Category Archives: Women’s issues

A Better Way!

Have you ever been told you were nominated for a high position?  I mean really high….?

A patient told me once I should be canonized!  Which for those of you unfamiliar with the Catholic faith means to be made a saint!  I’m sure there are at least a few of the good nuns I had in my 12 years of Catholic school who might beg to differ.  Still, there was a part of me that was tickled at the notion.15907288_s

The act that brought about such praise was an Acupuncture Treatment Protocol I’d just learned, referred to as a ‘Pre-birth Treatment’. The simplicity of it is absolutely elegant!  My patient reported that after treatment her labor and delivery was entirely different than her first, and she was thrilled!

Last year, I had the very good pleasure of providing the ‘Pre-birth Treatment’ to two sisters who were both due around the same time. How awesome is that?  Once again the response was wonderful!  Both sisters reported their labor and deliveries were much better than their first!  See their testimonial on my website.

i had first read about this protocol in The Journal of Chinese Medicine.  What impressed me as much as the physical dynamics was the fact that the study was done not by Acupuncturists, whose findings might have been construed as biased, but rather by a group of midwives!  Each reported again and again how much more efficient labor was with women who had undergone this process.

A few years later I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with Debra Betts, an Acupuncturist, and an RN, (like myself), who specializes in women’s reproductive health, and she elaborated even more on this protocol, causing me to be even more enamored with it.

It is with great enthusiasm and excitement to offer this entire protocol at a very discounted rate now through September.  It consists of four treatments, one a week, for the last four weeks of pregnancy. If you are pregnant now, or know anyone who is, please call me, or stop by our office for more information.  I would be happy to discuss the acupuncture ‘Prebirth Treatment’ with you.

Prenatal & Post-Partum Depression

15075678_sTuesday evening I was in a favorite place, the kitchen, slicing and dicing veggies for what I hoped would be a delicious dinner, as is my custom, happily listening to NPR.  There was a story about recognizing the need to care for women who were pregnant, or recently post-partum dealing with depression.  Given the fact that in a past life, (pre-Masters in Oriental Medicine and current beloved career path), I had been certified as a psychiatric and mental health RN, I listened up and hand cut the onions rather than allow the Cuisinart to compete for these words.

The doctor being interviewed spoke clearly about how damaging depression could be, both for the pregnant woman, or new mother, and her new-born; how their bonding could be adversely effected, and her sense of being a failure could prove quite painful. Twenty plus years as a charge nurse in psychiatric facilities had afforded me many examples of this most debilitating condition. But, then came, his typical, western medicine ‘cure’–anti-depressants.

He went on to say that while there is ‘some risk’ of these pharmaceuticals causing birth defects, the risk was small.  It was not only the onions causing me to tear, as I thought of one of the possible ‘small side effects’, a cleft palate.  Imagine the parents of a newborn pacing the waiting room as their tiny little one underwent surgery to correct what could have been avoided! Surely they would not think of the side effect as being ‘small’.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long history of helping persons with depression, and or anxiety. And, yes, helping pregnant women who present with these symptoms, safely, with no side-effects.  In fact, helping these women have better, healthier pregnancies!

It is irrefutable that antidepressants have helped many people feel better. I am not contesting this. I long for the day when ALL options are presented.

Years ago there was a piece on the news about how NIH had agreed that Acupuncture was as effective as a popular, (very expensive) anti-nausea medicine for persons under-going chemo-therapy. What they failed to mention though was that the medicine they were speaking of, (remember, the RN), was proven to have the potential to cause severe Liver damage! Acupuncture would not!  I don’t see them as being equal.

I long for the day when our capacity to deliver quality health care is recognized.