Acupuncture assistance for new moms

“Acupuncture assistance for new moms”

Every new mother naturally has fears and anxiety. First-time mothers ask themselves ” Am I doing the right thing?” “Can I really take care of a baby?” “Why do I feel like I am on high alert all the time?” The stress of new motherhood combined with modern day stress can be detrimental to overall health. The “flight or fight” response is put on on overload, which can result in increased blood digestion, sleep problems, and stressed endocrine system, all of which can lead to exhaustion.

Acupuncture works by correcting imbalances of “Qi” or vital energy in the body. A proven effect of acupuncture is activation of the “rest and digest” or “tend and befriend” response, which is known as the parasympathetic nervous system response, as well as the calming of the “fight or flight” response, known as the sympathetic nervous system response.

In China, there is no term in the common vocabulary of postpartum depression (PPD) because new mothers in China typically do not suffer from depression after childbirth. Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been in practice for thousands of years provide new mothers with treatments including customized Chinese herbal formulas, nutritious soups, and acupuncture in order to fortify the blood, rebuild essential iron reserves, promote healing and stabilize hormones.

In the US, however, more than 1.3 million women suffer from post-partum depression a year. In fact, according to Dr. Ruth Nonacs, a psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital, PPD is the most common complaint associated with pregnancy and childbirth.

Many traditional doctors prescribe antidepressants for PPD. While they may manage the symptoms of depression, they can also have unwanted side effects.

Recent studies conducted by the National Institute of Health found acupuncture is as effective as either drugs or psychotherapy for the treatment of depression, with no side effects. In addition, acupuncture can lessen or eliminate the side effects from Western antidepressants. Acupuncture treatments are generally given weekly for a course of six to twelve weeks. Treatments are then spaced out at further as needed.

Acupuncture can also help new mothers to feed their babies. Some mothers struggled with low milk production and mastitis, the common infection associated with breastfeeding. Acupuncture treatments can increase prolactin secretion, which in turn may stimulate an increase in milk production. It may also help the release and flow of milk when the breasts have been engorged or inflamed.

The exhaustion that can come with new motherhood can be caused by a variety of factors, including sleep deprivation. Acupuncture can address sleep problems without causing drowsiness during the day. Additionally, acupuncture treatments can help boost red blood cells counts, which can alleviate the feeling of exhaustion and fatigue. Acupuncture can nurture you so that you can nurture your baby.