Do’s and Don’ts During Pregnancy – Part I

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Do's and Don'ts During Pregnancy – Part I
You can eat this but not that. You can do this but don’t do that. Pregnant women ate bombarded with do’s and don’ts. It’s really hard to keep it all straight.

Pregnancy do’s

  • Visit your gynaecologist routinely. Prenatal care will help keep you as well as your baby healthy. Your doctor may also be able to detect problems if anything occurs.
  • Taking folic acid throughout your pregnancy is very important. You should continue taking it. Women who are capable of conceiving need to get 400-800 micrograms of folic acid each and every day. Taking enough of folic acid actually lowers the risk of birth defects. Moreover, if you take a vitamin with folic acid, you can be sure that you’re getting enough. 
  • Eat a lot of healthy and nutritious foods. Include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats, calcium-rich foods and various cooked seafood in your diet. Also take iron everyday. Getting enough iron will prevent anaemia. Tell your doctor to prescribe you a prenatal vitamin or iron supplement, which you should take daily. Drink a lot of fluids, especially water. 
  • Keep moving. Don’t sit and idle and sleep most of the time because you’re pregnant. Unless your gynaecologist advices you otherwise, physical activity is undoubtedly good for you as well as your baby. 
  • Visit a professional acupuncturist during your first trimester and ask for an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can really help with nausea, morning sickness, threatened miscarriage, tiredness and lack of energy. Make sure to continue it throughout your pregnancy period. It has proved to be the best treatment of pregnancy care in Northern Beaches. 
  • Gaining weight during pregnancy is good but if it is more than the recommended amount, chances of pregnancy complications may increase.Ask your doctor how much weight you must gain during pregnancy. 
  • Sleep for at least 7 to 9 hours every night. Rest on your left side as that will help blood flow to you as well as your baby & prevent swelling. Use pillows between your legs & under your belly to get comfortable. 
  • Health problems should be treated and kept very much under control. If you have diabetes, control it. If you have high blood pressure, closely monitor it. 
  • Make sure to wear a seatbelt. The lap strap needs to go under your belly and across your hip. The shoulder strap must go between your breasts & to your belly’s side. Ensure it fits you snugly. 
  • Ask your doctor before you stop to take any medicine that you have or take any new medicine. No matter whether it’s over-the-counter, prescription or herbal medicine – all can harm your baby. So, your doctor’s advice in this case is a must.

Our next blog will have a list of pregnancy don’ts. So, stay tuned to our blog space to know about the don’ts during pregnancy!

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Acupuncture And Periods

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A woman may face a lot of health complications in her lifetime. One such health issue, which is often faced by most of the women is period pain. If you are one among them, you would love to know that acupuncture works wonders if you are facing any kind of period issue.

Common Questions That You May Have

Will I be in an advantageous situation if I use acupuncture to regulate my periods?

Yes. This is because an irregular cycle basically symbolises internal disharmony. If the imbalance is in the early phase, there can be no other health issue apparent. But if the disharmony is untreated, you can develop other symptoms which may not be related to menstrual irregularity.

Nowadays women tend to view menstruation as something, which is to be ignored or avoided. But practitioners of Chinese Medicine in Northern Beaches tells us that menstrual cycles are a regulating method and a significant indicator of health. By increasing the awareness of innate rhythms & working with cyclical energies, it is not only the connection between mind and body that is strengthened but an improvement of the overall heath & wellbeing is also noticed.

Is acupuncture helpful in relieving period pain?

Certainly yes. Acupuncture can not only alleviate the pain but even correct the disharmony, which caused the pain in first place. Contrary to this belief, pain isn’t a normal symptom of menstruation but a symptom, which indicates imbalance in the body. When this imbalance is treated, the pain disappears.

If it is because of endometriosis that period pain is caused will acupuncture be useful still then?

Yes. According to Robert Bradford , acupuncture is a great way to help women with endometriosis. The treatment stimulates release of the endorphins and promotes & increases blood circulation to pelvic region helping to break down & dissolve the congealed blood clots as well as the masses. Warming effect of the treatment on uterus helps in restoring the natural function of the organ and enhances fertility.

The treatment of acupuncture restores the energy of the body to a much healthier level. They even strengthen the endocrine and immune systems that play a significant role to eliminate stray endometrial cells & prevent recurrence of the endometriosis.

Though it is true that pain may be reduced a lot more quickly this way, treating the main cause of endometriosis & removing pain completely is going to take some monthly cycles. Initially, weekly treatments are recommended followed by fortnightly (every two weeks) treatments until you start experiencing normal period.

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Exercises That Every Pregnant Woman Should Do

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Nowadays, most doctors encourage expectant mothers to maintain as well as improve fitness levels during pregnancy, and exercise is one of the best ways to do that. By exercising on a regular basis, a pregnant woman can reap multiple benefits such as better sleep, increased energy and mood levels, enhanced muscle strength and stamina, and improved heart health. It can also help to alleviate common discomforts and complaints like fatigue, constipation and back pain. Many health conservationists in Northern Beaches dealing with pregnancy care claim that regular exercise combined with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is highly effective in ensuring easy labour by increasing endurance.

Let’s have a look at some common exercises that are ideal during pregnancy:

 

Brisk Walking

Brisk Walking

This form of exercise can help to get a good cardiovascular workout anytime and anywhere, without exerting too much pressure on the ankles and knees. However, it is important to watch out rocks, potholes and other obstructions. The best way to do brisk walking during pregnancy is by wearing supportive footwear and strolling on smooth and even surfaces.

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Stationary cycling is perfect for those expectant mothers who are just beginning with an exercise agenda. It helps in increasing heart rate without putting excessive stress on joints. As the belly grows, one can even raise the handles to ensure greater comfort.

 

 

Yoga

Yoga

Prenatal yoga can help an expectant mother to maintain flexibility and keep her joints limber. Besides that, it would also allow her to relax, strengthen the muscle system and stimulate blood circulation, all of which are vital for management of blood pressure. Techniques learnt in a prenatal yoga class can even be used for staying calm during labour. But one should be careful enough so as not to overstretch.

 

 

Swimming

Swimming during Pregnancy

Swimming is one of the best exercises to do during pregnancy, as it involves no risk of falling over the abdomen and causing injury to the baby. Besides swimming, one can also walk, dance or do aerobics in the water even during the 9th month. Like brisk walking, water aerobics can help in getting a good cardio workout as well.

 

So prenatal exercise combined with TCM especially acupuncture can work wonders in ensuring a smooth labour. To know more about this read online articles like how acupuncture can be beneficial during pregnancy.

Many expectant mothers in Northern Beaches have also used it for getting relief from complications such as bleeding and even miscarriage. Read online articles. 

Common Health Issues Affecting Women Part-1

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If the most common health issues existing in the world today are considered, it would be seen that a majority of them affect women. The female community all over the world suffer from various problems such as clinical depression, malnutrition, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, body image issues, etc. more than men. Although it is true that women live relatively longer than men, they tend to have a poorer health for a major portion of their lives.

Given below is a list of the common problems primarily affecting women all over the world. Have a look:

 Body Image Issues

Body Image IssuesEven in the 21st century, women are trapped in a sick circle of beauty standards set by the society. People generally expect women to look youthful, vibrant, slim and smiley. These expectations can have an emotional detrimental impact on those women who are obese or “not pretty” according to society. It can make them underestimate themselves and give in to feelings of worthlessness. The control that society exercise over them through unnecessary expectations causes a tangible decline in their physical health. There are various ways to get rid of body image issues, the most effective ones being counselling, natural therapy, exercise and “self-confidence”.

  Ovarian Cancer

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Over 200,000 women get diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, and it is responsible for more than 3% of all reported cases of cancer among women. Studies have found that Caucasian females have higher chances of getting affected by ovarian cancer than those of any other race. The symptoms of this disease generally include frequent urination, abdominal or pelvic pain and bloating. However, if ovarian cancer is detected in its early stages, a woman has high chances of getting cured and leading a normal, healthy life.

Pregnancy Complications

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From premature birth to miscarriage, women suffer from a wide range of pregnancy complications. Although it is not very common, the complications can sometimes even lead to death. Maternal deaths are caused due to various factors like cardiovascular disease and obesity. However, people are now adopting different alternative therapies for ensuring safe pregnancies and resolving complications. For example, many women are resorting to TCM clinics in Northern Beaches that offer natural treatment for women’s health.

Besides the above mentioned issues, there are many other problems cardinally affecting women every year. Some of them are have physical impact, others leave behind a deep emotional effect.

To know about more such problems, stay connected to our blog.

Complementary Therapies Against Infertility

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Several studies have shown that one out of every 6 couples suffer from conception problems. Many individuals spend hundreds of dollars on conventional fertility drugs in order to boost their chances of conception. However, most of them are entirely incognizant of alternative therapies that have proved to be highly effective against infertility.

According to extensive research conducted by modern day scientists, various complementary therapies like acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnotherapy and nutrition can help in coping with demands of modern lifestyle and also stimulate reproductive organs simultaneously. They can assist in encouraging conception by restoring imbalances caused in the body due to undue stress.

Let’s have a look at two of the most effective complementary fertility therapies in detail:

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a centuries-old modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine which involves insertion of fine, sterilised needles at specific points on the body known as acupoints. Meticulous studies have proved that acupuncture can be used for treating a wide range of conditions. It works primarily on the context that some illnesses are caused due to blockages in the pathway of the Qi flow. According to what practitioners have stated, acupuncture works against infertility by encouraging circulation of blood at specific points. This, in turn, influences the reproductive organs like ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. Acupuncture can hike up conception success if administered in conjunction with IVF (in vitro fertilisation). It can also increase the progesterone levels by influencing the endocrine system. Besides that, it is even capable of enhancing sperm quality and motility. Recently, many couples with conception problems have started to use acupuncture as a fertility treatment in Northern Beaches.

Homeopathy

Homeopathic remedies, derived generally from plants and minerals, are diluted more than a hundred times in order to ensure that every remedy contains a small amount of the actual ingredients. The various remedies, which come in the form of powders, tinctures and tablets, are said to induce symptoms of a certain condition or disease for treating the illness. In short, they work in a way similar to that of vaccines.

Practitioners claim that homeopathy can aid women in overcoming several kinds of fertility issues from polycystic ovarian syndrome to endometriosis and blocked tubes. For example, women with infertility consuming daily doses of agnus castus are more likely to become pregnant. Not a long time ago, even a German study provided strong evidence that women having difficulty to conceive experienced pregnancy or enhanced ovulation after taking homeopathic remedies.

IBS – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a highly uncomfortable physical condition that triggers abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation and bloating. The pain generally arises in the large intestine, though there are no permanent or long-lasting damages. Patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome can implement dietary changes and reduce stress for controlling discomfort and pain.

Causes

There is actually no verified cause for IBS, but some patients possessing the disorder usually have a quick digestive process that causes bloating and diarrhoea. The intestines relax and contract for transporting food through the stomach and intestines. In patients having IBS, these movements are relatively stronger. Other people with the same disorder experience just the opposite effect. Food moves through their digestive process slowly and causes discomfort and constipation.

There are some foods which can worsen the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, but they do not actually cause the disorder. Stress and emotion are also thought to be capable of triggering the symptoms. They, just like foods, are not the reason for the existence of the disorder in a patient’s body, but can make the symptoms more noticeable.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of IBS include:

  • alterations in the patterns of bowel movement
  • excess gas and bloating
  • abdominal pain
  • presence of mucus in faeces
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • weird taste in mouth
  • sleep problems
  • heart palpitations
  • frequent urination and trouble emptying the bladder
  • reduced libido

Most of these symptoms generally occur during stressful times, after meals and in case of women, during menstruation.

Treatment

There are several natural treatment methods that have been successfully used for curing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Among them, acupuncture is claimed by many to be the most effective. There are many instances where patients have opted for IBS acupuncture and successfully gotten relief from abdominal pain. Acupuncture can also reduce stress levels – one of the main factors that worsen symptoms of the disorder.

Peppermint oil can also be taken as a supplement in the form of capsules for getting relief from bloating and stomach ache. However, it should not be consumed by pregnant women and children.

Patients suffering from IBS can also take pharmaceutical drugs as per the directions of physicians. Antidepressants and opioid medications are considered to be highly effective against the symptoms of IBS. Sometimes, doctors also prescribe antispasmodics for counteracting the reaction of colon to foods and emotional situations.

Treating AIDS With TCM

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Treating AIDS With TCMAIDS is caused by a virus called called HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). It has a long latent period providing great opportunity for TCM to treat it. Studies conducted using acupuncture and Chinese Medicine indicates that TCM does have some effects on the aspects like improvement of the AIDS patients’ immune & survival quality, extension of the survival time and relief of the clinical symptoms.

The clinical manifestation is quite complicated & includes night sweats, fever, appetite reduction, weight loss, asthenia, skin rash, problem in breathing and extensive lymphangoncus. If infected with HIV, your body will try fighting the infection. It will also make several antibodies for fighting the virus, which may present several defects as well as abnormalities in your immune system.

Although there isn’t any reliable method of controlling this virus there are many ways to improve the immune system invigorating qi & blood, strengthening the constitution & preventing diseases by using elongated needles, finger-press therapy, moxibustion etc.

Acupuncture

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Needling du and ren channels is the primary way of adjusting yin & yang. Main points on ren channel include ren 4,6, 12, 17, 20, 22 and 23 whereas the main points on du channel include du 3,4,6,7,9,12 and 14. This treatment procedure may nourish yin & yang, regulate the viscera, dredge tri-jiao & improve the appetite. If symptoms present include diarrhoea, four points around belly button about 1” away needs to be needled. Other points like shu/back points with mu/front points, & points on the limbs, may even be needled.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbs

This may contribute to nourishing qi & blood, regulating the viscera, strengthening the resistance & eliminating the pathogens. A number of Chinese herbs have proven to be functional in improving the human immune system. Furthermore, the herbs to prevent and treat AIDS are available in more than thirty various prescriptions like xiao chaihu tang, ginseng tang, guipi tang and others. Chinese herbs need to be used in quantity and their strength are to be determined by clinical symptoms. Some of the herbs like bighead atractylodes rhizome, Chinese cassia tree, can be made into fine powder and be put on bellybutton for improving the immune function.

Abdomen Massage

Abdomen Massage

Abdomen is the place from where all diseases come in. Abdomen may make qi of middle jiao flow very smoothly sending up lucid & sending down turbid, promoting the flow of tri-jiao, regulating middle jiao & restoring qi, relieving depressed liver & enlivening the spleen. Thus, it’s very essential in full management of conditions related with AIDS. Areas for massage include lan men, lymphatic points, ren 6 and 11 and a few others.

How Is TCM Helpful To Us?

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Traditional Chinese Medicine methods of treatment have always earned rave reputation in the entire domain of medical treatment facilities. Their treatment methods are based on the power of healing that originates from inside. Therefore, they do not involve risks like side effects or ill effects on human health. They emancipate you from a spate of physical, mental as well as emotional agonies in an outstanding way. The TCM practitioners do believe in empathetic healing. Here is a discussion which aims to throw an insight peep into the magical powers held by these oriental practices.

Quick fix of menopausal problems

Menopausal problems could turn out to be a significant issue in your personal health. However, TCM treatment methods have got an answer to it. The methods would focus on the application of some essential herbs and food stuffs that would be enriched with ingredients like phytoestrogens.

Remedial support for sleep disorders

While casting a close glance in the cosmos of TCM methods you will find out that these oriental methods have the answer to a lot of crucial health dilemmas that might create a mayhem in your life. However, they are specifically useful as it comes to asking for a perfect cure to your sleep disorder issues  TCM practitioners use proper acupuncture methods that can sort the problem out.  TCM practitioners use proper acupuncture methods that can sort the problem out. 

Specialized pregnancy support facilities and IVF support features

Phenomenal cure is definitely ensured when you are looking for value added pregnancy support programs as well as IVF support programs through oriental method of treatment. Acupuncture plays a key role in the whole process. Expectant mothers can come out of conception problems by resorting to these methods.

Curing smoking and intoxication issues

Addiction is a curse for sure but there is evidently a cure for it provided you make up your mind with iron determination and make your move to Traditional Chinese Medicine. The practitioners resort to natural and painless methods to help you brave through the intoxication issues and smoking problems.

You can say that a great variety of health issues do get cured with TCM. When acupuncture, Chinese herbs and moxibustion make an entry in your life, health issues would be bound to take an exit from your life. A soul satisfying balance is about to be initiated in your life and it is going to stay that way.