Morning Sickness

Traditional Chinese medicine is a nurturing, effective maternity treatment for many aspects of pregnancy, birth and the female cycle. Rebalancing the body’s energy calms the stomach and regulates the appetite so you and your baby can get the nutrition you both need for a healthy pregnancy.

Premature Contractions

Called “restless fetus” in China, acupuncture and/or herbs can stop cramping and/or bleeding and strengthen the uterus’s ability to maintain pregnancy.

Pregnancy Induced Hypertension

Acupuncture treatments can keep your blood pressure down and decrease the chance of further complications.  It is recommended to come in as soon as there is a concern.

Low Platelets

Acupuncture and herbs are a safe and effective way to help increase the body’s platelet count in cases where they have dropped below a safe level.  This reduces the risk of heavy bleeding during labor, and may help moms who wish to have a home birth be able to safely do so.

Gestational Diabetes

Acupuncture and nutrition can help support the mother and baby through this potentially dangerous condition, decreasing the risks for high birth weight, swelling and edema, hypertension and eclampsia.

Breech Presentation

Between 33-37 weeks research has shown that acupuncture can be very effective in turning a breech baby.  We recommend weekly treatments beginning at 33 weeks.

VBAC

If you are seeking a vaginal delivery after cesarian, acupuncture can be very helpful in preparing you for a successful delivery.

Labor 

Recent studies in Europe and New Zealand conclude that acupuncture can significantly reduce the duration of first stage labor.  In an Australian study, the average first stage labor length was 196 minutes for women receiving acupuncture as compared to 321 minutes for those who did not receive acupuncture.  It was also found that those receiving acupuncture had significantly less need for oxytocin during first stage labor (15%) compared to 85% for those not receiving acupuncture.  Acupuncture is also effective for regulating stalled labors, in instances of prolonged ruptured membranes and for reducing stress hormones known to inhibit labor progression.

Labor Preparation

We recommend that pregnant women receive weekly acupuncture beginning the 36th week to help with relaxation, reducing labor duration and to facilitate a smoother birth process.


In cases where you are overdue or need to give birth earlier for medical reasons, acupuncture may help you to get your labor started.

Stalled Labor

Sometimes labor can slow down, and there are situation where your water may break and contractions do not start.  Acupuncture can help to regulate and strengthen contractions.

Anxiety and Stress

Stress hormones are known to slow the progression of labor.  Acupuncture is a safe and wonderful way to relieve stress and anxiety, before and after birth.

Post-partum

The postpartum maternity period is viewed by Chinese medicine as a time of relative deficiency and great emphasis is placed on caring for mother and building strength (which in turn helps baby). In China, the post-partum period is four months, and women do not work during this time.  ”Mother Roasting”, warming the mothers abdomen, low back and specific acupoints with an herb called moxa, is done in many cultures during this time in order to tonify and strengthen the mother’s body, increase the quality and flow of milk, and help the uterus contract to it’s normal size.  In our culture, the need for rest and recuperation during this period is not as greatly emphasized.  Please allow some time to nurture yourself while you are nurturing your baby.

Post-partum Depression

Lack of sleep, exhaustion and the responsibility of a newborn may all contribute towards feelings that range from “the blues” to more profound feelings of depression.  Acupuncture and/or herbs can help you feel stronger, relaxed and emotionally balanced.

Insomnia

New mothers are often sleep deprived because of the frequent feeding schedule and sometimes are unable to fall back asleep.  Acupuncture relaxes you, and also regulates your sleep cycle.

Constipation

This is commonly experienced after giving birth.  Acupuncture and herbs can help to regulate bowel function to alleviate this condition.

Lactation

If you have low flow or no milk production, research in China has shown acupuncture to have a 90% rate of effectiveness in increasing milk supply.  According to Chinese medicine, difficulties with lactation occur because of a blockage of energy or because of exhaustion and blood loss.  Acupuncture and herbs can also help in cases of clogged ducts or mastitis.

Fatigue

Acupuncture is very effective in increasing your energy.