Pain in Pregnancy Formula
Gan Cao – Licorice root – Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
Bai Shao Yao – white peony root – Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Chaun Lian Zi – Sichuan pagoda tree/chinaberry fruit – Fructus Meliae Toosendan
Ji Xue Teng – spatholobus/mellettia root and vine – Radix et Caulis Jixueteng
Chai Hu – hare’s ear/thorowax/bupleurum root – Radix Bupleuri
Pain in Pregnancy is such a common complaint in pregnancy, especially back and sciatica-type pain. In TCM you can have pain for all sorts of reasons, Deficiency, Excess, Hot, Cold, Qi Stagnation, Blood Stasis, Yang Rising etc..
I know your teachers would want you to diagnosis the pattern specifically, before you treat it, and they are correct. However, it is nice to have a formula that you can use for all kinds of pain, like a herbal “Acetamenophen”.
I have found the thing.
Often in TCM we think of moving Qi and Blood strongly to treat pain. Here I’m using a different philosophy. I mostly sweeten and soften the pain (think of a big hug from mom) and then I gently move Qi and Blood. I also do a little Qi and Blood nourishing because, in pregnancy, often there is an underlying Blood Deficiency associated with the pain
Of course if there is strong Deficiency, Cold, Heat etc. at the root of the pain, then you will have to combine the Pregnancy Pain formula with a formula to treat that pattern. But isn’t it nice to have something for the just the pain and general healing that is safe to use in pregnancy!!
Great formula to have around your clinic to give to patients when they come in!
Do not use without Qi and Blood stasis present. This is a gentle formula, you will probably need to do acupuncture as well, especially if the pain is severe.
Decrease dose, take with meals or stop use if it causes digestive upset.
Tinctures are alcohol based. Put it in hot water and let sit for a few minutes to evaporate the alcohol if you or patient is concerned about the alcohol content in the tincture.