Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Is Acupuncture during pregnancy safe?

Pregnancy is a transformational and exciting time in a new families life. It can bring so many different emotions and symptoms with it. From joy, anticipation, fear and worry, to nausea, fatigue, physical discomfort and more.

The first and most common question we get is “is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?”.

The answer is YES, absolutely.

By working with a trained and licensed care provider, and someone who specializes in pregnancy care, you are in good hands during your pregnancy.

With all the poking and prodding that comes along with pregnancy, getting stuck with needles voluntarily probably seems like the last thing you’d want to do. But when it comes to banishing some pregnancy woes, many moms-to-be sing the praises of acupuncture. 

A few of the benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy:

Acupuncture eases nausea

Pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting are common among women, particularly in the first and second trimesters. Acupuncture helps to ease the severity of these symptoms and support the body.

Acupuncture relieves pain

Women experience discomfort in all stages of their pregnancy, whether it’s pelvic pain, hip pain, lower back pain or ligament pain. Acupuncture is a safe, natural and effective way to improves these complaints.

Acupuncture reduces stress

Stress can have a negative impact on the pregnant body and the development of your baby. Acupuncture helps to calm the nervous system and reduce stress in the body which is beneficial to both mum and babe.

What can acupuncture during pregnancy treat?

During pregnancy, acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat the following conditions :

  • Miscarriage prevention
  • Morning sickness (nausea and vomiting)
  • Fatigue
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Breech and posterior positions
  • Edema (fluid retention)
  • Constipation
  • Acid reflux
  • Sinusitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pain
  • Induction
  • Cervical Ripening

 

 

Stefanie Miska is a Dr. TCM, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a practice focus on reproductive care. Call 1 778 400 6360 to schedule a consult.

 

 

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Cosmetic Acupuncture product highlight – Miiko Skin Co.

My favourite products to use during cosmetic acupuncture treatments

During cosmetic acupuncture treatments, and especially while doing gua sha, it is essential to have good (actually… great) quality products. This is why I swear by Miiko Skin co. and their line of facial serums.

Not only do they have products for every skin type, Miiko is also a locally owned business that prides itself in ingredient integrity and sustainability.

Your skin is the largest organ in the human body and can ingest many of the ingredients it is exposed to.

As you have previously read, facial rejuvenation acupuncture addresses imbalances from the inside out, and making sure you are using clean products on your face is a very important part of that equation!

“How come the picture of health has only included diet and exercise when there is evidence showing the ingredients we are ingesting everyday through our skin and lungs can contribute to obesity, hormone disruption, cancer, and cardiovascular disease”.

But wait… are you worried facial oil will just make your face MORE oily??

It might seem counter intuitive to use an oil based product to treat acne and oily skin types but have you ever heard of the phrase “fighting fire with fire”?

Your skin naturally produces oil and when it is chronically stripped of its oil with harsh soaps or oil-free products, it will go into overdrive to try and balance its oil production.

You do not need to worry about feeling greasy, this product absorbs quickly and immediately makes it look and feel more hydrated.

How it all comes together

When you come in for a facial rejuvenation acupuncture session, I will apply a facial serum to prep your skin for gua sha. This helps the gua sha tool glide smoothly over the skin to increase blood flow and circulation. Then you receive facial rejuvenation acupuncture and relax with the needles in for about 20 minutes.

You leave feeling refreshed, vibrant and renewed.

 

To inquire about local or virtual skin consults please contact us at 1 778 400 6360 / hello@stefaniemiska.com

 

Read more about hormones and skin care, on a guest blog post over at Miiko Skin Co. here.

 

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What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture is one part of the overall treatment plan when you come in for cosmetic acupuncture.

This cosmetic treatment is an extension of traditional acupuncture.  It can naturally help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier.

Unlike injection procedures, facial acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging, but also the skin’s overall health.

But, how does it work?

During a treatment, tiny needles are placed in acupuncture points on the face. This causes micro trauma to the skin, which signals the body to send collagen, qi and blood, directly to the area to heal.

As the needle punctures the skin, it creates a wound, which is called a positive micro trauma. This sends your body into repair mode. Similar to micro needling, which uses hundreds of pricks through a rolling device, this is a similar function… just a little less intense (using less needles).

From a western medicine perspective, the bodies responds to these micro traumas by increasing blood flow and the production of collagen and elastin for wound healing. Due to the superficial level of the needles, it may also stimulate neurotransmitter production.

From the Chinese Medicine perspective, the acupuncture needles increase the flow of blood and qi to the area of insertion which enhances colour, vibrancy and has an overall ‘lifting’ effect.

Are there any negative side effects?

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is very safe with minimal side effects.

Occasionally the face is flushed after treatment due to the increase in blood flow.

Very rarely bruising can happen, which clears up on its own within a few days.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is not only for people who already have wrinkles or problem skin

Many people prefer to get started early and take a preventative approach. As with any form of treatment, the earlier the better! This treatment is very effective at reducing the signs of aging and can be used preventatively, which can slow the onset of wrinkles and problem areas and will save money and time in the long run.

 

 

To inquire about local or virtual skin consults please contact us at 1 778 400 6360 / hello@stefaniemiska.com

 

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Gua Sha Facial Treatment

What the heck is gua sha anyway?

Traditional Chinese Medicine has used this treatment for a very long time and for a wide variety of ailments.

When I first learned about Gua Sha in acupuncture school, we used soup spoons and salsa lids to gentle scrape the skin until redness began to show.

Gua sha, which translates to ‘scraping’ is a healing practice in which the practitioner take a round edge, flat tool, and using a generous amount of pressure, pulls it across the skin to increase blood flow.

This redness is called transient therapeutic petechiae; while it is desired during body treatments, lighter and more gentle pressure is applied to the face to avoid this outcome.

I first started using this method in my practice for complaints such as physical aches and pains, cold and flu symptoms, and headaches.

It has gained popularity in recent years as the benefits of applying it during cosmetic acupuncture treatments has become more evident.

Using gua sha during facial rejuvenation acupuncture

When done on the face, gua sha can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, restore firmness and elasticity, promote a bright complexion, relieve jaw tension, reduce sinus congestion, promote lymphatic drainage, and decrease puffiness.

A recent study stated that gua sha increases surface microperfusion. Simply, this means increase blood flow (which as you might remember from my previous post – increases all those good things like collagen flow, into the skin tissue).

Facial gua sha is a wonderful way to aid lymphatic drainage out of the face and down the neck.

Is gua sha for me?

Gua sha is for everybody! (almost) If you have had botox or other fillers recently, or have broken skin or large areas of acne, best to check in with your practitioner.

Remember that the skin on your face can be sensitive and always better to start with light, gently pressure as you are learning.

I use gua sha as part of my cosmetic acupuncture treatments, and offer a quick tutorial for patients to continue this self treatment at home between sessions.

I also work with clients remotely who are looking for support for their skin. You can inquire about either of these services by calling 1 778 400 6360 or emailing hello@stefaniemiska.com.

 

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