Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical systems in the world
and one of the first to recognize women’s health as a specialized area of care. The earliest known writings on Chinese medicine discuss caring for women before, after, and during pregnancy. Chinese medicine was also early to recognize pregnancy as a uniquely important moment in life to treat imbalances in the body.
Acupuncture has stood the test of time in large part because it is a safe, effective, non-invasive healthcare system. Its foundation is based on the principles of balance, as represented by the interdependent relationship between Yin and Yang, or what biomedicine refers to as homeostasis. By inserting hair-thin needles at certain points on the body, we tap into your body’s energy, or Qi, to move blockages and restore balance.
Acupuncture has been used safely and effectively to enhance natural fertility and help countless families grow. Your reproductive health is an extension of your general wellbeing. We begin by addressing your health concerns and working to re-establish balance in your body. This means focusing on the following areas:
- Regulating your menstrual cycle: A regular cycle means predictable ovulation and being able to maintain the optimal level of hormones throughout the month.
- Changing your habits and reducing stress: Sleep, exercise, overwork, and alcohol consumption contribute to poor health and reduced fertility.
- Diet: There are foods that promote healthy fertility and foods the inhibit it. These foods are different for every person, so we offer specialized dietary recommendations for everyone based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Whether you have been trying to conceive for a while with frustrating results or you are planning for the future, you will find that a few months of monitoring and regulating your menstrual cycle, making lifestyle changes, and supporting it all with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine will make a world of difference.
IVF and IUI support
If you’re about to undergo IVF or IUI treatment, we offer specialized support aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of these procedures. Many clinical studies have looked at the benefits of undergoing acupuncture treatment during an IVF cycle with very positive results.
The benefits of acupuncture during IVF or IUI treatment include:
- Increasing blood flow to the uterus, which makes the medication you are taking more effective
- Relaxing the muscles in the uterus during IVF transfer or IUI
- Relaxing your mind and body from the stress of undergoing these procedures and from the toxicity of some of the drugs
Acupuncture is one of the safest and most effective ways to treat many of the conditions we often associate with pregnancy. As your baby grows, your body is challenged in new and diverse ways. As you settle into these changes, acupuncture will help you naturally address the most common ailments you may encounter, giving you the time and energy you need to take charge of a wonderful stage in your life.
Some of the conditions we safely treat include:
- Sinus pressure
- General body aches and pain
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Ribcage pain
- Pelvic pain
- Varicose veins
We also work in conjunction with your doctor or midwife to address conditions such as placenta previa, anemia, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.
General Pregnancy Care and Labor Preparation
In addition to the many ailments we’ve listed above, acupuncture is also a great way to promote health and happiness throughout your pregnancy. Regular care throughout your pregnancy helps to reduce overall stress, build up your immune system, and sustain the overall strength you want and need leading up to your baby’s birth day.
As your due date approaches, our attention turns to labor preparation. Our focus is on helping you achieve a more efficient and more comfortable labor and delivery by ensuring that your body is ready and that your baby is in the right position and ready to greet the world.
Acupuncture focuses on restoring your body’s energy and making sure that it flows smoothly and freely. The months right after you give birth are a time of regeneration for your body. The unique demands of having a newborn make it hard to fit in the rest and relaxation you would normally turn to when you are low on energy. That’s where we come in. Acupuncture can help your body regain that lost energy and help you maintain it as you recover from childbirth.
In addition to boosting your energy, acupuncture offers many postnatal benefits and helps to resolve the following conditions:
- Postpartum depression/anxiety
- Hair loss
- Limited milk supply
- Healing C-section scars
- Urinary incontinence
- Uterine bleeding