Acupuncture for Pregnancy: Conception Success without Side Effects

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The science behind acupuncture and pregnancy

While it is understandable that many people are still skeptical about the technique and methodology behind TCM, we can apply the results in a Western scientific manner, more readily conciliated to our deep-rooted ideas about medicine. As it relates to pregnancy, acupuncture: 

  • Reduces the presence of the stress hormone cortisol, linked to a whole range of dysfunction in Western medicine. 
  • Increases blood flow to the reproductive organs
  • Balances the endocrine system

When combined with traditional treatments for female infertility, studies have shown that acupuncture significantly improves the chance for conception. 

The beauty of acupuncture for pregnancy…

…is that there are virtually no side effects compared to more traditional treatments. Fertility drugs can cause a woman to become nauseus, bloated and sore, while also causing her to gain weight. If you are interested in finding out how acupuncture can empower your chances for conception and a healthy pregnancy from start to finish, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today. 

Acupuncture for Fertility in Brooklyn

acupuncture for fertility in Brooklyn


Acupuncture is effective at relieving stress and thus, increasing chances of conception

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, stress acts as a traffic jammer, preventing the free flow of energy throughout the body. This is most easily related to the Western idea that stress causes muscle tension- in both cases, circulation to muscles is reduced, causing pain tightness and limited range of motion. Acupuncture seeks to unblock these pathways to help the energy flow smoothly. 

  • Acupuncture naturally regulates the body’s chemical balance 
  • Acupuncture releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals.
  • Acupuncture improves circulation of blood through the body, oxygenating tissues
  • Acupuncture facilitates the flushing out of waste chemicals such as cortisol
  • Acupuncture helps to decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure and relax muscles. 

Acupuncture is an amazing way to treat stress without drugs or therapy; the process itself is relaxing and influences calm for days after treatment. 

Acupuncture is an effective method for treating infertility in Brooklyn

Stress is a good place to look when fertility tests have determined that no clear medical reason exists for your infertility. At our office in Park Slope, we focus on using acupuncture to improve fertility in the following ways: 

  • Reducing stress: stress has a great impact on fertility.
  • Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, including the ovaries and uterus, boosting the likelihood of an egg being nourished and carried through pregnancy. 
  • Balancing the endocrine system

If you are looking for an alternative to standard infertility treatments, it is worth trying acupuncture; give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.

Postpartum: Improving Low Milk Supply with Acupuncture

For new mother’s struggling to breastfeed because of low milk supply, acupuncture offers an alternative approach to stimulating milk production. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, low milk supply is linked to an insufficient flow of energy through the body. From a TCM perspective, the blood supply that nourished the placenta is converted into breast milk once the baby is born. This requires a certain amount of energy regulation that can be negatively impacted by loss of sleep, tending to the baby around the clock, and exhaustion from labor.  

A woman’s natural ability to produce milk is subject to myriad factors which can negatively impact quality and quantity of milk production. To this end, TCM is applied uniquely to each individual. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we screen the individual for her particular impediment and create a course of chiropractic and acupuncture treatment that will help increase energy and improve milk supply.

Acupuncture is an external technique that focuses on stimulating milk production and release. Acupuncture works to stimulate milk secretion after childbirth by increasing prolactin levels in the blood. We can also positively impact breast milk production with nutrition. Herbal supplements and a protein-rich diet that includes organic, free range poultry and red meat form the basis of a healthy milk supply for your newborn. For a holistic approach to creating a healthful, productive supply of milk postpartum, call our office in Park Slope at (718) 398-3100 .

Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C. L.Ac

Post-Partum Acupuncture

With so much information and research devoted to fertility and the maintenance of a healthy pregnancy, it is easy to overlook the post-partum period. This too is a period of great hormonal upheaval and your body deserves a support network dedicated to helping you recover from labor and birth. Traditional Chinese Medicine dictates that a new mother’s qi and blood flow is significantly lowered after delivery. Besides treating post-partum and regulating hormonal imbalance, acupuncture after birth focuses on returning blood flow to the entire body and maximizing her qi.

It can stimulate milk production and is beneficial for many common post-partum ailments including:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mastitis
  • C-section recovery
  • Hemorrhoids

Receiving acupuncture treatment after birth is just as vital to a new mother as it is to a woman in the throes of the second trimester. At Community Chiropractic and Acupuncture, we are experienced in using acupuncture to increase the mother’s flow of healing energy. I can offer you professional perspective and insight that will give you a better understanding of what your body is going through and how you can participate in returning your body to a state of ideal reproductive health. 

Congratulations on your new child! Let us help you to fully access the wonders of newfound motherhood by keeping your body in a state of good health and recovery. Call our office in Park Slope at (718) 398-3100.

Dr. Karen A. Thomas, D.C., L.Ac.

Second-trimester acupuncture

The second trimester is generally the most prosperous period of pregnancy. The period of intense hormonal change in the first trimester gives way to feelings of joy and excitement for what is to come. Women in this phase of their pregnancy (between weeks 13 and 27) can still reap the benefits of acupuncture. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope, we use acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to maintain the health of the baby and mother-to-be at all phases of the pregnancy. 

Acupuncture in the second trimester can help with a variety of commonly occurring ailments. By releasing endorphins, the body’s pain-killing chemical, acupuncture can ease the back pain brought on by the increasing weight and shifting center of gravity that the baby causes. Other regular complaints that we treat with acupuncture during the second trimester include:

  • Edema (swelling)
  • Heartburn
  • High-blood pressure
  • Hyper-tension
  • Insomnia
  • Stress/anxiety

Each problem will respond to a different set of acupuncture points. When performed properly, acupuncture is a safe and effective method for easing the common discomforts of pregnancy. The frequency of treatment you receive depends on your individual situation; if you have a specific complaint that has been interfering with your pregnancy, let us know so we can address it together. Call our office in Brooklyn at (718) 398-3100.

Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C., L.Ac.

First Trimester Acupuncture continued

Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to drug therapy for many pregnancy complaints. At Community Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Park Slope, our goal is to enhance the wellness of mother and child from conception to birth and beyond, using careful consideration, and the highest of safety standards. I want to show you how acupuncture can ease painful symptoms, reduce stress and ensure the proper growth and nurturing of the fetus from day one.

Acupuncture in the first trimester is highly effective at combatting the nausea of morning sickness and reducing stress levels of the mother, but it is also beneficial to the developing fetus. The placenta connects the fetus and the uterine wall, allowing the mother to move nutrients to the fetus and for the fetus to dispose of waste and carbon dioxide through the mother’s blood supply. By improving blood flow to the placenta, acupuncture facilitates an enhanced flow of nutrients from the mother to her developing fetus.

Acupuncture is a wonderful and safe option for supporting the optimal health of the mother and fetus during its early stages of development. I am a specialist in acupuncture for pregnancy and have been a member of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine since 1997. You can be confident that your body and your pregnancy will be treated with the utmost skill and care. If you are looking to optimize the health of your pregnancy through the power of acupuncture, I urge you to call our office in Brooklyn at (718) 398-3100.

Dr. Karen A. Thomas, D.C., L.Ac.

Acupuncture for First-Trimester Pregnancies

How can you ease the discomforts of pregnancy and fight back against the aches without the use of medication? For many women in the early stages of pregnancy, suffering from mild to severe symptoms of morning sickness, this is a question that can be answered with acupuncture. It is a safe treatment that is shown to relieve symptoms of nausea and vomiting and reduce stress levels during the first phase of pregnancy. At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture, you can trust in being treated by a licensed practitioner who has a wealth of experience using acupuncture to support the maintenance of a healthy pregnancy.

In the first trimester, as the body commences with fetal development and prepares for the physical changes to come, hormonal adjustments can cause stress and irritability, raising cortisol levels. Raised cortisol levels can hamper progesterone production, a hormone that nurtures the fetus. Acupuncture works to correct the imbalance of hormones by boosting the body’s production of endorphins, naturally lowering cortisol levels.

An early side effect of pregnancy that tends to show up between weeks six and seven is the nausea associated with morning sickness. These external symptoms are likely caused by intense hormonal changes in the body. We focus on gently needling points along the insides of the wrists, which has been shown to ease the severity of nausea and vomiting during the first trimester.

We want to maximize your health and the health of your baby from day one of your pregnancy; acupuncture is an effective tool in this endeavor. If you are seeking the benefits of acupuncture to support the early phase of your pregnancy, call our office in Park Slope at (718) 398-3100.

Dr. Karen A. Thomas, D.C., L.Ac. 

Acupuncture for Fertility

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Acupuncture is the practice of gently inserting thin needles into strategic points along the body. There are fourteen major pathways known as meridians which regulate the flow of qi, or energy, throughout the body and its internal organs. In this immense network, there are over 2,000 points that can be used to treat all forms of body disharmony. For couples looking to become pregnant, acupuncture increases the chance of conception without the side effects associated with fertility drugs.

I am excited about acupuncture’s role in treating infertility. Acupuncture facilitates enhanced blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, which means a higher amount of nutrients flowing to the egg.  It reduces stress and balances the endocrine system, which is vital to a woman’s chance of conceiving.

When stress is reduced, great things happen! Acupuncture reduces stress, which is linked to fertility in both men and women. When stress is elevated, the hormone cortisol is released in higher volumes, creating endocrine system imbalance. This balance is vital to the entire conception process. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins in the brain, which negates the effects of cortisol release. Your mood will improve and so will your chances of pregnancy.

Fertility drugs do improve pregnancy chances, but are linked to side effects such as bloating, weight gain and nausea. Acupuncture, achieves the same end goal with little to no side effect. It stimulates the hypothalamus to maintain healthy homeostasis, balances the entire endocrine system and regulates reproductive hormones. I have experience and expertise to offer you in your quest to conceive. Call our office in Park Slope today at (718) 398-3100.

Karen A. Thomas D.C., L.Ac.