Natural Conception & Pregnancy
Many women use Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture during pregnancy and the post natal period.
Chinese Medicine has a rich history, this is evidenced by numerous historical books on women's health. Many people will also be aware of the 'golden month' or zuo yue zi better known as sitting the month. During the month after childbirth this time is used to replenish your lost energy and give you time to recover. The idea is to eat warming foods, rest and keep your fluids up to assist with recovery.
Acupuncture around IVF treatments has also gained popularity., At Remedy we understand that trying to conceive can put a lot of pressure on your emotional health. Although it must be noted that acupuncture has not been shown to increase the likelihood of pregnancy it can be used to assist with stress management. A study has shown Acupuncture to be both cost effective and safe for depression. The study found acupuncture plus SSRIs superior to SSRIs alone, with an early onset of action and was safe and well-tolerated (1). With this in mind we can assist you in decreasing the stress associated with fertility treatments.
Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment and you should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.
When you arrive for a consultation you will be asked many questions about your menstrual cycle and lifestyle habits. The information received from these questions will form our Chinese Medicine diagnosis. For example we will ask you:
* Recent systematic reviews on the effectiveness of acupuncture to support, ART concluded that the evidence was weak. It showed no increase in the live birth rate. It is advised that you consult your IVF specialist for advice about whether Acupuncture may be able to help you.
1. Bosch P, van den Noort M, Staudte H, Lim S. Schizophrenia and Depression: A systematic Review of the Effectiveness and the Working Mechanisms Behind Acupuncture. Explore (NY). 2015 Jul-Aug;11(4):281-91.
2. Verkauf BS. Incidence, symptoms, and signs of endometriosis in fertile and infertile women. The Journal of the Florida Medical Association. 1987;74(9):671–675. Epub 1987/09/01.