Post-partum Care

Acupuncture can help women after they give birth

In China, special care is taken of women after they give birth to avoid any illnesses. In America, too often women have to return to work soon after giving birth, which can cause fatigue, anxiety, or other health concerns. Acupuncture helps to rebuild the constitution after giving birth, which means building the body’s energy, restoring the blood and healthy fluids, and bringing the body back into balance. Even with the best of intentions, illness may arise. Acupuncture can help – it is a low risk, safe, and effective way to restore health without having to take medications unless they’re absolutely necessary. Chinese medicine has been helping women post-partum for over 2,000 years. See what acupuncture can help you with today so you can enjoy your new baby without worrying about your health.

What does acupuncture treat during pregnancy?

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Acupuncture treats post-partum depression

Post-partum depression is not uncommon. Giving birth is exhausting. Hormones are flooding the body. In acupuncture theory, post-partum depression is easily explained. In fact, the oldest books on Chinese medicine describe post-partum depression and how to treat it. We build up the constitution by replacing fluids and blood lost during childbirth. We invigorate the flow of the body’s energy and the circulation of blood. We calm the mind. This treatment strategy helps with depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, obsessive thoughts, and phobias so you can enjoy life with your newborn baby.

Acupuncture treats anxiety after childbirth

Becoming a parent is a new and exciting time. Life changes, and those changes can provoke anxiety. Acupuncture can help restore balance and calm, so the world can change and you can stay steady. Acupuncture treats anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and irritability.

Acupuncture treats post-partum fatigue

Acupuncture and herbs can help a woman recover after labor and delivery. Acupuncture can be used to improve fatigue by building energy, fortifying the blood and balancing the constitution. Acupuncture can also help with shortness of breath, sweating and cough related to fatigue after childbirth.

Acupuncture can treat sweating after pregnancy

Sweating after pregnancy can either accompany fatigue, in which case you usually have daytime sweating, or occur at night, as night sweats with or without insomnia and vivid dreaming. Either way, acupuncture can treat sweating after pregnancy by improving the body’s energy, blood and fluids. Treatments are nourishing and soothing. In severe cases, herbs may be used to stop sweating.

Acupuncture can increase breast milk production for insufficient lactation

Acupuncture and herbs can be used to increase breast milk production, improve flow of breast milk and treat mastitis. Acupuncture nourishes the blood and improves the energy to increase breast milk production. Acupuncture unblocks the milk ducts to allow better milk flow. Clogged milk ducts and mastitis can be safely treated with acupuncture and herbs, reducing redness, discomfort and swelling.

Acupuncture treats urinary difficulty after childbirth

Acupuncture can be used to treat both blocked urination and urinary dribbling after childbirth. By strengthening the body’s energy overall and in the organ systems responsible for urination, symptoms such as a feeling that the urine is stuck and won’t come out or even that the urine dribbles out at the end of urination (weak flow) can be treated.

Acupuncture treats hemorrhoids after pregnancy

In acupuncture theory, hemorrhoids can be caused by a weakness in the body’s energy, which is common after pregnancy or labor and delivery. Acupuncture treats this deficiency, by building the energy back up, harmonizing the blood to stop any bleeding that may occur from the hemorrhoid, stop pain, and facilitate bowel movements. Chinese herbs can also be used topically or internally to treat hemorrhoids, supporting the acupuncture treatment. We will also talk about dietary changes that may help improve hemorrhoid symptoms.

Acupuncture treats vaginal discharge after pregnancy

Lochia is the normal vaginal discharge that follows pregnancy as the uterus sheds remaining cells. It is typically pink, red or brown. Occasionally, it is white. Acupuncture can treat retention of lochia, which causes vaginal discharge to occur for several weeks, sometimes as many as 6 weeks. Acupuncture facilitates the shedding by stimulating and tonifying the uterus and its normal muscle function. Herbs can be used to speed the process in some cases. While lochia is normal, an extended shedding is unpleasant and not-beneficial. Acupuncture can help clean out the uterus so it can return to its pre-pregnancy state.

Acupuncture treats Bell’s Palsy after childbirth

Acupuncture treats Bell’s Palsy, which can occur at any time in a person’s life. Unfortunately, women are particularly susceptible after childbirth when they’re already fatigued and taxed by labor delivery. This usually temporary cause of facial paralysis responds very well to acupuncture treatments, especially when treatment is started soon after the onset of symptoms (within a few days). This is when prognosis is best. Paralysis symptoms may disappear spontaneously, but can be permanent. Don’t delay making an appointment if you’re experiencing Bell’s Palsy symptoms.
 

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