Researchers from the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of the University of Hong Kong have confirmed that herbs used in traditional Chinese Medicine can significantly reduce the risk of miscarriage among at-risk mothers.
The researchers analyzed 44 controlled and randomized clinical trials that included 5,100 human subjects. The studies treated at-risk pregnant women with Chinese herbs after pregnancy gestation of 28 weeks or more. The research compared mothers treated with Western conventional treatments alone with those receiving a combination of Western conventional treatment together with Chinese herbal medicines.
Those receiving herbal medicine treatments were 28% more likely to continue the pregnancy – and avoid miscarriage – than those receiving Western medical treatment only.
The researchers concluded that, “a combination of Chinese herbal and Western medicines was more effective than Western medicines alone for treating threatened miscarriage.”
The research was conducted and published under the Cochrane Database System review program.
From 10% to 15% of all pregnancies result in miscarriage. Among women who have bleeding or spotting, the rate increases to almost half. Western medicine offers few treatments to prevent miscarriage. Chinese herbal medicine, in comparison, has utilized herbal treatments for centuries to decrease the risk of miscarriage.
As a result, Chinese herbal medicine is increasingly used over Western medicines among many hospitals throughout Asia. Examples of herbs used for pregnancy include Ginseng (ren shen) and Angelica Sinensis (dang gui) and many others – depending upon symptoms and constitution as recommended by experienced TCM doctors.
Written by Case Adams PhD
Li L, Dou L, Leung PC, Wang CC. Chinese herbal medicines for threatened miscarriage. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 May 16;5:CD008510.