In the United States, approximately 9 million people are currently having difficulty trying to conceive. There is a one in eight chance that either you or someone you know is affected by fertility problems.
Our team at Lighthouse Wellness Center is here to help! By using acupuncture, we offer a natural alternative to treat infertility and help to conceive, provide care and comfort during your pregnancy and support after birth as well.
Pregnancy is a time of extraordinary physical and emotional change. It is also a time when it is more important than ever to support and care for your well-being. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help you meet the unique challenges of pregnancy, ensuring optimal health for you and your baby in a safe and natural way, without the use of harmful medications.
Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to regulate the female reproductive system. Acupuncture and TCM is based on the concept that Qi (pronounced "chee") is the vital energy (the "life force") that flows through the body in channels called meridians. Practitioners of acupuncture work to balance the Qi in the body's meridian and organ systems by manipulating corresponding points on the body. Regular acupuncture during pregnancy sets the foundation for a healthy mother and baby. In addition, women who receive acupuncture during pregnancy often have a shorter and easier birth experience than women who do not receive acupuncture. Several European studies concluded that women who received acupuncture once a week during the last month of pregnancy had significantly shorter labor than women who did not receive any acupuncture.
For a healthy pregnancy, treatment is often recommended once a month, with weekly treatments in the last month. However, your practitioner will tailor your treatment entirely to your needs and choose points based on your unique systems and concerns.
Acupuncture can also help with more serious issues during pregnancy. Specific acupuncture points and techniques are very useful for turning "breech babies" (those positioned feet first). One study concluded that fetal malpresentation is a relatively simple, efficacious and inexpensive method for breech birth presentation. Treatment involves moxibustion, or applying heat from the burning of the herb mugwort to a point just outside the nail of the little toe. The treatment causes no adverse side effects.
If your due date just passed, acupuncture can also be used to induce labor through gentler means than traditional Western labor inducing treatments and medications. Acupuncture and acupressure can even be used to help control pain, calm the mind and reduce stress during delivery.
It is important to recover properly after childbirth. Acupuncture can help you heal and regain your strength and vitality, balance your energy, boost your body's defenses, and help address concerns such as pain, fatigue, and postpartum depression. Acupuncture provides a holistic, gentle way to nurture and care for yourself and your baby's heath throughout your pregnancy and beyond without the risk of harmful side effects that may occur from medications.
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