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Your Healthiest Pregnancy

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has always stressed that a woman needs to take special care of herself during pregnancy and in the weeks following childbirth, as it is an incredibly demanding time for your body. Acupuncture, TCM and naturopathic medicine provides a safe and natural way to alleviate some of the unwanted side effects of pregnancy, as well as prepare your body for labour, ease pain during labour, and promote recovery after delivering your baby.

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Our highly skilled practitioners work closely with many obstetricians, doctors and midwives in Vancouver to help women throughout all stages of their pregnancy naturally.

 

Do these symptoms sound familiar?

  • Morning sickness
  • Persistent feeling of queasiness
  • Lower back pain and sciatica
  • Rib, hip or pelvic girdle pain
  • Painful varicose veins
  • Headaches or migraines
  • History of previous miscarriages
  • Placenta previa
  • Breech presentation

 

We know how you feel, and we know we can help.

That’s because we’ve helped thousands just like you since opening our clinic in 2000.

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We have developed natural treatment protocols to address a wide range of painful symptoms and conditions related to pregnancy and conditions related to pregnancy and birth, including:

 

Pregnant woman getting massaged at AcubalanceMORNING SICKNESS

Research indicates that up to 80% of pregnant women experience morning sickness during pregnancy. Morning sickness is a sign you’re producing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is made as the embryo develops. Whether you’re experiencing feelings of queasiness with a loss of appetite, intense vomiting to the point of dehydration, or fall somewhere in between, weekly acupuncture treatments have been shown to help alleviate nausea and vomiting. Read more

 

BACKACHE, SCIATICA AND/OR PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN

As your belly continues to grow and your pregnancy hormones relax your muscles, your back may begin to ache. Pain in your hips and around the pubic bone is also common, and may cause you considerable discomfort as well as difficulty walking, climbing stairs, and even getting out of bed. Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture is effective in reducing backache, and to be more effective than physiotherapy in relieving pain and improving mobility for women experiencing pelvic girdle pain. Read more

 

THREATENED MISCARRIAGE

Women who have suffered a miscarriage experience anxiety and depression, and may be especially worried about the prospect of trying to get pregnant again. Miscarriages are more common than we think and may occur up to 50% of the time during the first trimester. The vast majority of women who have experienced a miscarriage go on to have a healthy pregnancy. Even women who have suffered multiple pregnancy losses have an excellent chance of carrying a baby to term. Read more

 

PLACENTA PREVIA

At Acubalance, we have successfully treated patients with all types of previa using a multidisciplinary approach that includes acupuncture, naturopathy and Chinese medicine. The treatments we use are safe, natural and effective for this condition.

 

CERVICAL RIPENING

A ripe (soft) cervix facilitates a better birth, reduces your need for pain medication, and lowers your risk of needing a caesarean section. We encourage pregnant women to begin cervical ripening acupuncture treatments at 36 weeks and continue weekly until the birth. Acubalance’s natural treatment protocol focuses primarily on ripening (softening) the cervix and preparing your body for the labour process, but also encompasses other aspects of preparing you for the birth of your child. Read more

 

BREECH PRESENTATION

We use acupuncture and moxibustion to address breech presentation, as both have been shown to be effective treatments that gently encourage the baby to turn into the correct, head down position. These treatments are comfortable, completely safe and highly effective ways to help turn a breech baby without increasing the chance of ruptured membranes. Read more

 

LABOUR INDUCTION

Acupuncture and other non-invasive natural approaches are used to gently encourage labour and stimulate contractions. Read more

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How It Works

We address the root cause

Instead of the mainstream medical approach that focuses on treating symptoms, we treat the whole person to help restore you to your ideal state of health. We dig deep and give you a complete health audit, looking for the underlying causes that are currently preventing you from experiencing vitality and optimal health.

We use an all natural approach that your doctor may not be familiar with

Our individual sessions include one or more treatments from the best combination of modern and traditional medicine: functional medicine, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, naturopathy, low level laser therapy (LLLT)/photobiomodulation, IV nutritional drips, diet therapy, lifestyle counseling, and mind-body stress reduction tools. You deserve to be pain free.

We help you awaken your body's own healing abilities

Your body is innately capable of healing, and it is absolutely possible for you to take control and resolve your symptoms naturally. We help bring your body back into balance so it can regain its innate self-regulating functions and truly heal itself.

We keep it simple and results are quick

Resolving your symptoms doesn’t have to be difficult or take a long time. Simple lifestyle and diet changes, along with our targeted natural therapies, offer a straightforward and speedy plan of attack.

We focus on how you FEEL -- not just the lab results or numbers

We will provide you with ongoing support every step of the way. Your practitioner will monitor your progress to ensure you are starting to feel better, and where appropriate will adjust your treatment as you improve. We will be there to discuss any worries or concerns you may have, and provide you with ongoing lifestyle and diet coaching to help you manage stress and stay on track. Within a few weeks, you should notice significant changes in your symptoms and overall sense of well-being.

Our approach ALWAYS includes stress reduction

Stress is often one of the causes that may be exacerbating your symptoms. As part of our treatment protocol, we teach you very simple ways to enhance sleep and relaxation that will support your body’s natural healing system.

 

 

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We invite you for a free 15-minute phone consultation to find out more

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Or, just call 604-678-8600 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture is not meant to be painful. You may feel a slight prick upon insertion of the needle or feel a dull ache, tingling, warmth, or sensation of heaviness with needle placement, but no part of the treatment is ever meant to be painful or uncomfortable in any way. Once the needles are in, you should be able to rest comfortably for the duration of the treatment. Please let your practitioner know if anything feels uncomfortable at any point during your treatment.

We can use laser acupuncture instead of needles to avoid any discomfort or fear of needles.

Are there any risks or side effects?

Acupuncture is an incredibly safe treatment modality with minimal risk of adverse side effects. Although occasional and minimal, some side effects are possible and normally disappear shortly after treatment (such as slight bleeding or small bruises). Each needle is sterile and disposable, eliminating the risk for infection.

How often will I need treatment? When will I start to notice results?

Frequency may be determined by the severity of the condition (whether chronic or acute) and a variety of other factors that will be determined during your initial consultation. Typical treatment frequency is once or twice a week with regular reassessment of symptoms and appropriate modification of treatment frequency and protocol. Most people feel calm and relaxed after acupuncture treatments, and improvement of conditions will vary depending on severity and duration.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture consists of inserting hair-thin, stainless steel needles in different parts of the body to elicit various biological and physiological responses through activation of sensory receptors. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system (the healing state of the autonomic nervous system, as opposed to fight or flight), increases blood flow to injured areas, decreases inflammation, boosts the immune system, and sends the message to the brain via the central nervous system to release pain-relieving neurotransmitters such as endorphins and serotonin.

What if I’m afraid of needles?

We have a solution. We offer a "no needle" approach using laser acupuncture (low level laser therapy) for those who are needle-phobic.

How does acupuncture help my fertility?

Your individualized acupuncture treatments are designed to regulate hormones, decrease stress and increase blood circulation. Acupuncture has also been proven to decrease chances of biochemical pregnancy or miscarriage, reduce uterine contractility, improve follicular microenvironment, improve uterine receptivity via immune modulation, and decrease side effects of prescription medication related to assisted reproductive technology procedures (IVF, FET, IUI).

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An Unparalleled Track Record of Excellence

5 stars

Our mission is simple: Exceptional Caring. Exceptional Results.

Success Stories

FERTILITY, THREATENED MISCARRIAGE & BREECH BABY - A SUCCESS

FERTILITY, THREATENED MISCARRIAGE & BREECH BABY - A SUCCESS

Over a year ago I experienced a devastating miscarriage at almost 19 weeks. After months of testing to see if there was a reason behind the loss I was told nothing was wrong, these things happen and I was finally cleared to try to get pregnant again…Read more »

AT 34 WEEKS PREGNANT, MY BABY WAS IN THE BREECH POSITION

AT 34 WEEKS PREGNANT, MY BABY WAS IN THE BREECH POSITION

I came to Acubalance in desperation, unsure of what acupuncture and moxibustion was all about; I was willing to try anything to get the baby to turn. I was planning a home birth and if the baby didn't turn in time, I would be scheduled for a C-section. I felt overwhelmed and full of anxiety. Raeghan was warm, caring and professional… Read more »

 

46 YEARS OLD AND A HEALTHY VBAC THANKS TO DR. EMILIE AND THE ACUBALANCE TEAM

46 YEARS OLD AND A HEALTHY VBAC THANKS TO DR. EMILIE AND THE ACUBALANCE TEAM

I want to thank Dr. Emilie so much for helping me through a very anxious time of my life. I do believe that processing and preparing myself for the birth helped open the space needed to bring in this second child in the natural way it was meant to be. It is all interconnected. I felt supported and I trusted that my body could do what it was designed to do. Read more »

* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied and your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer).

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Finding Acubalance in Vancouver

208-888 W 8th Ave #208 Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y1, Canada

Phone: 604.678.8600

Email: clinic@acubalance.ca