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Fertility & Pregnancy

Fertility

Larson Acupuncture offers a wide range of services to optimize fertility including: acupuncture, manual therapy, nutritional counseling and herbs and supplements. Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or using assisted reproductive technology and medications, Chinese medicine and Maya abdominal massage can affect the following aspects of female and male fertility:

  • Increase blood flow to reproductive organs

  • Reduce stress and stress hormones that may interfere with conceiving

  • Balance hormones

  • Regulate menses and ovulation

  • Address specific infertility diagnoses such as PCOS, endometriosis, advanced maternal age, luteal phase defect, thin endometrial lining, repeat miscarriages and more

  • Prepare for IVF and IUI procedures

  • Reduce adverse effects of IVF and hormonal medications

  • Improve libido

  • Improve male fertility factors such as sperm count and motility

We offer highly individualized treatment plans to fit your needs and lifestyle.  Please contact us to discuss your fertility goals.

Pregnancy

Common Pregnancy Symptoms Treated

Chinese medicine boasts a long history of supporting women throughout pregnancy and post-partum. A safe and effective therapy, acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of symptoms in the first, second and third trimesters. In addition, nutritional counseling, herbs and moxibustion may be used for certain conditions. Here are some of the common pre and post-natal concerns that may be addressed by Chinese medicine:

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Lower back and pelvic pain

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Cramping and bleeding

  • Eczema and other skin conditions

  • Heartburn and indigestion

  • Headaches

  • Edema

  • Placenta previa

  • Insomnia

  • Breeched baby

  • Labor preparation

  • Delayed labor

  • Low milk production

  • Hormonal balancing

Labor Preparation and Delayed Labor

At Larson Acupuncture, we encourage mothers-to-be to begin a series of 4-5 labor preparation acupuncture treatments starting at 36 weeks. These treatments aim to encourage optimal maternal health before the birth of her baby, and encourage timely labor.

In cases of post-date babies, acupuncture can help encourage the body to go into labor on its own, rather than needing to be medically induced. Labor induction is a medical process using various pharmaceutical and physical methods to stimulate labor. Acupuncture for delayed labor, on the other hand, takes the approach of supporting the mother’s energy, helping to prepare her cervix and uterus for labor, and reducing the stress and anxiety that many women feel when their baby is post-date. We recommend 2-4 treatments to address delayed labor.