Acupuncture for pregnancy and post-delivery

Acupuncture has been being used for over 3000 years for women during pregnancy. It is a safe and effective treatment for many of the symptoms that arise during pregnancy. A trained acupuncturist versed in the protocol for pregnancy is imperative. Acupuncture allow’s for women’s optimum health in the most important time in their lives. I see women in my practice often for all sorts of issues relating to pregnancy with much success.

Being pregnant can be difficult, morning sickness, back pain, ligament pain, constipation, heartburn, fatigue and gestational diabetes are problems that women can face in their pregnancy Acupuncture addresses all of the above. I use mainly acupuncture when treating pregnancy, I seldom use herbs during pregnancy, Less is more and Acupuncture is a very safe and effective modality for pregnant women.

The word balance is thrown around a lot but what better time to stop and regroup than when pregnant. We live in a very busy culture where taking the time for ourselves is not done. Pregnancy and post-delivery is the time to just stop, rest, and rebalance; take care of ourselves. There are many symptoms that arise during pregnancy and they are often perfectly normal maladies. They are also very treatable imbalances which acupuncture can help with.

I mainly see women in my office for morning sickness in the early weeks of pregnancy. If one is feeling sick acupuncture can be done once a week in the early weeks of pregnancy to quell nausea. I find once my patient feels better they can come maybe every other week or once a month is fine.

Acupuncture is a good thing to do at the end of your pregnancy when you are getting ready to go into labor. In TCM traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture is used to help with the induction of labor and as a way to just get things moving gently.

Stress is very high when getting ready to deliver a baby and acupuncture is so helpful in bringing about calm as well as more energy so that one can be strong and ready to deliver.

I often do acupuncture post-delivery.  My patients love how rejuvenating it is. My treatment principle would be to strengthen Qi, which is an unseeable vital energy. . This vital energy moves our blood. An ancient saying “Blood is the mother of Qi and Qi the commander of blood.”  Acupuncture can circulate the blood and nourish the blood. Nourished blood in this medicine brings about more energy and clearer thinking, always very good, when taking care of a newborn. Optimally as women, we want to rebuild our strength after childbirth. During post-delivery, women, are very vulnerable due to the loss of blood that happens with childbirth. Blood loss can give rise to the blues or just feeling over-emotional and exhausted.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are excellent methods to prepare for childbirth and rejuvenate after childbirth. Call Optimum Health Acupuncture for an appointment 802-859-8900

 

Acupuncture used to fight immunity and depression.

It has been cited in many studies that those suffering from depression: feeling sadness or hopelessness plays a significant role in patients who suffer from other chronic diseases . In a breast cancer study the woman suffering from depression had the fewest natural killer cells. It is believed  that part of the job of these cells is to fight cancer by patrolling the body for tumors starting to grow. The depressed patients had fewer of these cells, and also had tumors spreading more quickly to different parts of the body.

How to keep our fight? Acupuncture and Chinese herbs strengthen immunity. The Lung in Chinese medical theory is responsible for our Wei Qi , which  literally translates as fighting Qi. It is responsible for keeping our immunity strong and fighting off exogenous pathogens. The lung is directly affected by grief and sadness. It is very helpful to keep the lung meridian strengthened when one suffers from sadness or grief in order to stave off more serious diseases.

In my practice I see patients with low grade depression everyday. I treat both the heart and lung meridian. Heart signs and symptoms include insomnia and anxiety and a feeling of flatness.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work very well to help combat depression and strengthen our immunity to fight disease. Come in and feel better. Call 802-859-8900 310 Pine St. Burlington Vt. 05401

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture can help with weight loss

In my practice I often have patients come in to lose weight.  Traditional Chinese medicine theory attributes excessive weight gain is caused by an imbalance in the body due to a deficiency in the Stomach/Spleen and liver organ systems.  As an acupuncturist I would stimulate points to facilitate hormonal rebalance and target the kidneys and endocrine systems to treat water retention. When weight gain is due to menopause or PMS there are meridians used to help the adrenals and reproductive system, which will bring balance to the body and help with weight loss.

I also use Chinese nutritional theory, which would uses food as medicine.  There are certain foods, which can speed up the metabolism and do specific things such as dry damp or move stagnation. An example would be radish, which is used to clear damp. Damp is a major culprit in weight gain.

Acupuncture relieves stress and promotes energy that alone can precipitate weight loss. I have patients who find weight loss to be a by-product of their treatment and they have not even tried to lose weight.

Acupuncture along with a food plan and exercise is a safe and reliable way to lose weight.

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Find relief for Menstrual Cramps

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been treating women's gynecological issues for over 2500 years. In my practice, I treat painful periods often and with great success.

Results for painful periods vary depending on how long the patient has suffered. I find that coming in once a week for a period of two months to be an ample treatment, and women notice significant results by their second cycle after receiving acupuncture.

Menstrual cramps in Chinese medical theory are attributed to a liver imbalance that is based on Qi (energy) and blood stagnation. (The liver is responsible for balanced circulation throughout the body.) Cramping pain is due to a congealing and stagnation of blood, which is why one often has big clots and some brownish color in the blood, both signs that qi is not moving the blood properly. Acupuncture simply moves blood and gets that stagnation flowing, which will lessen the pain.

Many women have resigned themselves to painful periods every month and consider it normal because they believe there is no treatment for it. That is simply not the case and suffering every month is not necessary. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs work beautifully to restore balance. Along with pain relief, women feel more energetic and less moody. 

Call to schedule a appointment 802-859-8900 310 Pine St. Suite 108 Burlington Vt. 05401