Based on the energetic model of traditional Chinese medicine dating back over 3000 years, Acupuncture recognizes the vital energy behind all life forms and processes. This energy, “Qi”, circulates through the body along well-defined pathways. If this energy flow is disrupted, normal physiological function is affected resulting in pain or illness. Hair-thin, sterile needles are inserted into specific locations to balance the flow of Qi supporting the body’s natural healing process.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical treatments in the world. Free of side effects, acupuncture can benefit both mother and baby. Acupuncture provides drug-free treatment for conditions often experienced during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Some of the conditions that acupuncture can treat are:
- morning sickness
- anxiety and stress
- labor preparation
- postnatal depression
- lactation difficulties
- allergies and asthma
- back pain
- premature contractions
- pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
- breech presentation
- stalled labor
- fatigue and insomnia
- constipation, diarrhea and hemorrhoids
Acupuncture is helpful for menstrual disorders, PMS, encouraging fertility, managing menopause imbalances and addressing many other female conditions. During pregnancy, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat hip, leg, and back pain; headaches; and the pregnancy-induced skin rash (PUPPS) that occurs in some women toward the end of their pregnancy. It is recommended that pregnant women receive weekly acupuncture beginning the 37th week to help with reducing labor duration, relaxation and to facilitate a smoother birth process. Acupuncture is also sought as a means to induce labor. Postpartum, acupuncture can help with insufficient lactation, postpartum depression, fatigue, and that out-of-sorts feeling that comes from the emotional rush of birth and the plunge into parenthood.
Our acupuncturist Krista Teibel, A.P. Dipl. O.M. has expertise in women’s health issues, fertility, pregnancy and post-partum care. For more information, or to schedule an appointment , please contact Krista directly at (305) 542-4075.