Is Chinese Medicine Safe during Pregnancy?

By Nidhi Nangia. February 28, 2017
Is Chinese Medicine Safe during Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a natural but complicated process, and it is full of hazards during each trimester. Even your regular diet can cause harm to you during pregnancy. For instance, if you take too much of sugar after conception, you may develop hyperglycemia and result in miscarriage. As far as Chinese medicine is concerned, it has gained huge popularity over the last few years, but its safety is not yet established for pregnant women. If you are confused about is Chinese medicine safe during pregnancy or not, then this oneHOWTO article will try to discuss about it in detail.

The risk involved

The risk of using Chinese medicines during pregnancy is still unknown. There are certain Chinese herbs that are suspected to cause harm during pregnancy. However, the risk may vary depending on the dosage and duration of taking the medicine, the method of administration and the trimester in which you are taking it. Although Chinese medical practitioners claim that Chinese medicines are safe and free from side effects, excess of everything is bad and their usage should be kept under moderation and under gynecological supervision during pregnancy.

Is Chinese medicine really needed?

Chinese medicine has been used for ages to treat a wide variety of women’s health problems. But Chinese medical practitioners themselves suggest that nature should be left alone to continue its proceedings, unless any signs are seen to need intervention. For instance, if you are going well in your pregnancy and do not have a reproduction related health issue, like a history of miscarriages, trouble conception, infertility or tube blockage, then you should not take any medicines, other than the required supplements.

Precautions during acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy in which thin needles are inserted in different parts of the person’s body to treat a number of issues. When applied to a pregnant woman, she becomes more susceptible to have adverse reactions like phobia and needle shock. Gentler techniques of needling are used by acupuncturists for pregnant women. There are certain points that are forbidden to be needled during pregnancy. When applied to certain points, acupuncture can stimulate contractions and induce labor, which may result in an abortion or miscarriage. In fact, these points may also be used to induce an abortion in an unwanted pregnancy or to induce labor in case of a post-date pregnancy.

Is Chinese Medicine Safe during Pregnancy? - Precautions during acupuncture

Chinese herbal medicine

Chinese herbal medicines use whole plants and mineral products that have different personalities of their own. They may be cold, harsh, mild or hot as per their natural composition. They may induce certain effects in the individual, including stimulating, astringent, sedating, moving, dispersing etc. For pregnant women, Chinese herbs that are toxic and harsh are contraindicated, like laxatives. Such herbs may invigorate the circulation of blood and dislodge the fetus, thus forcing it to expel.

We advise you not to take the following herbs during pregnancy:

  • Angelica root
  • Queen Anne's Lace
  • Rue
  • Saffron
  • Pennyroyal
  • Ba Dou
  • Bai Fu Zi
  • Chong Lou
  • Chan Su
  • Che Qian Zi
  • Di Bie Chong
  • Da Ji
  • Chuan Niu Xi
  • E Wei
  • E Zhu
  • Fu Zi
  • Gan Sui
  • Guan Zhong
  • Tansy Ragwort
  • Tao Ren
  • Thistle
  • Smartweed
  • Shui Zhi
  • She Xiang
  • Fan Xie Ye
  • Hai Long
  • Huai Hua
  • Liu Huang
  • Ma Chi Xian
  • Xi Xin
  • Yu Li Hua
  • Meng Chong
  • Qian Niu Zi
  • Zhang Nao

So, is Chinese medicine safe during pregnancy?

A Chinese medical practitioner will understand which medicines can be prescribed to a pregnant woman, and which ones should be avoided. He will also know the right way to combine the medicines and use them properly to stay safe for a pregnant woman. Although serious side effects are rare with Chinese medicine during pregnancy, it is better to be cautious and follow the healthcare professional’s instructions as to what to avoid during pregnancy. You may also be interested in finding out Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Work for Infertility?

Is Chinese Medicine Safe during Pregnancy? - So, is Chinese medicine safe during pregnancy?

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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