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Acupuncture & Pregnancy Health – Natural support for women during pregnancy, labour and delivery

Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. Many women report feeling healthier than they have ever felt before; however, the physical growth of the baby and changes in hormone levels can bring about pain, discomfort and a variety of health problems.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can provide a safe, effective alternative for many of the health complications that may arise before, during and after pregnancy. A growing number of women are choosing acupuncture to use throughout their pregnancy and as an optional treatment for an overdue or difficult labor.
Planning for a Healthy Baby
Healthy parents produce healthy babies. With acupuncture and TCM, parents can improve their health to create the most optimal environment for their unborn child. In addition to their ability to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, acupuncture and TCM are an effective treatment for regulating menstruation and hormone levels, reducing stress and addressing any pre-existing medical conditions or concerns that a woman may have.
Acupuncture during Pregnancy
Acupuncture and TCM can play a vital role in the comfort of a pregnant woman. There is strong evidence to support that acupuncture is highly effective at treating some of the most common problems experienced during pregnancy including morning sickness, heartburn, insomnia, water retention and sciatica.
Here is a list of some of the problems that an acupuncturist often treats during pregnancy:

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Edema and Swelling
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Leg Cramps
  • Fatigue and Exhaustion
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and Depression
Acupuncture For Malpostion of The Fetus
Study: Acupuncture Point, UB 67, for Turning a Breech Baby
An acupuncture point on the small toe of the foot (Urinary Bladder 67) has been found to effectively revolve fetuses in breech presentation.
In an Italian study, 240 women at 33-35 weeks of gestation carrying a fetus in breech presentation were randomized to receive acupuncture plus moxibustion (an herb used to apply heat to an acupuncture point) or to be assigned to the observation group. At delivery, the proportion of babies that had turned from breech position to vertex (head-down) position was 53.6 % in the group treated with acupuncture while the proportion of babies that had turned from breech position to vertex position in the observation group was 36.7%.
(Source: J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2004 Apr;15(4):247-52)
 

Acupuncture for Childbirth
There are many acupuncture points that can provide natural pain relief during labor, however, if you do not have the luxury of having an acupuncturist at your beside you can obtain significant relief from acupressure. Using your fingers and hands to produce strong stimulation at certain acupuncture points can be just as effective as needles. This works best if your support person learns these acupoints beforehand and massages them for you during labour. 

Acupuncture is also commonly used to induce labor. There are several points that stimulate contractions and influence cervical ripening. It is best to wait until after your due date or as a natural alternative to a medical induction as there are many benefits to your baby by waiting until 40 weeks gestation. 
Acupuncture Postpartum
Many women feel depleted after the birth experience. Acupuncture can help the transition of those first few months after birth to ensure a quick recovery. Postpartum care focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological recovery of the mother from the effects of pregnancy and labor, as well as encouraging breast feeding.
Here are some of the postpartum disorders that can be treated with acupuncture:

  • Fatigue
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Mastitis
  • Insufficient or Excessive Lactation
  • Post Operative Healing
  • Night Sweats

Safety of Acupuncture During Pregnancy
Acupuncture is safe to use while you are pregnant; however, there are some points that can cause contractions and should NOT be needled during pregnancy or should be used with extreme caution. ****It is important to see an acupuncturist that has specific training in pregnancy wellness**** Both Amanda Barone and Kim Tran are trained to safely and effectively treat pregnant women

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call: 905.553.9255 or email: amanda@besthealthacupuncture.com or book online: www.besthealthacupuncture.com

Kinesiology and Exercise Therapy at the Clinic

Although we tend to advertise our #acupuncture services we also offer #kinesiology and #exercisetherapy at the clinic too! Call us to find out how you can add exercise into your daily life for injury rehabilitation, posture correction or health maintenance. Check your extended health benefits package to see if you have coverage!
“Although simple and intuitive, exercise is one of the single most effective means to enhance recovery from injury or illness, and to manage and improve health.
Registered Kinesiologists, Ontario’s experts in the science of movement, can help reduce absenteeism, reduce claims and associated claims costs, return workers to jobs sooner and safely, reduce duration of claims and increase on the job productivity.
There is also a strong body of evidence of the critical importance that exercise and physical activity plays in the prevention and management of chronic disease and injury. Kinesiologists are becoming key members of health care teams.”
To schedule an appointment please call reception at 647.299.4631, email: amanda@besthealthacupuncture.com or book online via www.besthealthacupuncture.com
#exercisetherapy #Kinesiology #Ontario #Vaughan #RegisteredKinesiologist #CollegeOfKinesiologistsOfOntario #CKO

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One-on-one exercise prescription unique to your body's needs.

One-on-one exercise prescription unique to your body’s needs.

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Fall is all about the PUMPKIN!

Check out these 7 healthy pumpkin recipes. We just can’t get enough!

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Use It or Lose It!

It’s that time of year….the clinic gets flooded with phone calls from people trying to use their extended health benefits before they expire at the end of the year. Appointments are limited, so I always suggest patients start booking their sessions NOW in order to maximize their treatment. Call: 905.553.9255 or book online at www.besthealthacupuncture.com#UseItOrLoseIt #Insurance #ExtendedHealthBenefits #Acupuncture#ChineseMedicine #VaughanAcupunctureClinic

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Welcome Kim Tran, R.Ac!

As most of you know, I will be going on maternity leave at the end of the week. I have arranged for my good friend and colleague Kim Tran to take over treatments while I’m gone. Kim and I met at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and studied under the same teachers. We have similar training and I am confident that she will take good care of my patients while I am away.

Kim has  been coming in to the clinic over the past few weeks to job shadow and see how I do things. Some of you may have met her already. If not, you will meet her in just a few short days as her official start date at the clinic is Friday September 23.

Kim’s hours at the clinic will be:

Monday 10am-1pm

Tuesday 10am-7pm

Friday 10am-7pm

Appointments can be made via our online schedule at www.besthealthacupuncture.com or by calling reception at 905.553.9255

To learn more about Kim please read her bio below:

Kim Tran, Registered Acupuncturist

Kim Tran, Registered Acupuncturist

All my life I knew I wanted to be a healer.  I’ve always felt much attuned to people’s energies, and making people feel better was just so natural to me.  I was drawn to Chinese Medicine in high school, when I chose to do a research project on Acupuncture.  It was amazing to me to learn that our bodies could provide its own healing with a little help from tiny needles.  I was truly mesmerized by the list of ailments that could be treated with Chinese Medicine. How is it possible that Acupuncture could help with so many things such as; pain, infertility, headaches, addictions and mental issues? Chinese Medicine called out to me. Through intensive training at Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I learned the theories behind the success of this 3000+ year old medicine.

I am happy to extend a helping and healing hand, while our beloved Amanda gets some well-deserved family time during her maternity leave.  I have faith that I can care for you, and help you along your path to wellness and good health.

Kim Tran, HBsc. R.Ac

Registered Acupuncturist

Email: kim.besthealthacu@gmail.com

Why Do Women Have Miscarriages?

Acupuncture can help prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy – especially by creating a healthy uterine lining (an essential component to implantation and miscarriage prevention). Contact us to learn more about our ‪#‎fertility‬treatments and ‪#‎pregnancywellness‬ 647.299.4631 or amanda@besthealthacupuncture.com

http://www.fitpregnancy.com/pregnancy/getting-pregnant/science-finally-knows-why-women-have-more-one-miscarriage

Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine for Asthma – a winning combination

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Asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the lungs and, consequently, a narrowing of the bronchial tubes–also known as the air passages. This makes breathing difficult since the airflow is restricted. Tell-tale signs of asthma include wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and a feeling of tightness in the chest.

The following substances and conditions may cause or worsen the symptoms of asthma:

  • Airborne toxins and allergens (i.e. pollen, mold, dust, and animal dander)
  • Physical activity
  • Cold air
  • Smoke
  • Some medications (i.e. ibuprofen and aspirin)
  • Emotional distress
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
There are also certain risk factors to be aware of. These include being overweight, smoking, having a family member diagnosed with asthma, and/or being afflicted with a separate allergic condition. Conventional medical treatment offers a variety of pharmaceutical drugs, which are specific to the patient’s triggers and symptoms of asthma.  If you suffer from asthma, additional treatment from your Registered Acupuncturist in addition to conventional medical treatment may prove to be a winning combination.

A study called “Immunomodulatory Effects of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Allergic Asthma: A Randomized Controlled Study”, published in 2007 in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, demonstrates the valuable role acupuncture can play in the treatment of symptoms of asthma.

Patients suffering from bronchial asthma were divided into two groups: a control group and a study group. The control group received acupuncture treatments that did not specifically treat their condition, while the study group received the appropriate acupuncture treatments. Before and after each treatment, information was collected on all patients regarding their general well-being and blood work samples gathered.
At the end of the study, it was shown that 79 percent of the study group felt an improvement in their general well-being as opposed to only 47 percent of the control group. Significant improvements in the immune system were detected from the blood samples collected by the study group as well. The authors of the study were able to conclude that acupuncture, in conjunction with standard Western medical treatment, provides outstanding improvements to the immune system.

Additionally, there are a few things one can do at home to help lessen the severity of asthma symptoms. According to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the environment plays an important role in the health of an individual. For example, if one lives in a cold, damp environment, it may prove to be problematic. Not only may the cold contribute to constriction of the bronchial tubes, but the damp air may foster mold or other airborne pollutants that can irritate the air passages as well.

While it may not be possible to move to another climate, it is possible to focus on removing dust, animal dander, and other pollutants from your home. If your home is damp, consider using a dehumidifier, as this will help in eliminating mold. Sometimes breathing in cold air can cause wheezing and trouble breathing, so covering your mouth and nose in an effort to warm your breath may be helpful.

For soothing relief on a cold day, try a nourishing, warm soup. Keep the ingredients simple, such as vegetables, rice, lean meat, and herbs. The less processed and refined your food is, the easier it is on your digestive system. According to TCM theory, phlegm is produced in the stomach, but stored in the lungs. This is a direct reference to the importance of eating well and avoiding phlegm-producing foods. Consider reducing your intake of dairy products, sugar, and fatty foods.

Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising every day will help strengthen your immune system as well. If you are finding it difficult to lose weight and lack motivation to exercise, this is something your Registered Acupuncturist can assist you with. If an addiction to smoking is causing or worsening your symptoms of asthma, there are acupuncture treatment protocols to help reduce cravings for nicotine and other substances.

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call: 905.553.9255 or email: amanda@besthealthacupuncture.com
https://www.acufinder.com/Acupuncture+Information/Detail/Oriental+Medicine+for+Asthma

Sugar-Free, Healthy Banana Bread Recipe!

Enjoy a healthy on-the-go snack with this sugar-free banana bread recipe

Enjoy a healthy on-the-go snack with this sugar-free banana bread recipe

As a non-baker, I was intimidated at the thought of making banana bread. Once I started doing some research I realized that it is a relatively easy recipe and that I already had most of the ingredients in my kitchen. Aside from being easy to make the only other requirement was that it needed to be sugar-free. I found this wonderful recipe online and used honey instead of sugar, almond milk instead of cow’s milk and whole wheat flour instead of white flour. The recipe also allows for other variations such as maple syrup and water (to make it dairy-free). I would think you could also add spelt flour, quinoa flour or even kamut. Check out this link and let me know what you think!

Healthy Banana Bread!

 

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Fibromyalgia & Acupuncture

We got nostalgic today and looked up an article we wrote on fibromyalgia for “Whatever Vaughan” Magazine way back in December 2013. Thought we’d share the link with you here. Enjoy the throwback!

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7th Annual Open House & Health Fair! Sun. May 29 @ 1pm

EVENT FLYER

Join us Sunday May 29 at 1pm for a fun day of learning all about natural health! This year’s theme is ‘patient appreciation’ and we want to celebrate YOU!

  • Lectures and workshops hosted by our practitioners on different health topics
  • Free organic food from Nature’s Emporium
  • Facepainting and art therapy
  • Outdoor Zumba and Yoga classes
  • Raffles and prizes

This event is free to attend. It is open to past and present patients and their families or anyone interested in learning more about natural health!

Hope to see you there. Check out our event flyer for more details.