01. February 2018 · Comments Off on Craniosacral Therapy Can Help You Conceive And Reach Full Term In Your Pregnancy · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags: ,

The consummation of a healthy pregnancy is probably one of the most thrilling moments in the life of a couple. This is the time when you are able to hold your newborn baby for the first time. Unfortunately, for many couples, this milestone does not come easily. For couples for whom the experience of pregnancy and conception has become a long and arduous and even impossible affair, Cranial Sacral Therapy can play a big role in helping them realize their dream.

Fertility issues can have a number of potential causes, and in each instance, there have been couples who have tried Craniosacral Therapy (CST) who were able to complement and improve their fertility process. This can apply to couples who are undergoing a medical fertility program, and for couples who have opted to try other treatment modalities.

How does Craniosacral Therapy Work?

Craniosacral Therapy works by releasing physical tensions and stresses as well as lesions in the fascia (a layer of tissue) that wraps our nervous system and all our organs. These tensions can weaken the function of the nerves – which are the primary pathways where information is passed all over the body. The hormonal system, which is responsible for the maintenance and timing of a pregnancy, can also be affected by these fascial restrictions. Tensions can decrease the function of the womb and internal organs affecting the body’s ability to adapt or heal to the changes that happen during pregnancy as fascia can also enwrap these parts of the body.

Because of inflammation, surgery, or illness, fascia can become stressed. This is the body’s reaction in order to shield itself from further injury.

CST is a gentle and calm procedure; it boosts the ability of your body to function properly, greatly reducing the fascial layer tensions within. It also restores balance to your nervous and hormonal systems allowing them to optimally function and enhances blood circulation resulting in stronger and more efficient organ function, as more oxygen is able to reach them. This increases increase your energy, reducing your stress levels even further and accelerating your body’s ability to repair and heal itself.

CranioSacral Therapy promotes the freedom and mobility of your internal organs to adjust to the needs of the body during pregnancy. Combine all of these benefits together, and the likelihood of you conceiving and reaching full term tremendously rises. Treatment can be in lieu or in conjunction with your chosen fertility program.

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05. January 2017 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Benefits for Four Pregnancy-Related Concerns · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners utilize a very popular needle-based therapy known as acupuncture to help relieve various types of emotional and physical problems that women usually experience during pregnancy.

Acupuncture Benefits for Pregnancy-Related Concerns

Research indicates that acupuncture can help improve the following conditions despite the fact its use during pregnancy has yet to be extensively studied,

1) Morning Sickness

A lot of studies indicate that acupuncture can be a good way to treat vomiting and nausea in early pregnancy. A 2002 clinical trial, for example, involving 594 women (all suffering from nausea and vomiting and were less than 14 weeks pregnant) revealed that those women who were given acupuncture treatments once a week for an entire month experienced less nausea throughout the study. After the second week of the study, the acupuncture treated women also experienced fewer dry retching (compared to the women who were not administered with acupuncture).

2) Pain

According to a 2008 published study review pregnancy related pelvic pain and back pain can be convincingly relieved with acupuncture.

The authors of the review discovered that acupuncture combined with Western conventional medicine led to a much better relief of pain associated with pregnancycompared to the ones who received only conventional treatment (exercise-based therapy, physical therapy, and drugs). The authors called for further research on acupuncture treatment for pain caused by pregnancysince the review only included three clinical trials.

3) Depression

Accordingto a number of studiesIn treating pregnancy related emotional distress and depression, acupuncture has shown great potential. A clinical trial in 2010 had 150 participants (all pregnant women) suffering from major depression. The researchers revealed that the women who were given depression-specific acupuncture treatment for two months experienced a greater decrease in depression symptoms (compared to the participants who were given acupuncture treatment that did not specifically target depression or underwent massage therapy).

In a study, published in 2007, researchers discovered that acupuncture led to the relief of emotional issues during pregnancy (including irritability and anxiety).

4) Insomnia

A 2005 published small-scale showed that insomnia due to pregnancy can be eased with acupuncture. Thirty pregnant women struggling with sleep problems participated in this study. Two months of acupuncture treatment were designated to 17 of these women.

The women treated with acupuncture experienced a significant reduction in insomnia over the course of the study period compared to women not treated with acupuncture.

Should Acupuncture Be Used During Pregnancy?

Even if acupuncture is deemed to be a very safe treatment, it’s still important to talk with your physician particularly if you are seriously considering embarking on acupuncture treatment for pregnancy-related issues.

Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

13. November 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture and TCM for Conditions Associated with Pregnancy · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A wide range of uncomfortable conditions and issues related to pregnancy can be addressed with acupuncture. They include:

Breast milk deficiency – Interestingly Chinese herbs and acupuncture, combined with drinking Guinness beer each day may help improve a pregnant woman’s milk production.

Blocked milk duct and mastitis – Combined with herbal compresses and vigorous self-massage and when given quickly enough, acupuncture can accelerate the recovery time from a mastitis infection. Mastitis can develop rapidly so do not procrastinate in getting treatment as well as proactively address this issue at home.

Inducement of Labor – Pregnant women usually progress into active labor rapidly after a session of acupuncture to induce labor. Occasionally two to three sessions will do the trick within a week after the due date.

Cervical ripening or labor preparation – Around the 37th to 40th week of pregnancy, when given once a week, a session of acupuncture can help boost the woman’s energy as well as improve her blood flow and emotions during that time. When women undergo acupuncture for cervical ripening, labor inducement is not required anymore.

Breech presentation – Moxibustion has been shown to help turn a baby that is in a breech position. This needs to be done for 10 to 14 days around the 34th and 36th week of pregnancy.

Back pain – This is a very common condition that acupuncture can cure very effectively. Acupuncture is probably the best treatment one can get for the alleviation of pain of any type. Moxibusion and cupping can also be performed for women suffering from back pain.

Restless legs – This very frustrating and agonizing condition can be treated with acupuncture. You may also need to add more calcium to your diet.

Stress – The adrenal glands produce and secrete hormones that cause stress and anxiety. These factors can decrease the flow of blood that nourishes the embryo. So, by removing stress through acupuncture, you can help ensure the good health of the baby.

Depression – For some reason, a lot of women suffer from depression during pregnancy. Interestingly, some acupuncturists combine acupuncture therapy with singing lessons under the tutelage of a singing teacher trained in proper breathing techniques to help treat pregnancy-related depression and/or post-partum related depression.

Headaches – A headache is also a type of pain and pregnant women often experience this around the 4th month of their pregnancy. If you do experience headaches around this time, then consider acupuncture treatment for it

Morning sickness or nausea – One to five sessions of acupuncture may be performed based on the severity of the nausea. This will enable you to eat and feel better. Acupuncture treatment for nausea is particularly potent if you also do something to help keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.

Sub-chorionic hematoma (Spotting) – Moxibustion and acupuncture combined can help stop or at least lower bleeding from the uterus.

Prevent miscarriage – To prevent any chances for early pregnancy loss or miscarriage, one to two treatments of acupuncture is recommended. Dong so can help lower the activity of the sympathetic nervous system as well as boost blood flow to the embryo and reduce the stress of the pregnant woman.


Vickery Health & Wellness
18455 Burbank Blvd #306
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 578-6730