Implantation to Birth: Acupuncture and Herbs to Support Better Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes

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Implantation to Birth: Acupuncture and Herbs to Support Better Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes

We received this question in our feedback forum. Posting it here and asking Sharon, Claudia, Debra and sarah to jump in.

I am a bit confused in that Sharron's talk was all about increases blood flow
to the uterus. Even using Dang gui bai shao Tang from beginning pregnancy to
birth especially with history of miscarriage and Debra showed us increased
blood flow and O2 was inappropriate in early pregnancy. What is the consensus
on this?
Also, I very much wanted to learn formulas for morning sickness, what herbs
are contraindicated in pregnancy to these teachers because I believe they are
using some that are generally not although in low doses. However, what is too
high a dose or percentage?

snow lotus
Joined: 10/14/2008

Hi there,

The most important part of the answer to this practitioners question is the part about diagnosis. The practitioner must feel comfortable diagnosing the quality of the blood circulation in general and to the womb in particular. In other words, it is not a matter of whether increased blood flow is good or bad in early pregnancy. If blood flow to the womb is compromised than helping the blood flow is essential. If it is already healthy then it would not be necessary. In addition, it is important to be aware that poor blood flow can be caused by many factors including Qi stasis, damp stasis, heat, cold, blood deficiency etc. One must feel comfortable differentiating the root cause and must see the poor blood flow as the branch.

As for the morning sickness question, I think this is answered in my online course. This is too broad a question to answer here.

Hope this helps! Sharon

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