Pregnancy and birth are powerful life changing experiences. Acupuncture can support women through this important and beautiful transition by offering physical and emotional support. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine works to support optimal health for the mother and baby before, during, and after pregnancy. Post-partum Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help with the recovery process after birth and support milk production. Acupuncture is employed to promote health and alleviate sickness through the stimulation of specific anatomical acupuncture points which help to reduce pain and restore the body’s homeostasis. By maintaining homeostasis, the body is able to function in its optimal healthy state.
How can acupuncture help postpartum mamas?
Promote relaxation and stress reduction.
Being a new parent can cause a wired but tired state. Your nervous system is on high alert for the new baby. The lack of sleep and loss of sleep rhythm exacerbates the anxious, alert, and wired feeling. Acupuncture helps to calm the nervous system and allow for a sense of calm in the body and mind. This sense of calm can support a women with the many demands of newfound parenthood.
Help heal and rejuvenate from the physical birthing process.
Giving birth is a beautifully intense experience. Women use a large amount of qi and blood to create and birth a baby. In China, it was customary for women to take 30 days to rest and recover the qi and blood used during this time. This is far from customary in our culture. By using acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxa, (a warming therapy used on acupuncture points) and food therapy a women can be supported and nurtured back to balance after the journey of pregnancy and birth.
Help the body come back into balance.
Each women has a unique Chinese medicine pattern. I am trained to look at the underlying patterns and root cause of symptoms that are manifesting, such as postpartum anxiety and depression. By creating a diagnosis unique to each client I am able to use Acupuncture points to lessen the symptoms to allow the body to heal from birth and prepare for the new journey of parenthood.
Create a space and time for mom to heal.
Being a mother is a powerful experience. The Love for a child is fierce and consuming. Aside from the physical and mental support, acupuncture creates a time and space for you to employ self-care. You are alone in a room healing for 30 minutes. Talking care of yourself and restoring homeostasis in your body are essential for your well-being.
Pregnancy, labor and post-partum are all very special times and I am honored to be able to support women and their families through this amazing process!!
Follow this link to an interesting study about the effectiveness of acupuncture and postpartum depression: