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Recurrent miscarriage is when three or more consecutive miscarriages take place. With recurrent miscarriages, there is a consistent factor that is not enabling the pregnancy to go full-term. A full medical diagnostic review is needed in order to diagnose the cause of recurrent miscarriages. These may include:

  • Thyroid Disorder
  • Thrombophilia
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Chromosomal Abnormalities
  • Infections
  • Uterine Anamolies including polyps, uterine fibroids and a malformed uterine septum
  • Unexplained Conditions

Those cases in which western medicine is unsuccessful at treating recurrent miscarriages are an area where Chinese Medicine can help. There are different diagnoses in Chinese Medicine that cause recurrent miscarriages.

Kidneys Yin and Yang Deficiency

In Chinese Medicine, the kidneys hold the body’s essence. The kidney energy is what makes up our body’s constitution. These organs are responsible for development and reproduction and therefore the health of the kidney qi, or energy, is vital for a healthy pregnancy to ensue. If the kidney’s yin or yang is deficient, the body is unable to hold a pregnancy.

Qi and Blood Deficiency

The spleen qi, or energy of the spleen, enables the closing of the cervix and helps create blood to nourish the fetus. If the cervix does not properly close, repeated miscarriages may take place. In this case, it’s necessary to help increase the spleen’s energy. A lack of energy may cause a blood deficiency, which leads to small babies and a lack of malnourishment to the embryo. Blood deficiency can show up as a scanty menstrual flow and a thin uterine lining.

Heat in the Blood

This can be due to an insufficiency of kidney yin, or stress, which creates heat. Heat can also be due to infection. A female’s Basal Body Temperature (BBT) chart will often be in the high 98’s even in the 99’s. Because heat causes agitation, too much of it does not create an optimal environment for pregnancy.

Blood Stasis

For a pregnancy to take, the uterine lining needs to be fresh and have ample blood flow to the embryo. A sure sign of blood stasis is cramps during a female’s period. Endometriosis also falls into the blood stasis category. Women who are diagnosed under this category show up with blood clotting disorders and are given heparin or aspirin during pregnancy. In Chinese Medicine, blood stasis can also mean actual obstructions in the uterine lining that can lead to miscarriage. Herbal medicine is helpful to encourage blood flow and remove stasis.

Herbal Medicine and Recurrent Miscarriages

In treating recurrent miscarriages, it is important to help strengthen the body’s reproductive health by treating pathological symptoms. Treatment is most commonly given in the form of herbal prescriptions. Herbal medicine is comprised of different herbs that have a certain therapeutic effect on the body. Each formula is specifically tailored to the individual patient and targets the pathology in the reproductive tract that is causing pregnancy loss to take place.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most commonly seen disorders by doctors. Some of the symptoms associated with IBS are abdominal cramping, urgency to defecate, gas, bloating, loose stools, constipation or stools that alternate from loose to constipation. Mucous may also appear in the stool.  In diagnosing IBS, diagnostic medical tests often reveal “normal” findings and therefore people who suffer from IBS often get frustrated with lack of treatment. So let’s look at this disorder in a more energetic way. First, we need to identify what the digestive system does and what happens when it does not function properly and then understand the effectiveness that Chinese Medicine has on this disorder.

In IBS, the digestive system is not functioning efficiently and therefore gas, bloating, cramping, constipation, diarrhea or both appear.  In Chinese Medicine, there are differences in symptoms that constitute different treatment protocols. Therefore, it is not under the umbrella of one diagnosis. Let’s look at the different diagnosis and treatments in Chinese Medicine for IBS.

Spleen Qi Deficiency

This type of condition presents with patients who experience diarrhea and stomach pain that is relieved by pressure. They also may experience fatigue or depression.

Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency

IBS symptoms can appear as abdominal cramping, loose stools, and urgency to defecate. This type of condition is worse when one eats cold or raw foods. People with spleen and kidney yang deficiency can experience cold hands and feet and feel generally cold.

Liver and Spleen Disharmony

This person may have experienced IBS when they were going through a stressful time. Stress makes the symptoms worse.  They may experience pain in the lower left abdominal region as well as constipation.

Cold In The Spleen

This type of condition presents with severe pain that is relieved by warmth, this type of presentation also is accompanied with constipation.

Damp Heat In The Large Intestine

This type of condition presents with an urgency to defecate with diarrhea that is odorous with gas and bloating as well as a burning sensation when one takes a bowel movement.

Chinese Medicine treats IBS very effectively. The method of treatment for IBS is specific to the diagnosis. Different herbs and acupuncture treatments are used with each condition as well as dietary recommendations in order to not only treat the symptoms but to further prevent them from appearing. For example, a spleen deficient diagnosis would call for boosting the digestive energy since it is weak. Bu zhong yi qi tang is a famous herbal prescription used in this type of condition. Along with this herbal formula, acupuncture points would be specific to nourishing and tonifying the digestive system. In liver qi stagnation types of IBS, the treatment protocol is to move the liver energy, which creates the pain in the lower left quadrant in the abdominal region. With this diagnosis, I normally base my formula on Xiao Yao San which relaxes the liver and moves stagnation as well as tonifies the digestive system. Acupuncture points are used to open the flow of energy in the digestive tract and decrease stress, which is the primary component that causes this condition.  As each diagnosis is clearly treated, certain foods are also given to my patients in order to start balancing their digestive system.

The beauty of Chinese Medicine is that it specifically treats the individual and that is why it is so effective. As treatment is aimed at reducing and clearing symptoms, the factors that are causing the digestive system to become imbalanced need to addressed such as lifestyle, stress and eating habits. All together, there is a “whole” approach to treat IBS as well as keep it from reappearing. It is small changes that one has to do in order to prevent bigger problems in the future.

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While it is natural to have anxiety from time to time, it is unnatural when emotions are exaggerated and you are experiencing anxiety frequently. Common symptoms of anxiety are worry, sweating, trembling, muscle tension, insomnia and an inability to concentrate. It is constant thinking and ruminating about the “what ifs”.

Physiologically, generalized anxiety is due to an overactive sympathetic nervous system which is our fight or flight system. This system is crucial for survival and is needed to quickly react to danger. In generalized anxiety, the sympathetic nervous system is always activated. Therefore, a person is always worried about events that might happen.

What Is Anxiety In Chinese Medicine & How It Is Treated

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, generalized anxiety involves a disharmony in certain organs in the body that throw our mental system out of whack.  There is usually not one single organ that is disrupted but can be a complex array of different organs that cause pathology resulting in anxiety symptoms. The organs that are involved with anxiety in Chinese Medicine are the heart, liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys.

The shen or “spirit” resides in the heart. When rooted and stable a person is able to openly express him or herself and feel calm. When the shen is unstable, a person feels “anxious” and unsettled. They may have insomnia as well as an unfocused mind.

The liver in TCM ensures a smooth flow of energy and blood throughout the body. The liver qi gives force to your life and expresses your “vision” or goals in your life. Stress and an inability to achieve what we would like can stagnate the liver qi where frustration and anger can result. Tension can appear that may manifest as irritability, headaches, as well as jaw and neck tension.

The spleen is a major organ for digestion in Chinese medicine, which enables energy output as well as nourishment to the body. Over thinking depletes the spleen energy. When this is deplete, a person can experience low energy or digestive system issues.

The lungs in Chinese Medicine help to enable energy nourishment as well as qi flow. The emotion that is connected to the lungs is grief. Therefore, an imbalance in the lung organ can result in low energy, frequent crying as well as spontaneous sweating or cough.

The last organ the may be involved with anxiety disorders is the kidney. The kidneys encompass our essence. It is responsible for our will power. When this is imbalanced, fear can manifest.

Treatment in Chinese Medicine aims at harmonizing the internal organ systems where homeostasis is achieved and symptoms begin to disappear. For thousands of years herbal medicinals have been used to treat anxiety symptoms by balancing the organ systems. Anxiety can present with different diagnoses, so it is important to understand the root organs that are out of balance and begin to rebalance them where symptoms begin to dissipate.

Tips For People Who Suffer From Generalized Anxiety:

Breathe: If you suffer from anxiety, one of the most important things to do is breathe. Breathing allows your sympathetic nervous system to slow down as well as gets oxygen and blood flow throughout your body which helps to relax tense muscles and tendons.

Prioritize: You can get overwhelmed by life so start prioritizing activities by order of importance. This helps to compartmentalize events and activities so you are not so overwhelmed.

Yoga: Yoga is a great form of exercise if you suffer from anxiety. It helps to use the breath to relax the body and calm the mind.

Give Yourself Space: Us New Yorkers rarely give ourselves space to just be so I want to give you some good advice in allowing yourself to relax and not feel you have to do everything right now. The best decisions are made when we have time to think about things so make sure you fit in “you” time everyday in doing something you love.

If you are experiencing anxiety symptoms, call 917.763.8560 and we can get started to help alleviate your symptoms right away.

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