Chinese Herbal Medicine- Raw herbs, powders, capsules

Natalie prescribes Chinese herbal medicine as a part of her regular care in conjunction with acupuncture. She dispenses formulas in tablets or tinctures in her office. The majority of these tablets and tinctures are from www.kanherb.com which is tested by a third party for safety. To see the lab test results for your bottle of Chinese herbal tablets from www.kanherb.com please visit their website and type in the LOT # from your bottle of herbs which is written next to the expiration date on the bottle.   Natalie also writes custom formulas which can be given in powder form, capsules or raw herbs to cook as a decoction or tea. All herbs can be shipped to the patient’s home via UPS. Patients can choose to receive their custom formula in raw herbs form, powder form or capsules. The raw herb form comes as dried raw herbs wrapped in tissue. One pack is placed into a clay tea pot covered in water, add 8 cups of purified water over the herbs. You may want to allow the herbs  some time to absorb the water,  then bring them to a boil for 5 minutes then lower to a simmer for 20 minutes. There should be approximately 4 cups of liquid  left after cooking the herbs. Strain the tea, and keep the liquid tea in a separate container and start over cooking the same herbs in fresh water. Then combine both batches of the prepared tea, discard or compost the raw herbs.  Keep the liquid in a glass container (not plastic or metal), and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. The dosage is...

Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

Yes, acupuncture is safe – and effective – during pregnancy. Acupuncture is not a substitute for Western prenatal medical care. Instead, it offers complementary care that has many benefits. And because acupuncture has very few side effects, many pregnant women now seek this alternative to drug therapy for a number of common pregnancy complaints. The modern practice of acupuncture is based on historical diagnostic theories, with roots for treatment in pregnancy that go back for over 2,000 years. But its use today relies on modern, evidence-based medicine and standards of safety. For example, acupuncture by licensed practitioners has strict standards for needle sterility and safety. Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective for stress, morning sickness, hip and low back pain, breech position, mild to moderate depression, labor induction, and shortening the length of labor. Skilled acupuncturists provide complementary treatment for a number of additional pregnancy complications, as well. And research is now focusing on the routine use of acupuncture to enhance wellness during pregnancy and labor. Acupuncture may also help with fertility. Studies show that acupuncture can increase the chances that assisted reproductive technologies (ART) will result in a live birth by 10 to 15 percent or more, for example. A search of peer-reviewed scientific studies doesn’t unearth a single study that points to any increased risk from the use of acupuncture in pregnancy or labor. A 2002 study conducted at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital at Adelaide University in Australia on the safety of acupuncture for nausea in early pregnancy verified that there is no increased risk of congenital anomalies, miscarriage, stillbirth, placental abruption, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, premature birth, or normal measures of neonatal health (such as maturity or birth...

Acupuncture – Early Pregnancy

Acupuncture is a clinically proven alternative for treating fertility issues as well as a strong complementary therapy to modern fertility treatments. It is also a safe and effective option to nurture and support early pregnancy by providing relief for many common discomforts without drugs and their harmful side effects. Acupuncture can treat morning sickness Many women experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester of pregnancy. These symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, are likely caused by hormone changes in the body. If you find that you are nauseous most of the day, or if you cannot stop vomiting, you need to seek medical advice. Most women are reluctant to use conventional medications to reduce their symptoms; so acupuncture offers an appealing alternative for alleviating nausea and vomiting. Smith et al. in 2002 published that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy. Acupuncture promotes emotional health and relaxation Pregnancy brings many wonderful joys and excitement. However, many women are often surprised to learn that the hormonal adjustments in their bodies are causing them to experience mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, and stress. Women with previously unexplained miscarriages, threatened miscarriages and/or stress related to an IVF cycle may be particularly vulnerable to worries and fears about successfully carrying a baby to term. Researchers have found that stress in early pregnancy causes elevated levels of the hormone cortisol, which may suppress progesterone and make the immune system hostile to the developing embryo. Acupuncture is an incredibly effective tool for reducing stress. It naturally stimulates the central nervous system and increases the production...