During pregnancy what can Chinese Medicine and acupuncture help with?
Chinese medicine has traditionally been used to assist woman for a millenia or two with their pregnancies. Some of conditions assocated with pregnancy that acupuncture may be helpful with include:
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for birth preparation
A German study found that the average labour was reduced for those who had weekly pre-birth acupuncture. We suggest that it is best to start weekly acupuncture sessions from the 36th until delivery. This is also a great time to look at treatment for malpositioned or breech babies. The focus of treatment during this time is to prepare both the body and mind for delivery.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for labour induction and labour support
Acupuncture can be very helpful to support the end stage of pregnancy and can be a useful alternative to medical induction. Generally medical inductions are scheduled between 41-42 weeks. For some this can be a scary prospect. Although we would like to begin the pregnancy preparation process from 35 weeks, we do understand this is not always possible. At Coburg Chinese medicine we provide acupuncture, moxibustion and acupressure to help induce and promote labour as a way of avoiding medical induction. For those past your due date it is suggested to have acupuncture every 1-2 days.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for post natal recovery
In Chinese medicine the initial post partum phase is considered a very vulnerable time for mothers and traditionally there are a number of Chinese herbal, acupuncture and dietary approaches to provide support for this recovery period. Some of the post-partum conditions that may be helped include:
If you wish to discuss how we can assist you with your pregnancy call us on 03 9041 6569