FERTILITY, PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

The treatment of unexplained infertility, health problems in pregnancy and preparing the body for labor and delivery.

Acupuncture (as a part of Chinese medicine) is the oldest continuous recorded medical system. The acupuncturist can choose from over 400 points on the body. This may seem overwhelming to the average person. But inherent in the philosophy of Chinese medicine is a system to identify patterns in the body which result in ill health, pain, or poor function. Once the pattern is identified, a prescription of acupuncture points can be applied to return the body to a condition of vibrant health. It is only when the body is in a state of health that it can easily conceive. It is this way that acupuncture works with Western medicine—bringing the body to a relaxed and healthy state so that conception can more easily occur.


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INFERTILITY

There are many causes of infertility (clinical definition: a women is considered infertile when she has been unable to conceive for a 12-month period of time). Some are quite severe: complete blockage of the fallopian tubes, failure to ovulate, or seriously inadequate sperm. These require invasive techniques to overcome (surgery, drugs). Others are not so severe: unexplained infertility, long follicular phase, short follicular phase, short luteal phase, etc. These are the situations that often respond to the less invasive techniques of Chinese medicine.

 

PREGNANCY

Pregnancy comes with its own unique challenges. Since so much is demanded of your body at this time, caring for your health is key for the well-being of you and your baby. Acupuncture has been shown to be safe and effective for many of the symptoms that often accompany pregnancy: anxiety and stress, back pain and sciatica, constipation, edema, fatigue, heartburn, hemorrhoids, morning sickness.

 

CHILDBIRTH

Recent studies have shown that the use of acupuncture during labor may actually reduce the need for pain medications and help the mother stay more relaxed. In addition acupuncture may help in difficult birthing situations. After childbirth, acupuncture can help new moms take much-needed time to recover, rebalance and rejuvenate. Women with postpartum depression also respond to acupuncture.


There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
— Albert Einstein


SOURCE: Acupuncture and Pregnancy Research Articles Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J, “Acupuncture to Treat Nausea and Vomiting in Early Pregnancy,” Birth 2002 Mar 29(1):1-9 Cardini F, Weixin H, “Moxibustion for Correction of Breech Presentation,” JAMA 1998; 280: 1580-1584 Manheimer E, Zhang G, Udoff L, et al., “Effect of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilization,” British Medical Journal published online 2008