Read on to find out how postnatal acupuncture can benefit you and your baby.
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“Nourish the soil before planting the seed” -- Ancient Chinese proverb
To grow a garden, you need to have good quality, nutrient-rich soil, sunlight, and water to produce healthy plants. If you imagine trying to grow seeds without these elements it is unlikely that they will grow or thrive. Having regular acupuncture sessions is like 'preparing the soil' or uterine lining to be thick and nutrient rich. When the time comes it is much more likely your precious fertilised egg will embed and grow in the natural fertile soil you have prepared.
During your initial consultation a comprehensive case history will be taken. We will discuss your treatment goals. I will ask you questions about your diet, digestion, lifestyle, medical + family history, emotional wellbeing, sleeping patterns etc. I will then ask will then observe your tongue and take your pulse to aid the diagnoses of your internal wellbeing. Then I'll get you to lay on the comfy treatment bed....
Acupuncture can help provide physical and emotional support leading up to and throughout an IVF, IUI or ICSI cycle, as well as optimising your chances of getting pregnant, having a safe pregnancy and live birth.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment modality to support you during your pregnancy. Each treatment uses acupuncture pregnancy points tailored to your individual needs and concerns.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine is it thought that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is caused by the Qi (energy) flowing the wrong way. This is known as 'rebellious Stomach Qi'; normally the Stomach Qi descends, but due to the changes that occur during pregnancy, this Qi rebels and heads upwards, causing the unsavoury nausea. Specially selected acupuncture points encourage the rebellious Qi to descend, diminishing the unpleasant feelings of nausea, retching and vomiting. Studies show Acupuncture is an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy (Smith, C, 2002).
I’m Emma Quine, a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) registered with AHPRA and covered by private health funds. I'm here to support you, to find out more about how pregnancy acupuncture can help you, feel free to give me a call on 0439 402 078.
(Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial, Smith S, Crowther C, Beilby J, 2002).
Pregnancy nausea can be a living hell and feel like an eternal evil hangover (without the party)! I'm sorry you are suffering. It's a very personal journey and is important to find what works for you and your body at the time. T
1. The most important thing to do is to become a ‘SNACK QUEEN.’ Keep something in your stomach at all times to regulate your blood sugar levels. Set an alarm every two hours to remind you. It doesn’t have to be healthy or big just something, even if it’s potato crisps.
Try snacking on almonds, crackers, miso soups (the Spiral brand sachets with seaweed are really good), noodles, pasta, dried fruit, yogurt, and white bread!
Sugary foods should be avoided as your blood sugar levels will spike> carbs are better. Eat easy to digest foods- slow cooked, baked veges (good to prep a heap of baked veges to graze on during the week), raw fruit, well cooked grains and soups.
Don’t feel bad if you hate eating vegetables and you normal diet, you can eat them for the rest of your life, the main thing is to get through this rough patch. Trust me, your passion and identity with food will return.
2. STAY HYDRATED try fresh chilled coconut water, chamomile tea, Hydralite ice-blocks , ginger tea, ginger ale or apple cider vinegar with warm water and honey. Some women love sucking on ice cubes (try coconut ones too if you like that flavour).
3. SMELLS- using peppermint or vanilla in an aromatic oil burner at home or work can help alleviate odour sensitivities. If you are vomiting into the toilet, put some peppermint drops down the loo beforehand, so you have something better to smell. Some people find smelling medical swabs does the trick, as it overrides any other scent.
4. If you feel better when you REST then do it more! Delegate as much as possible and create boundaries with your social life.
Hopefully the symptoms pass after the first trimester you can eat greens and feel human again.
5. Regular acupuncture and acupressure can help resolve morning sickness naturally:
This point (Pericardium 6) is located 3 finger breadths up from your wrist crease, in between the two tendons. If you put your hand into a fist and pull it towards you, it makes it easier to find the point.
Hold this spot with your opposing thumb and take some slow, deep breaths. Hold for 1-3 minutes several times a day when you feel nausea (either wrist is fine).
It helps to resolve the 'Rebellious Qi' ( a Chinese medicine term which means the stomach energy which is meant to descend is rising up due to all the changes happening in your uterus). This special acupuncture point perfectly safe in pregnancy and can also help to resolve anxiety. If you get acupuncture there are heaps more points to address your nausea.
Good luck! Emma xx
1) Acupuncturists view each person holistically and individually
2) Acupuncture helps to re-awaken and energise the self-healing capacity of the body.
3) Acupuncture is an effective preventative medicine with no negative side-effects, only positive ones.
4) Acupuncture helps to support and strengthen the immune system.
5) Acupuncture effectively assists with recovery from drug, alcohol and smoking addictions.
6) Acupuncture is recognised by well-known and leading national and international health organisations.
My techniques are extremely gentle and even the most needle phobic client is pleasantly surprised.
Happy to announce my client going through her first round of IVF had 7 eggs successfully retrieved. They all fertilized and made it to blastocyte (day 5) stage; four of the precious embryos are eight celled and other three have seven cells. One embryo will be transferred tomorrow, the other 6 will be frozen and are referred to as 'Frosties'.
I will give her fertility acupuncture prior to the transfer to help calm her mind, thicken the endometrial lining and prepare the uterus for the embryo to implant. After the transfer I will give her another acupuncture session to prevent any uterine cramping, increase the chances of the embryo embedding successfully and reduce the chance of miscarriage. Then its a waiting game to see what her hormone and blood levels are telling us. Fingers crossed for a successful pregnancy and a healthy happy baby! :) I recommend weekly acupuncture for the first trimester of her pregnancy or to prepare for her future frozen embryo transfer if required.
Here is an interesting research article stating that shows women having IVF treatment can boost their chances of falling pregnant by 65 per cent simply by having acupuncture.
The acupressure point, ST36 (Zusanli), is one of the 11 heavenly acupuncture points. It is located on both legs, four finger widths down from the bottom of your kneecap, along the outer boundary of your shin bone, you will feel a small indent/depression there.
Press on either or both points for up to 3-5 minutes at a time. You can do this several times a day if you wish. This point helps to increase your Qi, strengthen the Stomach and Spleen, improve your digestion and increase Blood production. Well done!
Moxibustion (moxa), also known as mugwort, is an ancient herb which facilitates iron absorption. You can do moxibustion over ST36 for 5 minutes a day for ten days and your iron & energy levels should increase. Come in for a consultation and acupuncture treatment, and I will show you which special & safe techniques to use.
In traditional Chinese medicine, iron deficiency anaemia is usually diagnosed as a Qi (energy) & Blood deficiency. As your precious baby grows, there is a huge demand placed on your body to produce extra Qi and Blood...