Traditional Chinese Medicine for Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery and Post Partum Care

Fertility- Need a strong foundation of Blood and Yin to conceive and carry a child.
Acupuncture, herbs and diet can help prepare the body for a healthy pregnancy.
•    Regulate the menses.
•    Encourage blood flow to the uterus.
•    Relax the patient and calm the mind.
•    Increase fertile cervical fluids
•    Aid assisted reproductive technology.
•    Decrease endometriosis
•    Treat PCOS

Dietary Suggestions:
Eggs, Omega 3 fatty acids, wheat germ, *quality red meat, chicken, almonds, gogi berries (gou qi zi)

Pregnancy: Full of Qi and Blood. Connect with the child within.
Acupuncture, herbs and diet can assist in alleviating:
•    Threatened miscarriage
•    Nausea
•    Sciatic pain
•    Nose Bleeds
•    Stress
•    Headache
•    Reflux
•    Hemorrhoids
•    Leg Cramps
Assist in:
•    Relaxation
•    Breech presentation
•    Labor induction
•    Stalled labor

Dietary Suggestions: ginger for nausea, vitamin C rich foods: broccoli, cabbage, grapefruits, lemons, peppers, strawberries, calcium rich foods: hijiki, brick cheese, wheat grass, sardines, nori, almonds, amanranth, wheat germ, floradix, raspberry leaf tea, B12

Postpartum Care: Postpartum Recovery-Loss of Qi and Blood

Some treatable symptoms are:
•    Insufficient lactation
•    Hair loss
•    Insomnia
•    Night sweats
•    Brittle nails
•    Depression
•    Back Ache
•    Shoulder pain

Dietary suggestions: root vegetables, chicken soup, *high quality red meat, ox tail, marrow, beets, molasses, spirulina, green magma, fish oils, black sesame seeds, seaweeds, fennel, spelt bread, berries, pomegranate, wakame

*Dietary suggestions from Healing with Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford

Book Suggestions:

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Toni Weschler
The Complete Guide of Pregnancy and Childbirth, Sheila Kitzinger
Healing With Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford
Staying Healthy with Nutrition, Elson Haas
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, James and Phyllis Balch

Acupuncture for Labor & Delivery

The above still is taken from my Acupressure Video on YouTube. Click here for all the videos.

Acupuncture is a safe way to get labor started when a women is past her due date. I never induce anyone who is not postdate, although I do use acupuncture as a routine pre-labor treatment which is incredibly effective.

Chances are is you are 40 weeks pregnant then you are stressed out; the phone never stops ringing, strangers comment that you must be having twins, its too hot or too cold, your not sleeping, nothing fits and you just keep wondering when this little critter will arrive? Actually, I love treating women during this miraculous and life altering time.

As a practitioner I employ all of the points that are contraindicated in pregnancy as well as points that address specific issues that may be affecting mom such as anxient, stress, insomnia, pain etc. These points help stimulate the uterus while helping efface the cervix and dropping the baby into optimal fetal position. Additionally, treatments help calm the moms mind and body which, in my opinion is one of the biggest roadblocks for getting labor going.

Acupuncture during Labor:

I had the fortune of taking an excellent class with Claudia Citkovitz, the leading American researcher on the benefits of using acupuncture to expedite labor and delivery. She currently heads a large, ongoing study at Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn and is starting another one at Beth Israel in Manhattan.

Acupuncture can be a greatly effective tool when labor has stalled or is failing to progress.

There are many reasons why this can be happening:

* Baby is in a less than optimal position (possibly posterior)
* Mom is laboring on her back
* Mom is shutting down due to feelings of stress, fear, etc.

Specific acupuncture points can be used to help create a smooth labor pattern that has either failed to start or failed to progress. Points are also used to treat pain, headache, edema as well as constitutional issues that may be contributing to a stalled labor.

If a labor is moving smoothly than acupressure can be just as effective to help mom feel better through the contractions.

Check out my acupressure videos on YouTube.