Maternity Care

Thousands of years ago, the Chinese began recognizing and treating a variety of pregnancy-related ailments using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. A highly effective system of medicine evolved that can enhance a healthy pregnancy and treat many ailments during these special months. The ancient texts contain treatments for infertility, preventing miscarriage, treating nausea and vomiting, turning a baby into the right position, bleeding in pregnancy, and many other conditions. Careful attention was paid to the health and well being of the mother and baby by supporting and balancing the four treasures of yin, yang, qi, and blood, as well as promoting their proper circulation and distribution.

Today, we know Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs work in treating a wide range of ailments in pregnancy. We understand that Acupuncture increases blood flow to the ovaries, optimizes ovarian functioning and follicular development, increases the chance of healthy ovum and corpus luteum, and decreases the incidence of miscarriage. Acupuncture also increases blood flow through the uterus, promoting a healthy endometrial lining and optimizing placental functioning. Results of this increased blood flow include increased delivery of oxygen and nutrition to the baby—giving baby the best chance of being healthy.

The forty lunar weeks of pregnancy have the potential to be profoundly transformative and powerful in a woman’s life. There is boundless joy and peace available to pregnant women. Often women experience an increase in energy and vitality during this time. For some women, there are obstacles to this joyful experience. We see Acupuncture and herbal therapy as a wonderful means to remove the obstacles preventing a woman from feeling great during pregnancy and connecting to the joy of being pregnant.

Conditions Treated:

  • Fertility issues
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Bleeding during pregnancy
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hyperemesis
  • Headaches
  • Colds/Flu/Sinus infections/Pneumonia
  • Pain anywhere
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Urinary tract Infections
  • Heartburn
  • Uterine ligament pain
  • Pre-term labor
  • Intra-hepatic cholestasis
  • Low platelet count and other blood count issues
  • Edema
  • Placenta previa/Placental ruptures
  • Varicose veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Fibroids in pregnancy
  • Hydroamniosis
  • Breech and malpresentation (week 33)
  • Labor preparation/Cervical ripening (week 37)
  • Labor induction
  • Stalled labor/Inertia/Labor pain
  • Retained placenta
  • Anxiety and depression/Baby blues
  • Lactation issues/Mastitis
  • Recovery from C-section/Pain and swelling
  • Bladder and uterine prolapse