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Where there is flow, there is no pain

Video: Pregnancy pain relieved by acupuncture
Pain management for labour
When most people think of labour and birth, they think of pain. The media has portrayed labouring women screaming in agony and fearfully resisting the next contraction. Often this is our only glimpse into what labour must be like. In many other cultures and at different times in history, women had the opportunity to witness the miracle of birth first hand, often being...

Vancouver Fertility Clinic Sponsors Webinar Teaching Acupressure for Pain Relief in Labour

In the past five years, Debra has run acupressure workshops for midwives and acupuncturists in Australia, Canada, Dublin, Holland, Denmark, Norway, the US and the UK. This workshop will focus on methods of teaching acupressure to encourage acupuncturists to run their own workshops for couples and midwives. Those attending will have access to an acupressure teaching PowerPoint that they are welcome to use and adapt.
Moderated by Lorne Brown B.Sc...

Turning breech baby - Video on Moxa for Breech Babies

This video was filmed back in early 2007. To be honest, we were playing around with our new camera at the time and testing-out YouTube. So, although the video quality is not up to standard and it looks amateurish, the information is still relevant and useful.
I suggest not starting moxabustion treatment before 32 weeks for obvious reasons. It is most effective between weeks 32 and 36 and becomes more difficult after 36 weeks. We have turned...

Research Shows Acupuncture May Help Prepare Pregnant Women for Labour

A new study from NICM researchers has found acupuncture may help prepare pregnant women for labour by increasing the readiness of the cervix, although more research is needed to determine if the therapy can decrease the need for medical inductions.
Induction of labour – such as membrane sweeping and the use of prostaglandins – is sometimes needed to ensure the safety of mother and baby. However, these interventions can have side effects and...

Relieving Pregnancy Back Pain

At Acbalance, we count births, not just the first positive pregnancy test. This is why we offer treatments to women in all stages of their pregnancy. The video below discusses research findings on a common complaint we usually see in the third trimester: back pain. I have to say, I like it when midwives refer or a woman self-refers herself for back pain since I feel confident we can help relieve the majority of the discomfort within about 2-4...

New Study Shows Pregnancy Rates Double with Chinese Herbal Medicine

Up to 50 % of infertile couples are turning to alternative therapies such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help boost their chances of conceiving and managing the stress that struggling with infertility creates Health and Wellness
A recent study from the Adelaide University titled "Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the Management of Female Infertility: A Systematic Review" found that that "Chinese herbal therapy...

Post Partum issues: Chinese medicine approach

Giving birth is a wonderful and rewarding experience but it is also physically demanding. It takes up to six weeks for your body to recover. Acupuncture helps to replenish and rebalance your body during this period. If postpartum symptoms persist or develop after the initial recovery period, acupuncture is particularly effective in treating the following conditions:
Insufficient breast milk production
Mastitis or blocked milk...

Point Location PC 6 (Nei Guan) - To Help Relieve Nausea and Vomiting

PC-6 (Nei Guan)
Location: On the anterior forearm, 2 cun superior to the transverse wrist crease, between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis muscles. Commonly used for relieving nausea and vomiting

Parenting in the NOW

VANCOUVER British Columbia-Dr. Rob Helmer is a Toronto-based author and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine bringing his two-day Conscious Parenting Workshops to Victoria March 14 & 15 and Vancouver  21 & 22, 2009.
Inspired by Eckhart Tolle, TCM doctor introduces "conscious parenting" at March workshops in Vancouver and Victoria BC. "The core of my workshop is how to parent in the now." 
Helmer specializes in paediatric medicine and,...

Newer antidepressants linked to serious lung disorder in newborns

OTTAWA - Health Canada is advising women who are taking antidepressants known as Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRI) and who are pregnant or intend to become pregnant to discuss the situation with their doctor due to potential risks to the baby. Health Canada stresses that patients should not stop taking SSRI medication without first consulting their doctors, as they could experience serious side effects.
Generally, SSRI treatment...