As Dr. Yuan says below, most cases of difficult birth end up as cesarean sections. In this case, the woman had an allergy to any type of drugs which made both Pitocin and surgery unavailable as viable options. This case and the one in the last post make me think of how much wisdom Chinese medicine carries that should not be lost. With the advent of high technology in the world of birthing, there is a risk much of this could be lost.
Kai Gu San (Open the Bones Powder) modified to treat difficult birthing by Dr. Yuan Ming-Zhong
Ms. Guan, age 29
Main Complaint: Ms. Guan’s water had broken on March 4, 1982 and so she entered the obstetric ward of the hospital. On March 5, she passed some blood which spontaneously stopping on the afternoon of March 6. She was not aware of any fetal movements. On March 8th, the obstetrician did a check up and saw that her pelvis was relatively small. The fetal heart tones were low. They wanted to do a caesarian section but Ms. Guan had an allergy to both the anesthesia and to antibiotics so she was unable to have surgery. She also had […]