Traditional Chinese Medicine in Pregnancy

by admin on May 5, 2011

(Chinese for Qi)

As I have had a few complications with this pregnancy, I decided to see a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) specialist at Eu Yan Sang – I am in Asia afterall. There are hundreds of so-called TCM specialists here, many unlicensed, but the specialist I saw at Eu Yan Sang was fully licensed and works with my obstetrician’s fertility patients. I’m always open to alternative therapies to complement traditional medicine, although I’m not necessarily a true believer in them. In the past have had acupuncture, seen a homeopathist, a healer and I’ve even had a session of absent healing since I’ve been here (I’m not a tree-hugger).

I know lots of mums who swear by acupuncture or herbs to help with fertility issues. I had acupuncture to try to induce labour when I went overdue with my daughter. Thankfully it didn’t work as my daughter was too small to have coped with a natural birth. I had it again when I found out I was pregnant this time around to help prevent miscarriage, but I don’t actually really like it as I find it very uncomfortable.

My initial consultation with the TCM specialist here in Singapore involved discussing my history with the specialist. Then she took my pulse (on both hands) and looked at my tongue. She talked to her assistant in chinese and then pushed some keys on the computer. I left with a supply of sachets of a mix of 9 herbs to last 3 weeks. She assured me they were safe to take in pregnancy and would help the low thyroid and low placenta, by improving my Qi!  The sachets are taste pretty unpleasant.

The verdict: At my latest appointment with my obstetrician, my placenta has moved up but I still have low thyroid. It seems to have helped with a couple of other problems I had.

About TCM:

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine, with a history of more than 2,500 years. It is the essence of Chinese history, philosophy and medical knowledge. It is still the main form of medicine to many Chinese today. With more research being done, and greater worldwide interest in natural products, TCM is increasingly recognised as a viable form of alternative medicine in other parts of the world.

So how does it work? click here to find out more.

What do you think about complementary therapies? Did anyone use any whilst pregnant or to get pregnant? Did they work? Or do you think it’s a load of ‘b******’?

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