Naturopaths, Massage, Nutritionists, Acupuncturists & Osteopaths in Brisbane

Post Natal Acupuncture in Brisbane

Brisbane Acupuncturist Juanita Fuchs, discusses the Vibe Natural Health approach to post-natal acupuncture.

Juanita Fuchs our Registered Acupuncturist feels privileged to have the opportunity to support mothers transitioning from pregnancy to parent-hood. There are many physical and emotional challenges associated with this period. Labour can take a toll on your body leaving you depleted of energy and many nutrients. Then you have the baby of course i.e. less sleep, milk production and breastfeeding - bringing a whole new cascade of hormonal changes.

Traditional Chinese Medicine can offer a new perspective in understanding your body and your new baby. In Eastern cultures and health-care, the weeks immediately after childbirth are considered a time for rest, replenishment and recovery. The Western lifestyle does not always support this view.

Post Natal Acupuncture, although not completely risk-free, is a gentle and effective option with a high level of scientific evidence for relieving general pain, headaches, post-operative pain (such as perineal pain after tearing during labour or caesarean), lower back and abdominal pain. There is also high-level evidence of potential positive effect in anxiety and insomnia and positive yet unclear evidence in postnatal depression.

Through improving blood flow and regulating the nervous system, acupuncture is considered to release the ‘feel good’ endorphins that help get us through emotionally tough times. Regulating your sleep and emotions can help you cope better with the chaos of early parent-hood. If you feel restored and less stressed your baby will start to respond in a similar way.

Your baby is also going through many changes while trying to adapt to its new environment. There are many simple yet effective interventions that Traditional Chinese Medicine can offer relief for a wide range of infancy and early childhood complaints.

How does Traditional Chinese Medicine Help?

Your blood volume drops considerably after giving birth, and from a Chinese Medicine perspective, many of the common Post-Natal symptoms can be attributed to blood deficiencies. Low energy, stress, emotional imbalances and breast milk production can all be addressed with Acupuncture with the view to increasing the blood and oxygen supply throughout your body.

It is important to properly balance the hormones responsible for breast milk production as well as contributing to your ability to handle all the new physically and emotionally stressful situations parenthood brings.

Acupuncture has been scientifically demonstrated to influence the serotonin-melatonin cycle. These neurotransmitters play a pivotal role in regulating mood, sleep and pain perception (Dimitrov, Atanasova, Tomov, Sivrev, & Lazarov, 2017). Dimitov et al. 2017 studied mast cells releasing serotonin locally to acupoint needle insertion and noted serotonin travelled into circulatory system.

Acupuncture can be used to elicit the release of endogenous opioids, the body’s own, natural pain-killers. Coupling this with Acupuncture’s well-known effectiveness in treating painful musculoskeletal conditions and relaxing tight muscles, Acupuncture can have you feeling back to your pre-pregnancy self sooner.