Pregnancy and Women's Health

Acupuncture for Depression during Pregnancy

Acupuncture can help for depression during pregnancy

Women can experience an imbalance of many emotions during pregnancy including irritability, anxiety and depression. Research has demonstrated that  acupuncture can help for post-natal depression so it is only natural to conclude that acupuncture for depression during pregnancy may also help. There ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Cervical Ripening

Acupuncture for cervical ripening

Cervical ripening is when the cervix prepares for the birth of the child. The cervix softens and stretches which is necessary for labour. Research has shown that acupuncture for cervical ripening lessens the need for medical induction and hastens the delivery time. The acupuncture points used in the ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for varicose veins during pregnancy

Acupuncture for varicose veins during pregnancy can help

  Chinese herbs and acupuncture for varicose veins have been used for centuries and now more western women are seeking help with varicose veins during pregnancy. Western medicine has no treatment to offer apart from basic self-care measures which include management of weight, drinking water, ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Heartburn during Pregnancy

Acupuncture can help for heart burn during pregnancy

Acupuncture can be very effective for heartburn in pregnancy. Heartburn is a particular problem in the 3rd trimester and can be so severe that women cannot sleep without being propped up by pillows.  From a western medial perspective, the increased progesterone and oestrogen hormones relax the ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel during Pregnancy

Acupuncture for carpal tunnel during pregnancy

Research has demonstrated that acupuncture for carpal tunnel is an effective treatment and acupuncture has no adverse complications such as median nerve scarring as a result of surgery. Carpal tunnel during pregnancy is common and is mostly seen in the last half of pregnancy. Western medicine has ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Leg Cramps during Pregnancy

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Leg cramps will most likely be seen in the calf muscles and are common in the third trimester of pregnancy. Acupuncture for leg cramps is a safe and effective treatment and other acupuncture points are often used at the same time to treat other co-existing pregnancy related symptoms such as carpal ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Bleeding between Periods

Bleeding between periods commonly occurs at ovulation, which in Chinese medical terms is called the "heat" cycle

Bleeding between periods which is sometimes called spotting should be reviewed by a doctor in case it is due to uterine fibroids or polyps of the cervix or uterus. Hormone levels may need to be checked or the cervix checked to see if there is an infection.  Sometime contraceptive medication or blood ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Painful Periods

Moxibustion works better than a hot water bottle for period pain

Painful periods is very common and in fact many women think that it is normal to have period pain. Acupuncture for painful periods has been used for centuries and in Chinese medical terms is certainly not regarded as being normal. The pain can be before, during or after the period. The location of ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture for Insomnia during Pregnancy

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Women who may have suffered from insomnia prior to becoming pregnant can sometimes experience that the problem becomes worse during pregnancy and other women may experience sleeping disturbances for the first time. Stress can be a common causative factor leading to sleeping problems and research has ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese herbs and Acupuncture for Late Periods

Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help treat late periods

Late periods are by the medical definition late when they are longer than 30 days between cycles and in some instances can be 40-50 days late. If there is just one late cycle, it is not regarded as a problem but if the cycles are late for more than 3 cycles, then treatment should be ... Continue Reading >>