By Korin Owens, L.AC
The benefits of acupuncture and Chinese herbs are not limited to fertility. Both are extremely beneficial during pregnancy, as preparation for labor and delivery, and postpartum.
Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs
When couples have infertility problems, they often turn to acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Acupuncture can correct hormonal imbalance, support the endocrine system, influence reproductive organs and affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, which controls ovulation and sperm production.
Chinese herbs contain natural energetic substances, which strengthen the reproductive system and improve its function. As the preparation prior to conception is very important, being in the best possible state of health is key. This leads to a harmonious pregnancy and ultimately, a healthy baby.
The benefits of acupuncture and Chinese herbs are not limited to fertility. Both are extremely beneficial during pregnancy, as preparation for labor and delivery, and postpartum. Acupuncture promotes a healthy pregnancy by nourishing both mother and baby. It also treats nausea, headaches, insomnia and fatigue as they may arise throughout the pregnancy.
After giving birth, most mothers are severely depleted and need support and nourishment in order to fully recover. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs address the physical problems which can occur including pain, swelling and bleeding as well as the emotional issues of depression and anxiety.
Finally, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are very effective for infants, toddlers and children. Shonishin, “little children needle” is a specialized acupuncture technique developed specifically for infants and children. No needles are used as Shonishin’s non-invasive treatment techniques involve rhythmic stroking, rubbing, tapping and pressing the skin to produce a variety of gentle sensations.
Infants are most often treated for colic, fever, cough and vomiting, while older children are treated for the common cold, fever, cough, headache and stomachache. Chronic conditions such as eczema, asthma, insomnia, constipation and behavioral problems such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been successfully treated.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are powerful agents for positive change that can be used at any stage of life. At the Traditional Chinese Medical Clinic, we look forward to supporting you in your healing journey.