Recurrent miscarriage successfully treated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine


Recurrent miscarriage successfully treated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine — a case study


Several years ago, I published a case on recurrent miscarriage Chinese medicine treatment success in a 42-year-old woman. It is a wonderful story because this patient reported her fertility doctor did not expect her to conceive without the assistance of in vitro fertilization (IVF). In his defense, he made this prognosis based on her history of miscarriage and her age. However, in my clinical experience, I have repeatedly had cases where patients in their late 30s or early 40s were given the same prognosis, but then go on to conceive naturally with the assistance of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, also known as East Asian Medicine or (EAM). There is such a thing as recurrent miscarriage treatment success with Chinese medicine.

Recurrent miscarriage is also called recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). If you experience two or more miscarriages, you may be diagnosed with RPL by your doctor. Two-thirds of all miscarriages are due to a chromosomal abnormality of the embryo. There are other causes like a misshapen uterus, the presence of mass or polyp that limits blood supply to the implanted embryo, blood clotting disorders, hormone imbalances, the parents have a genetic abnormality called chromosomal translocation that is passed on to their children, or certain lifestyle choices like consuming alcohol or smoking.

I frequently meet with patients wishing to avoid IVF on their fertility journey. There are indeed cases where IVF is the only way one will conceive, such as patients with blocked tubes or large fibroids. However, there are many cases where IVF is not the only way. A balance of time, age, and resources must all be considered when deciding which is the best path for you. One hypothesis within the Chinese medicine community on why an embryo may be chromosomally abnormal is because the ovaries are not functioning as efficiently as they could, and they are not receiving enough blood flow to nourish them. Chinese medicine can increase blood flow to the ovaries. Another is the sperm cells may not be as healthy as they could be. The shape of sperm is a good indicator of whether a sperm is genetically normal. Chinese medicine can support healthy sperm development. If possible, I like to treat both partners when managing a recurrent pregnancy loss case.

How do I treat a case like this? Read my case, linked below, to learn a little more. It is a little wonky with the medical and Chinese medicine speak, but you will see the time needed, what treatments were provided, and at what frequency. This can give you an idea of what to expect. Do you have more questions? Please, contact me.




About Lisa Tongel

We are practitioners of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine specializing in fertility, IVF support, pregnancy care, reproductive health, and pelvic pain.