Medicine has always stressed that a women needs to be taken special
care during pregnancy and in the months following childbirth.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provide a safe and
natural way to alleviate some of the unwanted side effects of
pregnancy, relieve pain during labour, ease birth, promote
breastfeeding and recovery and prevention of postpartum
Pregnancy has three trimesters, each of
which is marked by specific fetal developments. A pregnancy is
considered full-term at 40 weeks; infants delivered before the end of
week 37 are considered premature. Premature infants may have problems
with their growth and development, as well as difficulties in breathing
First Trimester (0 to 13 Weeks)
first trimester is the most crucial to baby's development. During this
period, baby's body structure and organ systems develop. Most
miscarriages and birth defects occur during this period.
also undergoes major changes during the first trimester. These changes
often cause a variety of symptoms, including nausea, fatigue, breast
tenderness and frequent urination. Although these are common pregnancy
symptoms, every woman has a different experience. For example, while
some may experience an increased energy level during this period,
others may feel very tired and emotional.
Acupuncture is particularly helpful for
- Recurrent Miscarriage (for
prevention of miscarriage, Chinese medicine use herbal formula Bao Tai
Wu You San, Xi Cun Shou Tai Wan, or Shao Gong Bao Tai Fang. All work to
nourish the Qi and Blood circulation in the uterus, increase the
tolerance of uterus to physical or emotional stimulation).
- Nausea and fatigue (In
most cases, it is not so difficult for Chinese medicine to stop the
nausea. We normally use herbal formula Gan Jiang Qin Lian Tang, Dao
Tang Tang, or Chai Ping Yin. All work well.) Drink the tea one
hour after meal. Before drink the tea, cut a piece of fresh ginger,
smear the ginger on the tongue, then drink the herbal tea sip by sip.
Do not drink the herbal tea all in once.
simply drink tea prepared from north America ginshen. It is good enough
in most cases. Otherwise, use herbal tea Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, or Wu Mei
Tang (with white sugar).
- Poor Appetite use herbal formula Ping Wei San, with addition of herb Ji Nei Jin, or Sha Ren. Or use Xiang Sha Si Jung Zi Tang.
- Frequent urination
- Twin Pregnancy
Second Trimester (14 to 26 Weeks)
second trimester of pregnancy is often called the "golden period"
because many of the unpleasant effects of early pregnancy disappear.
During the second trimester, you're likely to experience decreased
nausea, better sleep patterns and an increased energy level. However,
acupuncture and Chinese medicine are very effective help for a whole
new set of symptoms, such as
- back pain
- abdominal pain
- leg cramps
- Stress from all kinds of test for high-risk pregnant woman
Somewhere between 16 weeks and 20 weeks, you may feel your baby's first fluttering movements.
Third Trimester (27 to 40 Weeks)
have now reached your final stretch of pregnancy and are probably very
excited and anxious for the birth of your baby. Some of the physical
symptoms you may experience during this period include. Many of these
symptoms arise from the increase in the size of your uterus, which
expands from approximately 2 ounces before pregnancy to 2.5 pounds at
the time of birth.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is specially helpful in
- shortness of breath,
- urinary incontinence,
- varicose veins
- sleeping problems
(Mal-position of fetus is usually improved by the use of moxibustion
therapy. The commonly used acupuncture/moxibustion point is the Zhi Yin
point, which is located on the edge of the small toe. Use moxi to warm
the point for 15 to 20 min, once or twice a day. Other points can also
be used are Yin Bai, San Yin Jiao and Jing Men. Repeat the moxi therapy
until the fetus position becomes normal. Usually it needs one to five
times of such moxibustion treatment. The successful rate is about 80%.)
- Cervical ripening
Induction (Either acupuncture or Chinese herbal therapy can be used for
induction. For acupuncture, the commonly used acupuncture points are
San Yin Jiao, He Gu, Tai Chong , Zhi Yin, and Ci Liao. However,
acupuncture or herbal therapy will not be used if the woman is with the
following conditions: placental insufficiency, total placenta
praevia, antepartum eclampsia, or placental abruption, etc.The
successful rate of the herbal therapy is about 80%. The herbs can also
be mixed with vinegar or wine to make it into mud form. Apply the
herbal mud onto the navel or bottom of foot. The herbs work to improve
the mature of the uterus neck, so as to improve delivery. It can also
increase the success of oxytoxin, to reduce the period of induction, so
as to reduce the asphyxia rate of new born baby).Other herbal formula
approved to be successful in the induction of uterus contract in later
term of pregnancy is Zhang Shi Zhu Chang Tang, Shen Qi Qi Gong Tang and
Huang Qi Chui Sheng Tang.
Post natal Care
highly skilled practitioner work closely with many obstetricians,
doctors and midwives. They are passionate about providing services to
women throughout all stages of their pregnancy. Acupuncture and Chinese
has helped even after birth.
- Breast feeding
- Postpartum depression