We are delighted to welcome Tanya Smith, acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner to answer some of your FAQ. Tanya is wonderful and works along side us at West End Mamas, seeing clients through all stages of parenthood. Thank you Tanya!
Many people know that acupuncture is useful for back pain or headaches. But for reproductive health? Read on to find out more!
Wherever you are on your parenthood journey, acupuncture can offer valuable support every step of the way.
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a complete system of health care used to treat all human ailments. Acupuncture works best when it is used with other parts of Chinese medicine including dietary therapy, physical movement strategies, stress management and sometimes herbal medicine.
On your parenthood journey, acupuncture is useful for:
Menstrual health including painful periods, heavy periods, irregular periods, absent periods, and midcycle bleeding. Other conditions including PMS, endometriosis, PCOS and fibroids.
Male reproductive health including low sperm count, low testosterone, varicocele and erectile dysfunction.
Preconception planning involves both parents improving their general health and avoiding destructive lifestyle habits in the months leading up to conception. This sets the stage for optimal fertility and a healthy pregnancy that avoids many of the complications that can lead to medical interventions. It also benefits the health of your child and even your grandchildren!
If you are planning an IVF cycle, preparing ahead will help you make the most of the opportunity to use IVF.
In the preconception time, acupuncture can successfully treat conditions that make conception more difficult such as painful intercourse, low libido or erectile dysfunction.
Acupuncture is effective and safe through your entire pregnancy for a variety of “common discomforts” of pregnancy. Some of these may include:
High blood pressure
Swelling and edema
You are not on your own once your baby is born! Acupuncture and TCM can be used to help restore your health and vitality postpartum. It’s useful for milk supply, mastitis, back, neck and hip pain, haemorrhoids and general recovery.
Acupuncture can be useful in all parts of becoming a parent. But folks are sometimes still hesitant to give it a try. So let’s get a few of the common concerns out of the way.
Just in case you were worried, acupuncture shouldn’t hurt.
In fact, when we are using it to affect the hormonal system, it needs to be gentle in order to be most effective.
Where are you going to put the needles?
The most useful points on the body are below the elbows and below the knees and often we only use a few points in a treatment.
Do I have to believe in it for it to work?
No, acupuncture will work whether you are a true believer or a skeptic or somewhere in between! Acupuncture may be new to you, but it’s an old medicine with a long history of safety and effectiveness.
Curious to see if it will work for you? Get in touch with me for a free 15 minute phone consultation to have your questions answered.
Tanya Smith is an acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner. She is the only member of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine in Eastern Canada with specialized training in supporting clients through their fertility treatment in partnership with a fertility clinic.
As a trained doula and the Ontario board representative for the Canadian Association of Obstetrical Oriental Medicine, Tanya has supported hundreds of clients on their parenthood journey. Whether you’re dealing with problematic periods, navigating fertility challenges, experiencing pregnancy discomforts, or are riding the rollercoaster of new parenthood, Tanya can help!