Pregnancy and childbirth

Is Chinese Medicine safe during pregnancy?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions of TCM practitioners by pregnant women. In short, the answer is both ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. There are a number of acupuncture points and herbal ingredients that are either cautioned or contraindicated for use during pregnancy. Women can rest assured, however, that all Registered Practitioners of Traditional […]

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Morning sickness: Treatment with Chinese Medicine

The unfoldment of a pregnancy from conception to birth involves a myriad of miraculous, natural and normal physiological changes.  How a woman’s body adapts to these dramatic changes will predispose her to expressing symptoms commonly associated with pregnancy. Along with breast distension and soreness, morning sickness is one of the most common and earliest physical […]

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Using Chinese Medicine to prepare for natural childbirth

“… Treating dis-ease in the body once it has become manifest is like forging weapons after the war has begun, or digging a well after the drought has started … too little too late …” (Chinese proverb) No one has a crystal ball to predict how a labour might turn out.  What every pregnant woman […]

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Pre-birth treatment

Pre-birth treatment usually involves two aspects. The primary treatment uses a standard combination of acupuncture points.  The primary aim of treatment is to gently and progressively move the mother’s energy and blood circulation into her lower abdomen as the birth approaches. Additional points are added to help soften and relax the ligaments and tendons and […]

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Acupressure as a natural method of pain relief during pregnancy

The intense and unrelenting nature of labour pains means most women will look for and use some form of pain relief during their childbirth. For women who prefer to avoid or minimise the use of medical analgesia, acupressure is a safe, effective, drug-free alternative. The degree of assistance that acupressure provides varies from woman to […]

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Acupuncture induction for post-term babies

Acupuncture induction is safe and effective and works harmoniously with the delicate hormonal balance of pregnancy to promote labour. It is enjoying increasing popularity as women with uncomplicated pregnancies seek to avoid conventional medical induction, imposition of medical timeframes, and the cascade of interventions that often follow. Chinese Medicine practitioners will never perform internal, vaginal […]

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Using Moxibustion to turn breech presentation

As a pregnancy progresses and the baby continues to grow, available space within the uterus reduces resulting in less room for the baby to move.  The baby’s head eventually becomes heavier than its bottom and under normal circumstances around 32 weeks gestation the baby sinks down, head first into the pelvis and engages in preparation […]

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