Take Care Of Yourself & Experience A Healthy Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is the most beautiful phase of any woman’s life. After all, she is going to bring a new life into this world. Thus, it is one of the crucial responsibilities of every to-be-mom to take care of herself as well as her baby.

So if you are going through this exciting phase of life, never ever ignore your health. Instead try to include as much healthy habits in your lifestyle as you can. Even if you have a concerned family and a loving husband, still you have equal responsibility of taking care of your and your baby’s health. According to many a professionals providing pregnancy support treatments in Northern Beaches, some of the simplest ways of experiencing a healthy pregnancy stage are as follows –

1. Pamper yourself 

Pregnancy is the stage where you can get a chance to have yourself pampered to the fullest. Apart from this, it is equally important to give your body a quality amount of rest and relaxation. This can be done simply by visiting a reputed local spa. The level of comfort that you can get from a spa therapy can’t be compared with any other thing. However, there are certain limitations for a pregnant woman. So instead of going to the regular spa parlours, it is best to opt for the ones providing special care for pregnant women.

2. Recharge your body with green vegetables and fruits

Fruits and vegetables are known to be healthiest food options that can keep one’s body fit and fine during pregnancy. Thus, to keep the body healthy, hydrated and well maintained, consuming fruits and vegetables is definitely a must for a woman who is expecting.

3. Know when to call your doctor

It is also suggested to know about every emergency situation in detail where you need to call a doctor. For instance, if you experience any kind of pain such as strong cramps, vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid, contractions at 20-minute intervals, constant nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, heart palpitations, decreased activity by the baby or trouble walking, then call your doctor immediately.

4. Indulge yourself into different types of activities

Enjoy each and every moment with cheerfulness so that your baby can grow stronger and healthier. Never ever let stress and depression affect your pregnancy phase. To prevent depression, keep yourself engaged with different activities. Listen to your favourite songs, do exercise, meditate, watch movies and so on. The happier you keep yourself, the better body growth your baby can experience.

So instead of depending too much on secondary options, make sure to take care of your baby’s health by living a happy life.

Some Common Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia can be caused due to several issues including irregular lifestyle, too much work pressure, stress, depression and so on. It is important to know the common reasons of insomnia and its effective treatments. However it is best to opt for natural medical help such as acupuncture treatment etc rather than consuming high dose antibiotics.

Is TCM Effective In Treating Gynecological Problems?

TCMClinical research and medical evidences show that different health issues in women can be treated by using Traditional Chinese Medicine, especially acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. For several years, doctors have found that these two modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine are extremely effective against a wide range of conditions in women. They empower the mind and enhance the body’s own capacity to heal. Menstrual cramps, PMS, endometriosis, fibroid tumours, postpartum depression, menopausal symptoms, etc are some of the issues in women that can be addressed efficiently with the use of herbal medicine and acupuncture. These two modalities can eliminate any stagnation immediately and also improve overall well-being of the body.

For women who are trying to achieve pregnancy, herbal medicine and acupuncture can work wonders by increasing blood circulation in the pelvic organs, delivering better nourishment to them, normalising the FSH levels, strengthening the uterus lining and balancing progesterone and estrogen levels. The treatment methods not only do help to keep the uterus relaxed, but also reduce impedance to blood flow in uterine arteries.

infertility treatmentStress can have an extremely negative impact on women who are having to cope with fertility issues. It causes the body to go in protective mode and demote pregnancy. Chinese medicine and acupuncture can alleviate stress in women facing fertility challenges.

Women, who are going through the stressful stage of menopause, can also benefit greatly from herbal medicine and acupuncture. These forms of treatments not only do help in eliminating such issues as night sweats, sugar cravings and night flash, but also inhibit weight gain, induce better sleeping patterns, alleviate emotional stress and pain, minimise osteoporosis, reduce poor mental function and stabilise mood fluctuations.

Studies have shown that if acupuncture is combined with hormone replacement therapy, it can produce significant changes in the levels of estrogen and thyroid stimulating hormone. Not only does this increase metabolism, but also help in preventing loss of bone density and breast cancer. Acupuncture can also produce positive results when incorporated into IVF and ART.

Traditional Chinese Medicine aims at providing a holistic cure to health issues in women. It understands that external pathogenic factors such as heat, damp and cold can have considerable influence over gynecological problems. Most TCM practitioners who provide gynecology treatments in Hills District give great importance on the necessity of holistic care. Therefore, they often augment their treatment methods with exercise, dietary modifications, psycho spiritual changes and other health alterations.

Female Infertility Treatment Options


Female infertility treatment can be done in various ways.

Women who’ve been tested and diagnosed with pelvic or tubal disease may undergo surgery for reconstructing her reproductive organs or try in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for conceiving. Acupuncture has proved to be very beneficial for women undergoing IVF treatment. It gives a good healthy lining to the womb, ensures adequate blood supply for nourishing endometrium of womb, nourishes the ovaries & helps develop a lot more follicles before collection.

A hysteroscope placed in uterus through cervix may be used for removing the polyps & fibroid tumours, diving scar tissue and opening the blocked tubes.

Women who experience ovulation problems can be prescribed drugs like clompiphene citrate, gonadotropins or letrozole, which may lead to ovulation. When serophene or clomid don’t work gonadotropins induce ovulation. These drugs even enhance female fertility by causing multiple eggs to ovulate during the cycle. Gonadotropin therapy can be provided for unexplained infertility or when different factors are constructed without causing pregnancy. Metformin is another kind of medication, which may normalise or restore ovulation in women who have PCOs or insulin resistance.

Intrauterine insemination is also a way by which a woman can conceive soon. It is the process where semen in collected, rinsed with special solution & placed into uterus during ovulation. Sperm are deposited into uterus via a plastic catheter, which is inserted through cervix.

Egg donation usually helps women whose ovaries do not function normally for achiecing pregnancy. It involves oocytes from ovary of the donor who has undergone ovarian stimulation by using fertility drugs. The eggs of the donor are then put together with sperm from recipient’s partner for IVF. The eggs that have fertilised as a resultant are transferred to the uterus of the recipient.

However, after a woman is diagnosed with being infertile, the likelihood for being treated successfully is fifty percent. Whether the treatment will be successful or not depends on the following factors:

  • problem’s cause
  • age of the woman
  • history of previous pregnancy
  • span of time she had been suffering from infertility issues

The Fundamental Theory and Working Processes of #Acupuncture

Acupuncture Treatment For Back PainThe method of treating various types of physical and psychological disorders with acupuncture is becoming increasingly favoured nowadays. Previously regarded as a form of pseudo-science, acupuncture is now proposed by medical professionals as a complimentary treatment for a variety of diseases and pain conditions.

The theory which forms the basis of acupuncture treatment states that for the survival of every living organism, the life force or energy known as ‘Qi’ is quintessential and without it, no life can exist. Qi flows through the body of an individual through channels called meridians. These invisible ‘meridians’ are just as significant as the nerve pathways and blood vessels inside the body of a living organism. Treatment of a certain medical anomaly with acupuncture is achieved by the insertion of sterilized needles at points along the meridians. These points are referred as acupoints‘.

According to the World Health Organisation, acupuncture is found effective against a stream of ailments in human beings. Successful positive results have been found in acupuncture treatment for back pain, muscle strain, whiplash, joint pain, sciatica, sinus problems, asthma, menstural irregularities, trigeminal neuralgia, hemiplagia, tinnitis, migraine, post-traumatic stress, cystitis, prostate problems, hormonal irregularities, adrenal insufficiency, angina, palpitations, insomnia, low energy, anxiety, common cold, hay fever, addictions, etc.

Acupuncture practitioners hold the belief that most of these conditions are caused due to a blockage in the path of the Qi flow. The needles used in acupuncture clear the blockage and restore the biological balance, thus curing the sickness. Scientists have, however, found many medical explanations which support the theory proposed by acupuncture practitioners.

  • The needles actually stimulate different sensory receptors which transmit neural signals to the central nervous system. The central nervous system then triggers the production of chemicals which change the sensation of pain or bring about a feeling of well-being.
  • Insertion of needles into the ‘acupoints’ speed the transmission of electromagnetic signals to the brain which initiates the release of natural painkillers like endorphins or cells of immune system inside the body.
  • The acupuncture needles prompt the sensory receptors to send impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary glands which release natural opioids. Opioids are chemicals that reduce pain and enhance the quality of sleep.
  • Acupuncture makes the brain regulate the release of the neurohormones and neurotransmitters. Neurohormones can produce changes in the functioning of organs inside the body. Nerve signals can be stimulated or inhibited by neurotransmitters.

Acupuncture in the present day is preferred greatly over chemical medicines, because it is a safe way of treatment and has practically no side-effects.

Chinese Herbal Remedies: The Most Effective Way to Treat Female Infertility

Chinese herbal remedies - Acupoint MedWomen who use Chinese herbal medicine are more likely to conceive within a period of 4 months than those who receive conventional fertility treatments. A study also found out that quality of menstrual cycle, which is a main component in TCM diagnosis, happens to be a vital thing to successful treatment of the female infertility. However, infertility is the inability to get pregnant after a year, even after having regular sexual intercourse without the use of any birth control.

In fact, there is a very long history of using Chinese herbal remedies when it comes to infertility. The records indicate that the herbs that were used for treating miscarriage and infertility date back to 200 A.D., including the mention of the formulas which are used for the same purpose even today.

Alternative Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments have thus become quite popular in the Western countries. The couples have found them out to be very safe and effective. A lot of people in the world are using Chinese herbs regularly for maintaining their good health and that Traditional Chinese Medicine is a classical medicine, which is used regularly outside China.

Why opt for TCM over Western medical fertility drug treatments?

Although health is considered to be the main objective of both conventional medicine and TCM, their concepts of disease and method used for recovering and maintaining good health are quite different. The physicians of Western medicine learn that the disease must be treated by prescribing a medicine or doing surgery whereas the TCM physicians emphasis on curing the patient and not curing the disease. Their main focus is to treat the person keeping in mind the different attributes of the individual, which is responsible for that person’s health condition.

When it comes to infertility of females, the main therapeutic factors in Traditional Chinese Medicine are emphasized on re-establishing the balance as well as lessening the stress level while regulating the hormones as well as menstruation. TCM identifies that a lot of infertility cases actually stem from the problem, which may be functional than being structural. On the other hand, the conventional fertility treatments aren’t only expensive and invasive, but even quite stressful for patients.

After all, fertility management has extensively been studied in Chinese medicine. The doctors in China have actually reported that they have observed about seventy percent success rate while treating infertility with the herbs. Various herbs are always used in treating infertility. Herbal medicine is basically used along with massage, acupuncture, lifestyle modifications and diet for treating infertility.

Success of Acupuncture Treatment for Back Pain Determined by Psychological Factors

Acupuncture Treatment for Back Pain - Acupoint Med - NZRecently, a study was published in The Journal of Clinical Pain, which suggested that the patients who feel positive about their back pain and are in control of their symptoms experience less back-pain disability when receiving acupuncture.

Dr. Felicity Bishop, the study author says, “The analysis showed that psychological factors were consistently associated with back-related disability. People who started out with very low expectations of acupuncture – who thought it probably would not help them – were more likely to report less benefit as treatment went on.”

Established as a complementary therapy, acupuncture is basically used for treating different kinds of health related problems. The WHO (World Health Organization) has stated that it is very effective in treating 28 conditions including lower back pain, depression, allergic rhinitis, essential hypertension, headache and stroke.

Evidence even suggests that acupuncture is the most standard treatment for back pain. It is also beneficial in treating many other diseases, conditions and symptoms, although WHO believes more proof is required.

However, research that was made earlier found out that the factors other than insertion of the needles into certain areas of skin play a big role in how effective the acupuncture treatment can be. These factors include the belief of the patient in therapy as well as the relation between the acupuncturist and the patient.

Processing of the various emotions in relation to acupuncture treatment influences the outcomes. Dr. Bishop in fact explains that when the patients are able to see their pain in a positive light, they start experiencing less back pain related disability.

“In particular, they experienced less disability over the course of treatment when they came to see their back pain as more controllable, when they felt they had better understanding of their back pain, when they felt better able to cope with it, were less emotional about it, and when they felt their back pain was going to have less of an impact on their lives.”

Dr. Stephen Simpson, research director at Arthritis Research UK, says that the study gives emphasis to how a placebo effect controls pain. He says, “The process whereby the brain’s processing of different emotions in relation to their treatment can influence outcome is a really important area for research.”

Authors of this study suggest that the future research must test whether combining acupuncture with psychological interventions targeting self-perceptions and illness can improve the outcomes of patient.

Dr. Simpson concludes by saying, “Factors such as the relationship between practitioner and the patient can inform this and we should be able to understand the biological pathways by which this happens. This understanding could lead in the future to better targeting of acupuncture and related therapies in order to maximize patient benefit.”