Using Chinese Medicine to prepare for childbirth

Using Chinese Medicine to prepare for childbirth

Using Chinese Medicine to prepare for birth usually involves two aspects.

The primary approach is to use 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 assist the baby to engage, laying the foundation for birth.

Secondary or extra acupuncture points are include to address symptoms if they manifest in the later stages of pregnancy such as haemorrhoids, oedema of the hands and feet, fatigue, heartburn, anxiety, sleep difficulty, tiredness, and back pain.

Generally speaking the number of acupuncture points needled is kept to a minimum and gentle needling techniques are used so the natural process of childbirth is encouraged, not overwhelmed or interfered with.