Acupuncture in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is very successful in helping parents achieve healthy conception, decrease miscarriage, reduce nausea, fatigue, and anxiety during pregnancy, turn breech babies, prepare for and encourage labor, and aid postpartum recovery. TCM, which includes acupuncture therapy, does not seek to replace conventional western medical care and should not be used as a reason to postpone seeing a western health care provider about a medical problem.
Indeed, at Natural Maternity & Pediatrics, we believe the future of medicine lies within integrative health care, and I am more than happy to work with your other existing practitioners to give you the best care possible. When you know more about your options, you will make better decisions for your health.
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles by a licensed acupuncturist into the body at specific acupoints. As we insert needles along the pathways that intersect at these points, they send a signal back to certain organs, stimulating a rebalancing effect of sorts. When the organ gets back into balance, the symptoms you once had virtually disappear. These acupuncture points have been proven effective throughout time for specific problems or diseases. In acupuncture therapy, there are no side effects, minus a rare bruise which would be mild and disappear within a day or two.
Acupuncture is merely one of tools used in TCM to allow the body to heal itself. Our nationally board certified and state licensed acupuncturist will meet with you to discuss your health concerns, and once we have formulated a plan of action together based on Traditional Chinese medical patterns, we will begin our treatment sessions. Each session typically consists of a follow-up intake and the treatment itself can include acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, heat therapy, gua sha, or tuina/acupressure, and usually is some combination based on your individual needs.