Pregnancy, Labour Induction
& Postnatal Care
Supporting all your pregnancy needs in a nurturing and understanding environment
How can Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine improve your pregnancy and labour?
Acupuncture can support pregnancy is various ways including pelvic and low back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, pregnancy migraines, morning sickness to labour induction. Chinese medicine also has techniques for babies presenting as breach and in the lead up to birth.
In Chinese medicine, we use a technique called moxibustion, which is close burning of a Chinese herb, ai ye, on the extremities of the body. This treatment is commenced in the clinic for a week then home treatments provided following. Moxibustion for breech babies is usually started between 28 and 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Labour induction is recommended to commence at 36 weeks with pre-labour preparatory treatment. This particular protocol promotes optimum health and prepares both the mother and baby for an efficient and timely birth. The treatment is focused on increasing blood flow to the uterus prior to delivery, which in turn encourages cervical ripening, correct positioning of the baby, decreasing stress and boosting general strength and stamina. If you are later than 36 weeks, acupuncture can still be very effective to achieve a better pregnancy labour (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6).
What is acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines good for during post natal care?
Postnatal Care is the six weeks directly following childbirth. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines can commence anytime following birth. Acupuncture has been found to assist with milk production (7)(8)(9) and postpartum depression (10). Chinese herbal medicines can increase milk production and reduce postpartum depression and anxiety. In clinical practice we generally very good results in a short amount of time. A combination of counselling and herbal medicines can be very supportive and effective.
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