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Menstrual problems

     irregular, painful, heavy, and long or short cycles

     pre-menstrual tension – physical symptoms such as breast tenderness, abdominal and lower back pain, upset stomach and headaches. Emotional symptoms such as agitation, mood swings and teariness

Menopausal symptoms

Problematic symptoms such as:

     nights sweats

     hot flushes

     anxiety and depression


     fatigue and irritability


Acupuncture can promote a balance of the hormone cycle to promote positive signs and symptoms such as:

    regular and pain free menstruation

    improved mucus around ovulation

    increased blood flow to the reproductive organs promoting egg and endometrial health

    reducing stress and anxiety that can arise when trying to conceive

Pregnancy & Childbirth

Obstetric acupuncture offers safe, effective and gentle care addressing conditions that can arise throughout pregnancy, labour and delivery. Acupuncture has the advantage of providing women with a drug free treatment for either unwanted symptoms such as morning sickness and fatigue or simply be used as a well being treatment. Pregnancy can be a time of depletion for the mother and acupuncture can help sustain levels of energy by providing gentle support throughout the pregnancy as well as helping to build a foundation of good emotional and physical health.

Acupuncture can be administered safely at any stage of pregnancy but is particularly recommended at week 12, 24 and 36 as these are transition times between trimesters. The gentle support that acupuncture provides can aide the changing from one trimester to the next, maintaining as well as strengthening both the mothers and unborn baby’s energy.

(Please note house calls are available for pregnant patients who are on full or partial bed rest. House calls are also available for postpartum treatments. Postpartum patients are welcome to bring their baby with them for office appointments.)

Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters. These three trimesters bring different emotional and physical changes that make them unique. Signs and symptoms that can (but don’t always) occur include:

First trimester  (0-12 weeks)

Acupuncture during the first trimester focuses on setting the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. Treatments are given to prevent miscarriage and to address any early pregnancy symptoms such as:



    tiredness and fatigue 

Second trimester (12-24 weeks)

Acupuncture during the second trimester aims to offer relief and balances the body from possible common complaints of pregnancy at this time including:

    can support renewed energy levels,

    relieve musculoskeletal symptoms such as sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome


    heart burn


    difficulty sleeping

Third trimester  (24-40 weeks)

Acupuncture is useful for calming any anxiety or fear approaching the birth and from week 36 a pre-birth treatment can be administered on a weekly basis to prepare the body for labour. These treatments include points to ripen the cervix and help position the baby in the best presentation for labour. Acupuncture at this time also encourages an efficient labour by promoting optimal energy and stamina for women to enter labour. It is also effective for:


    hip, joint, pubic and back pain

    anxiety and worry approaching the birth

    difficulty sleeping

Breech presentation

Breech babies are ideally treated between 34-36 weeks. In this situation, moxibustion and not acupuncture needles is most effective. Moxa (Artemisia Vulgaris or Mugwort) has been found to have properties that can strengthen the body, relax the mind and stimulate Qi (energy). According to Western medicine, the moxa increases corticoadrenal secretions which in turn raises basal tone and enhances uterine contractility. This then stimulates foetal mobility and makes turning more probable.

The treatment will usually be done once by the acupuncturist, who will explain where the points are and also provide a moxa stick (the moxa is rolled tightly into a cigar shape) for the patient to continue the process each day at their home which is recommended to be done twice a day for approximately one week. It is understood to work by stimulating the tone of the uterine muscle, thereby encouraging the baby to find the head down position.

Labour induction

Please note this can be carried out from 41 weeks (1 week over the due date)

The effects of acupuncture induction are a slow increase in tone of the uterine muscle which means that the effects of treatments are cumulative and not sudden. Treatments involve needle stimulation of points in the hands, feet and lower back, and may include massage of shoulder points. Needles are left in for up to 50 minutes per treatment, during which the mother might experience mild contractions and feels the baby move. Successive treatments over a period of 3 to 5 days may be required.

Acupressure for labour

Using acupressure in labour has been shown to significantly reduce pain and help to increase a sense of calm. Women who use this method of pain relief have reported a high level of satisfaction with their overall birth experience.

The technique can be taught to women and their birth partners in labour either at home or in the clinic. This session is also available to small groups in your home, so why not ask your pregnant friends to join you?

Post birth

Childbirth can be very draining on a woman’s body. Post-natal acupuncture is very gentle and supportive and can help restore and replenish energy levels and promote recovery.

(Post Natal treatment can be administered in the comfort of your own home as travel at this time is not encouraged.)

Acupuncture can help with both with the emotional and physical issues following birth including:

    insufficient or absent lactation

    anxiety and irritability



    night sweats

    back and joint pain