Fertility, Pregnancy, & Women’s Health

With the first menstruation, the female body begins to mirror the natural rhythms of the moon.  Just as the tides follow the waxing and waning of moon, so too do the menstrual cycles follow the moon-influenced tides of the ocean.  Each month a ripened egg either results in pregnancy or the shedding of menstrual blood as a woman cycles through the stages of menarche, pregnancy, and menopause.  It is important to pay special attention to healthy living during these stages, in addition to the time when you are trying to conceive.  Eating foods close to nature (more plant-based foods, less industrially-processed foods, less refined sugars) and making other positive lifestyle adjustments is crucial to the balance of female hormones, general well-being, and improved health down the road. Waves of Wellness Acupuncture supports each woman at her own stage in life by creating a treatment plan that addresses nutrition and other lifestyle factors, as well as acupuncture and herbal formulas.

 

Fertility Challenges

In 2004, Kristie was an intern in San Francisco practicing abdominal massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments under renowned fertility acupuncturist, Dr. Angela Wu.  Women were improving their endometrial linings, regulating their cycles, and achieving pregnancies.  It was Kristie’s first step into the world of acupuncture as well as the world of fertility challenges that millions of women in the U.S. face.

Acupuncture and TCM look at the woman’s health, and ideally that of the male partner to determine where imbalances lie.  When treating these underlying imbalances, a more fertile field is cultivated from which to grow a baby.  Multiple studies show that acupuncture improves a woman’s chance of conception.  In one study, acupuncture increased the pregnancy rate of women undergoing IVF to 42.5% as compared to the control group of no acupuncture to only 26.3%.¹

Causes for infertility include PCO/PCOS, endometriosis, poor egg quality, low ovarian reserve, inflammation related to autoimmune disorders, male factor infertility, and even the cause of “unexplained infertility.”  Fertility acupuncture treatments may be given as stand alone treatments or may be used as an adjunctive therapy to Western hormonal treatments or Assisted Reproductive Technologies such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and artificial insemination (IUI.)

If you are trying to get pregnant and have been diagnosed with PCOS and endometriosis, are undergoing Western fertility treatments, or have been trying to conceive for at least 6 months, we invite you to call and schedule a free consultation.

Waves of Wellness Acupuncture celebrates all families.  Single moms by choice, surrogates, and people of the LGBTQ community are very welcome.

Pregnancy & Postpartum Care

The experience of pregnancy is a cherished one.  Some women experience minimal pregnancy symptoms, and others feel them more intensely.  Acupuncture and TCM gently and effectively manage pregnancy-related symptoms, and guide the patient towards a more balanced state of body, mind, and spirit.

Acupuncture can be used in pregnancy for each trimester:

1st trimester: Alleviate or manage morning sickness; reduce sciatica, low back and pelvic pain; improve energy levels; prevent miscarriage; promote relaxation and emotional balancing.

2nd trimester: Ease carpal tunnel, help with hemorrhoids, reduce occurrence of heartburn, minimize sleep problems.

3rd trimester: Lessen edema, help with proper positioning of baby, labor preparation treatments.

After the baby is delivered, acupuncture and herbs can help the new mom to recover.  A traditional postpartum treatment is called mother roasting.  Warming the body with “moxa” or mugwort helps the uterus to shrink and promotes lactation.  Acupuncture and TCM are also used to minimize night sweats, manage postpartum blues or depression, and promote relaxation.

 

Women’s Health

TCM recognizes that menstrual cycles should be smooth with minimal symptoms.  When women experience pain and discomfort before or during their periods, TCM offers safe and gentle tools to regulate cycles, ease PMS, stop painful periods, and soothe digestive discomforts.

Menopause may be another difficult time for women.  TCM views menopause as a time of transition, and provides hormone balancing treatments to manage symptoms such as hot flashes, memory problems, weight gain, insomnia, vaginal dryness, mood swings, and decreased energy.  Herbal formulas offer an alternative to hormone replacement and can nourish the body on a deeper level.

 

 

¹Fertility and Sterility Vol. 77, No. 4, April 2002, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

https://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(01)03273-3/pdf

 

FREE 30 minute consultations are available to discuss any questions you may have about acupuncture and your health needs in a calm, relaxed environment.  No obligation consultations are always complementary.

Serving Hilo, Puna, and East Hawai‘i.