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Pre-Birth Acupuncture

Pre-birth acupuncture involves a series of acupuncture sessions in the third trimester. Acupuncture can be started from week 30. The process is aimed at building up the expectant mother’s strength for a more natural birth process. Pre-birth Acupuncture is currently being used routinely in hospitals in China and Germany with positive results. How effective is Acupuncture for preparation for birth? In China and Germany expectant mothers begin weekly acupuncture sessions at 36 weeks gestation and continue right through till birth. Research has suggested that pre-birth acupuncture can decrease mean labour times from 8 hours and 2 minutes to 6 hours and 36 minutes. “Feedback suggest that pre-birth acupuncture offers a range of positive effects that goes beyond reducing the time spent in labour, with midwives reporting a reduced rate of medical intervention” (1) When should I start my sessions? You can start from week 30 fortnightly sessions building up to weekly sessions at week 36. Can I address other health concerns? Although it is common to use preparation points each treatment can be tailor to suit your specific needs. If you have hip pain for example, we can add some specific local hip points or use some massage during your session. Can acupuncture help breech or posterior babies? Acupuncture and Chinese moxibusion has shown to be very clinically effective. Ideally Acupuncture and Chinese moxibusion would be started from week 34. However positive results can still be achieved after. A study conducted in China suggested that 81% of babies respond to Acupuncture treatments (2). How does treatment for breech or posterior babies work? The treatment involves the application of moxa...

Pre-menstrual Tension (PMS)

  What is Pre-menstrual Tension (PMS)? Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is often viewed as a “problem” or illness. It’s not. Instead, PMS is a variety of responses to an ordinary event in women’s lives: menstruation. PMS usually occurs monthly, accompanied with specific symptoms and signs that can appear seven to ten days before menstruation and then disappear after the onset of the menstrual flow. To better understand PMS, it is important to look at the whole picture. What causes Pre-menstrual Tension (PMS)? Although PMS is due to unbalanced hormonal fluctuations, other factors such as stress, a nutritionally inadequate diet, lack of exercise and sleep, and a hectic or sedentary lifestyle can exacerbate the symptoms. Because of most women exhibit as many as four to ten symptoms one to two weeks prior to menstruation, their lives – from relationships with family and friends, to work productivity and the ability to appreciate and take pleasure in their own bodies – may become diminished.   Risk To make matters worse, women may be at increased risk for PMS if 1) they are over 30 years old; 2) they are experiencing significant amount of stress; 3) their nutritional habits are poor; 4) they have suffered side effects, from birth control pills; 5) they have difficulty maintaining a stable weight; 6) they do not get enough exercise; 7) they have had children (the more children, the more severe the symptoms, or 8) they have a family history of depression.   Common PMS symptoms & signs:   Acne Allergies Anxiety appetite changes Backache Bloating Breast tenderness & swelling Constipation and/or diarrhoea Cramps Depression Edema Headache/Migraine Heart palpitation...

When to start acupuncture Chinese medicine for fertility?

Acupuncture Chinese medicine for fertility, when to start?   You should start acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment immediately if any one or more of the following situations apply to you: Age factor: You are over 36 year old; Between 30-35 yo, not conceived after tried for six months; 29 yo or younger, not conceived after tried over one year. Period: You don’t have regular menstrual cycles; Your cycle is less than 25 days or over 40 days; Your have severe Pre-menstrual Tension or extreme menstrual cramping. Ovulation: You are not sure if you’re ovulating or not; You don’t notice any fertile mucus; You have ovulation pain or mid-cycle spotting. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART): You have previous failed ART treatments such as: IUI, IVF; You are Preparing for fertility treatments, e.g. IUI, IVF. Existing Diagnosis & History: Your have two or more consecutive miscarriages; Your progesterone levels are lower than normal; You have been diagnosed with PCOS/PCOD, Endometriosis; Your partner’s sperm testing shows...

Nutrients for Female fertility, Pregnancy, Breast feeding and beyond

Nutrients for Female fertility Pregnancy, Breast feeding and beyond   Iron   This nutrient is important for the correct formation of foetal blood, brain, eyes, bones and an overall healthy growth rate. It is also vital for a healthy immune system, mucous membranes, for general health and fertility. However many women do not realise how important iron is very important in fertility health. Women with low iron stores could suffer anovulation (no ovulation). In a Harvard University study of 18,500 women, women supplementing iron were 40% less likely to suffer from fertility problems. During pregnancy there is an increased need for iron due to greater red blood cell mass and plasma volume. Iron should be increased in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters as the foetus will draw on the mother’s iron stores to prepare itself for the 4-6 months after birth (because breast milk is low in iron). Deficiency increases the risk of anaemia, pre-term delivery and low birth weight Women with low iron are suggested to supplement 10-20mcg daily, however if you are prone to constipation a liquid supplement is more gentle on the stomach; we suggest capsules by bio-ceuticals or liquid spatone. Also note iron will not be absorbed with calcium, so if taking a supplement make sure to separate these. Inorganic iron supplements can bind up in the gut and cause constipation; they also destroy Vitamin E and compete for absorption with zinc; therefore, use of organic iron supplements and chelates are preferable. Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron. Natural sources include green leafy vegetables, dried beans, black strap molasses, lean meat (organic/chemical free), dried apricots,...

Women’s 7-Years Life Cycle

 Women’s 7-Years Life Cycle   “Women seven and men eight” is the Chinese statement on the growth cycle of human being from the “Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine“- The “Bible” of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). That is, the number of women’s life cycle is seven and the number of men’s life cycle is eight. Every seven or eight years, women or men’s life change.The 7 years life cycle is so obvious for woman, and her fertility status changes every seven years too. The physical change of women occurs obviously every seven years; and men’s change occurs every eight years. – “Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine”   Women’s Life Cycle of 7   7 year old: A moman’s kidney energy growing strong, teeth change and hair grows longer and stronger. (the 1st 7 years). Kidney is a special term in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It not only has the function of controlling the urinary system, but also has a very important role – control the developing, growing, and reproduction. In terms of reproduction, you can think Kidney as a “Small Kidney”- the ovaries or testis. At the age of 7, a woman’s reproductive system start to develop. 14 year old: Her menstruation appears as the Ren meridian (the sea of Yin/Essence) flows and the Qi and blood in the Chong meridian (the sea of blood) becomes prosperous, she can have a child. (2nd 7 years) At the age of 14, her menstruation appears and she is able to have a child. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the age of menarche is one important factor to help make diagnosis. If menarche is...

Lower back pain and infertility

  Did you know that lower back pain may be related to infertility?   Lower back pain is one of the most common condition in clinic. It is estimated that 90% people may have some degree of lower back pain in their life. The causes of lower back pain varies. Generally it is caused by injuries, heavy lifting, poor posture, sitting for too longtime, lack of exercises, arthritis, etc. However Did you know that lower back pain may be related to infertility? In Chinese medicine theory, lower back pain may be an indicator of low fertility energy – Kidney Deficiency. Kidney is a very special organ in Chinese medicine. The function of kidney includes: Stores the essence (The primary essence inherited from your parents); Controls the growth, development and reproduction of the body. If the Kidney’s function is normal, your fertility energy is strong and you are fertile. If the Kidneys’ essence is impaired, the foundation of your fertility is also weakened, hence infertility occurs.   Lower back is the “House of Kidney”   Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnoses look the subtle signs and symptoms of your body. Lower back pain before or/and during menstruation cycle indicate the foundation of your fertility is weak. Therefore, if we see you have lower back pain associate with period, you may need treatment for the foundation of fertility health.   How do acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine help?   Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help to consolidate the foundation of fertility by: Strengthen the Kidney Qi; Strengthen Kidney Yang; Strengthen Kidney Yin; Once the foundation of fertility health has been consolidated,...