TCM has been in practice for over 2,000 years of recorded history. Through acupuncture,
Chinese herbs, and modalities such as gua sha, tui na, cupping, and moxabustion, TCM takes a
natural and supportive approach to bringing the body back into balance.
TCM for Pregnant Women
My approach to working with women through pregnancy differs from my general assessment
and application of TCM for non-pregnant women. During the pregnancy, my first aim is to
support fetal growth and development based on both TCM and western medical perspectives.
I provide routine treatments throughout the childbearing term with both the mother and the
growing fetus in mind, and as labor approaches, the use of acupuncture assists the body in
preparation of the best fetal positioning. Typically, women who have received regular Chinese
Medical care throughout their pregnancies experience shorter labors with fewer complications.
Additionally, I offer couples instruction on acupressure for labor both one-on-one and in group
settings. If requested, I will attend labor and birth as alternative medical support. I encourage
women to continue treatments after giving birth, as TCM offers excellent postnatal support and
addresses many physical and emotional concerns.
TCM is a great way to retain balance throughout pregnancy, and to address pregnancy related
complaints including, but not limited to:
Nausea/Vomiting, Anxiety/Depression, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Insomnia, Swelling/Edema,
Hypertension, Acid Regurgitation/Heartburn, Spotting/Bleeding, Threatened Miscarriage, Poorly
positioned Fetus, Body Pain, UTI, Labor not Commencing or Stalling, Breastfeeding Issues
TCM for Fertility
Two major obstacles towards fertilization are stress and a lack of sleep. Insomnia prevents
nourishment and healing of the kidneys, which is one of the most important organs towards
effective fertility. Stress, from a TCM perspective, may impact the qi of the heart – which can
lead to stagnation and imbalances in the follicular phase. Additionally, stress often disrupts
the flow of liver qi, which influences the menstrual cycle, and can prevent the passage of egg,
sperm or embryo. Regular exercise, massage, meditation, and acupuncture can reduce stress
and support the body in managing it.