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Acupuncture for the Childbearing Years

A presentation concerning the treatment of menstrual issues, fertility, childbirth, prenatal and postpartum care.

Alice Spitzner Claussen

on 16 January 2016

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Transcript of Acupuncture for the Childbearing Years

Tai Ji - The Supreme Ultimate
UB 32 (Ci Liao)
induce labor
pain control during labor
GB 21 (Jian Jing)
help move the baby downwards
pain control during labor
promotes breastmilk let-down reflex
LI 4 (He Gu)
induce labor
pain control during labor
help establish efficient contractions
KD 1 (Yong Quan)
calming action
useful during transition
UB 67 (Zhi Yin)
help with optimal positioning
useful for breech or posterior facing
Sp 6 (San Yin Jiao)
induce labor
helps the cervix dialte
decreases afterpains
UB 60 (Kun Lun)
encourages the baby to descend
Twig & Needle Chinese Medicine LLC
Alice Sptizner Claussen L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.
at Seva Center for Healing Arts
501 Twelfth Ave, Ste 102, Coralville, IA
319.351.7382 (SEVA)
Acupressure for Labor
Start using early in labor
Stimulate points with direct pressure not massage
Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Nutrition & Herbal Medicine
Exercise & Meditation
Physical Manipulation
Environment (Feng Shui)
shady side of the mountain
first stage of labor
Fertility resources
"The Infertility Cure" by Randine Lewis
"Making Babies" by Sami David,MD and Jill Blakeway, LAc
"Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler

sunny side of the mountain
second stage of labor
Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Nutrition & Herbal Medicine
Exercise & Meditation
Physical Manipulation
Environment (Feng Shui)
Commonly treated menstrual issues:
PMS (iritability, moodiness, etc.)
Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
Menstrual migraines
Irregular menses
Commonly treated prenatal issues:
Recurrent miscarriage
Morning sickness
Breech baby
Pre-birth treatments
Hip and/or low back pain
Commonly treated fertility issues
Poor egg quality
Unexplained infertility
IVF/IUI support

Commonly treated postnatal issues:
Insufficient lactation
Blocked milk ducts
“A pregnant woman carries within her the finest piece of jade. She should enjoy all things, look at fine art and be attended by handsome servants”
-Chinese Text: Admonitions to Ladies



Morning Sickness
Breech Baby
Moxa at UB 67 bilaterally ten days for 20 minutes.
most effective at 34-36 weeks
China study of 505 women 28-34 weeks (241 moxa / 264 control) 81% of moxa babies turned compared to 49% of control.
Pre-Birth Treatments
Weekly treatment beginning at 36-37 weeks
prepares the body for efficient labor and delivery
helps to decrease anxiety surround labor and delivery
Pregnancy & Childbirth Resource
google "Debra Betts"
An observational study conducted in New Zealand by midwives noted a 35% decrease in inductions, 31% decrease in epidural rate, 32% decrease in emergency c-section for women receiving pre-birth treatment (169 women over 4 months).
Zi He Che (Placenta Hominis)
Augments Essence
Builds Blood
Insufficient lactation
Night sweats
Post-partum depression
General tonification
Post-partum depression
30-40 days following childbirth
Traditionally a time of rest and recovery
Mother Roasting
tonification treament applied 5-7 days postpartum
treatment is performed in the mother's home
pole moxa applied to lower abdomen and lumbo-sacral area for about 10 minutes each side
warms the abdomen, back and meridians to nourish Qi and Blood
encourages the uterus to contract and reduces the risk of prolapsed tissue

What to expect from an appointment with a Chinese Medicine practitioner:
Labor Induction
preformed only after due date unless mother is scheduled for a medical induction
may require 1-3 daily treatments
mother can apply acupressure at home
more effective if mother received regular acupuncture throughout pregnancy
The Golden Month
5 Pillars of Chinese Medicine
Point location is not exact
Useful points will quickly have a noticeable
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