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All About Breech Presentation and How Acupuncture Can Help

Having a baby can be one of the most joyous experiences for any mother. While many women hope for a vaginal delivery, pregnancies can sometimes come with complications that may require other forms of delivery. One of these complications, breech presentation, occurs in almost 4% of full-term pregnancies (Cruikshank, 1986). A breech pregnancy can occur for a number of reasons, some of which we will discuss below.What is Breech Presentation?Breech presentation is when the baby’s buttocks and/or feet, instead of its head, are closest to the mother’s cervix. The baby can be in either of the following three breech positions:Complete: The baby is in a fetal position with the knees bent Frank: The baby has both legs extended Incomplete: The baby has one knee...

Acupuncture and Sperm Quality

If you and your partner are having difficulty getting pregnant, you’re not alone! Many couples and individuals that seek help at Naturna often come in with fertility issues. Infertility is clinically defined as not being able to conceive after having unprotected sex for six months to one year. Since fertility in women declines steadily with age, some healthcare providers use six months as a benchmark to evaluate women of 35 years and older.However, infertility is not only a woman's problem. Both men and women can contribute to infertility. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35% of infertility cases involve both male and female factors. Of these cases, 8% involve the male factor only (Infertility FAQs, 2017).Since there are plenty...

Best Tea for Fertility, Pregnancy, and Birth

Raspberry leaf tea is one of the best herbal teas for women’s health. Whether you are trying to get pregnant, already pregnant, or preparing for your baby’s birth, you’ll benefit from this! Raspberry leaf is traditionally used as a reproductive tonic. It contains vitamins and minerals (like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, niacin, selenium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and E). When made into a tea or infusion, these nutrients are made easily available to our bodies. Raspberry leaf is a pleasant tasting herbal remedy with a mildly sweet flavor. Some people liken its taste to that of black tea, without the caffeine. Additionally, it is gentle on the stomach. You can find this tea at your local health food store or online at mountainroseherbs.com....

Why Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for Fertility?, Christina Burns, Naturna Institute

Why Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for Fertility?

Acupuncture is an effective and safe treatment option for women throughout the various stages of their hormonal life cycle. It’s very good at  restoring balance to the hormonal madness that may at times characterize the female reproductive system. As such, it has wide applications in the treatment of women’s health and fertility. Of course, this is not isolated to women. Men also benefit greatly from the use of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture has derived much wisdom from a long tradition of clinical trials lasting over 3000 years. Many dedicated practitioners recorded their findings so that the generations of doctors to come could benefit from and share their knowledge and build on it. Most of us still use formulas in our practice that...

Chinese Medicine and Sex — How much is too much?

Culturally, I would say that we are kinda messed up about sex. Talking about it openly seems to make people withdraw in discomfort, even when it relates to reproduction.I specialize in treating reproductive health and fertility and still many of my patients apologize when asking my opinion on suggested timing and frequency of intercourse. While getting into a sociological study about sex is beyond the scope of this post, we can touch on a few interesting tidbits. Chinese Medicine gives an interesting perspective on male vs. female sexual practices. For example, for women sex is thought to diffuse negative and potentially toxic pent up energy. Without sufficient sex, we may end up in a disease state. Imagine that? Does anyone have that girlfriend that is...

Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss: Causes and Approaches

First off, I’m deeply sorry if you have experienced a miscarriage. Despite it being common, that fact only helps so much in coping with the loss and consequent fears that come with it. This article is not an aggregate of statistics to help you understand your likelihood of miscarrying. It is simply an effort to help you understand the common causes so that you might find additional solace. If you have experienced more than one pregnancy loss, my heart goes out to you. I hope the content of this article may additionally assist you in understanding what tests to seek out and how to best mitigate the chances of this happening again. Or, at the very least, gain some insight.Chromosomal AbnormalityThe most common cause...

TEN practical ways to endure the 2 week wait for your pregnancy test

1. If you do not like/love your OBGYN, start interviewing new ones that are covered under your insurance. Review your insurance plan to see what is covered for maternity etc. 2. Buy a package of a few pregnancy tests so you are ready when that day comes 3. Prepare gifts or cards for upcoming birthdays/holidays/showers etc. 4. Start ticking things off your to do list that have been on there for too long - or remove them altogether forever 5. Buy the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up” by Marie Kondo and read it - this should keep you busy for at least 2 weeks 6. Enroll in an class for your own enrichment that you have been meaning to do 7. Get your moles checked 8. Schedule to see...

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Eliminating Fertility Stress

How many times have you heard someone say “the best thing you can do to get pregnant is to not think about it!” or “just don’t stress out about getting pregnant, that will make things worse”?? And then they start telling you stories about how when they got pregnant they were on their honeymoon or on vacation and totally relaxed. There is truth to stress reduction for fertility, BUT these kinds of stories and statements can be annoying to hear when you are attempting to conceive...

Research on how Acupuncture treats Infertility

The most common question I hear in clinic is: “how does acupuncture work?”. Since acupuncture predates science by thousands of years and is based in Taoist theory involving concepts like “yin, yang, cold, heat, qi” etc.., it has been tricky to explain it from a conventional scientific paradigm. Luckily for all of us, some really smart researchers and clinicians have worked diligently doing study after study to understand the mechanism through which acupuncture works. In several studies, researchers watched areas of the brain light up on scans as needles were inserted into specific points on the body. Very cool! This confirmed that the points were carrying messages to the brain that then relayed back to the body to induce a response (i.e. increase blood flow)....