Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs & Women's Health

By Rhonda Witmer

Acupuncture has many benefits for women’s health from puberty to menopause. Through the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs we can heal the body, mind and spirit, which are called the “Three Treasures” in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used to address health concerns from infertility to pregnancy issues and postpartum care for both mother and baby. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used to aide early pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and low appetite. During second and third trimesters, they can be used to alleviate sore back/hips, urgency to urinate and pelvic pain. They can even help with things like stalled labor, an overdue baby, babies who don’t want to descend into the birth canal, cervical ripening, cervical opening and lactation issues.

Acupuncture has also been used to turn breech babies with great success. Typically, only two to three acupuncture treatments along with Chinese herbs, which are safe for mom and baby, are needed to turn baby and ensure correct position for a healthy and successful delivery.

Perimenopause and menopause can also be challenging as women transition into the next stage. Women in perimenopause and menopause may experience low libido, mental fog, night sweating and insomnia. These can be addressed with acupuncture and TCM through the heart channel pathway to ensure peaceful sleep from the heart “fire.”

If you decide to try acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat your health concerns, chose a practitioner who is board certified through NCCAOM.org, which means he or she has 3,000 hours of education, clinical experience and completes continuing education regularly.

Rhonda Witmer, LAc, MoAM operates Harvest Seed Acupuncture at the Noble Chiropractic office in Northfield. She can be reached at 507-645-8242 or harvestseedacupuncture@gmail.com.

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