Your Healthiest Pregnancy
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has always stressed that a woman needs to take special care of herself during pregnancy and in the weeks following childbirth, as it is an incredibly demanding time for your body. Acupuncture, TCM and naturopathic medicine provides a safe and natural way to alleviate some of the unwanted side effects of pregnancy, as well as prepare your body for labour, ease pain during labour, and promote recovery after delivering your baby.
Our highly skilled practitioners work closely with many obstetricians, doctors and midwives in Vancouver to help women throughout all stages of their pregnancy naturally.
Do these symptoms sound familiar?
- Morning sickness
- Persistent feeling of queasiness
- Lower back pain and sciatica
- Rib, hip or pelvic girdle pain
- Painful varicose veins
- Headaches or migraines
- History of previous miscarriages
- Placenta previa
- Breech presentation
We know how you feel, and we know we can help.
That’s because we’ve helped thousands just like you since opening our clinic in 2000.
We have developed natural treatment protocols to address a wide range of painful symptoms and conditions related to pregnancy and conditions related to pregnancy and birth, including:
Research indicates that up to 80% of pregnant women experience morning sickness during pregnancy. Morning sickness is a sign you’re producing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is made as the embryo develops. Whether you’re experiencing feelings of queasiness with a loss of appetite, intense vomiting to the point of dehydration, or fall somewhere in between, weekly acupuncture treatments have been shown to help alleviate nausea and vomiting. Read more
BACKACHE, SCIATICA AND/OR PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN
As your belly continues to grow and your pregnancy hormones relax your muscles, your back may begin to ache. Pain in your hips and around the pubic bone is also common, and may cause you considerable discomfort as well as difficulty walking, climbing stairs, and even getting out of bed. Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture is effective in reducing backache, and to be more effective than physiotherapy in relieving pain and improving mobility for women experiencing pelvic girdle pain. Read more
Women who have suffered a miscarriage experience anxiety and depression, and may be especially worried about the prospect of trying to get pregnant again. Miscarriages are more common than we think and may occur up to 50% of the time during the first trimester. The vast majority of women who have experienced a miscarriage go on to have a healthy pregnancy. Even women who have suffered multiple pregnancy losses have an excellent chance of carrying a baby to term. Read more
At Acubalance, we have successfully treated patients with all types of previa using a multidisciplinary approach that includes acupuncture, naturopathy and Chinese medicine. The treatments we use are safe, natural and effective for this condition.
A ripe (soft) cervix facilitates a better birth, reduces your need for pain medication, and lowers your risk of needing a caesarean section. We encourage pregnant women to begin cervical ripening acupuncture treatments at 36 weeks and continue weekly until the birth. Acubalance’s natural treatment protocol focuses primarily on ripening (softening) the cervix and preparing your body for the labour process, but also encompasses other aspects of preparing you for the birth of your child. Read more
We use acupuncture and moxibustion to address breech presentation, as both have been shown to be effective treatments that gently encourage the baby to turn into the correct, head down position. These treatments are comfortable, completely safe and highly effective ways to help turn a breech baby without increasing the chance of ruptured membranes. Read more
Acupuncture and other non-invasive natural approaches are used to gently encourage labour and stimulate contractions. Read more
HEADACHE / MIGRAINES
Occasional headaches during pregnancy are perfectly normal and can be caused by a variety of physiological and emotional changes related to pregnancy, such as increased blood volume and stress. A more severe form of headache is a migraine. Migraine headaches cause moderate to severe throbbing pain, typically on one side of the head. They last from 4-72 hours if untreated and are aggravated by physical activity. They can also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and noise. Experts estimate that about 1 in 5 women have a migraine headache at some time in their lives, and about 15% of migraine sufferers get migraines for the first time when they're pregnant -- most often in the first trimester. Read more
PAIN RELIEF DURING LABOUR
Acupressure is a safe, natural, and effective way to manage the discomforts of labour. It has been proven to be just as effective -- if not more so -- as acupuncture during labour. Read more
PREGNANCY VIDEO LIBRARY
Chinese Medicine has always stressed that a women needs to take special care of herself during pregnancy and in the weeks following childbirth. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provide a safe and natural way for you to alleviate some of the unwanted side effects of pregnancy, relieve pain during labour, ease birth and promote recovery after delivering your baby. Read more
How It Works
We address the root cause
Instead of the mainstream medical approach that focuses on treating symptoms, we treat the whole person to help restore you to your ideal state of health. We dig deep and give you a complete health audit, looking for the underlying causes that are currently preventing you from experiencing vitality and optimal health.
We use an all natural approach that your doctor may not be familiar with
Our individual sessions include one or more treatments from the best combination of modern and traditional medicine: functional medicine, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, naturopathy, low level laser therapy (LLLT)/photobiomodulation, IV nutritional drips, diet therapy, lifestyle counseling, and mind-body stress reduction tools. You deserve to be pain free.
We help you awaken your body's own healing abilities
Your body is innately capable of healing, and it is absolutely possible for you to take control and resolve your symptoms naturally. We help bring your body back into balance so it can regain its innate self-regulating functions and truly heal itself.
We keep it simple and results are quick
Resolving your symptoms doesn’t have to be difficult or take a long time. Simple lifestyle and diet changes, along with our targeted natural therapies, offer a straightforward and speedy plan of attack.
We focus on how you FEEL -- not just the lab results or numbers
We will provide you with ongoing support every step of the way. Your practitioner will monitor your progress to ensure you are starting to feel better, and where appropriate will adjust your treatment as you improve. We will be there to discuss any worries or concerns you may have, and provide you with ongoing lifestyle and diet coaching to help you manage stress and stay on track. Within a few weeks, you should notice significant changes in your symptoms and overall sense of well-being.
Our approach ALWAYS includes stress reduction
Stress is often one of the causes that may be exacerbating your symptoms. As part of our treatment protocol, we teach you very simple ways to enhance sleep and relaxation that will support your body’s natural healing system.
The Process Is Simple
Free 15-minute Discovery Call
During your free discovery call, you and our clinician will discuss your case, medical history, any medications you’re taking, and most important of all, your goals. We want to be certain that our program will meet your needs and there is a high probability of success for you before we move on to the next step.
Detailed Assessment & Treatment Plan
Once your discovery call is complete and you agree to move forward, the next step is your intake appointment. At this appointment, your clinician will take a detailed assessment of your symptom patterns, medical history and other relevant factors, in order to determine the root cause of your issue and devise a specific plan catered to you.
Your first acupuncture session will be performed at this time, and you will be given a detailed treatment plan with easy-to-follow instructions. Your plan may include dietary and lifestyle adjustments as well as key supplements and herbal medicines to address the root causes of your endometriosis.
Active Treatment & Symptom Resolution
You’ll return for regular visits (exact frequency to be determined by your practitioner) to ensure close support as you begin to feel the positive shifts of the therapy. We want to make sure your treatment plan is yielding the expected results:
- Significant reduction in pain
- Normal menstrual flow
- More regular periods
- Healthy, stable mood
- Abundant energy and restful sleep
You’ll also receive acupuncture and/or low level laser therapy (LLLT/photobiomodulation) at each visit. This will ensure that your neuroendocrine system -- which is the delicate connection between your nervous and hormonal systems -- is rebalancing in a way that results in continued optimal hormonal balance.
Transitional Care As Your Condition Stabilizes
Once we see stable improvements, we will begin to reduce the frequency of your visits. This usually occurs after about 8-12 visits. Typically you would start out coming every other week, then once a month for a couple of visits, and then you will no longer need regular treatments.
We’ll be here in case you ever want to come in for a tune-up or to address other health concerns.
Of course, many of our patients do wish to continue with “ongoing maintenance” and we are happy to work that out with you, should that be your wish.
Taking Care of Your Friends and Loved Ones
We pride ourselves on the fact that 80% of our new patients have been referred to us by our past patients or people in the community who have witnessed their friends and loved ones receiving life-changing benefits from our work.
So we very much look forward to helping your friends, family, and loved ones on their journey to a more joyful, energetic and purposeful life.
An Unparalleled Track Record of Excellence
Our mission is simple: Exceptional Caring. Exceptional Results.
Over a year ago I experienced a devastating miscarriage at almost 19 weeks. After months of testing to see if there was a reason behind the loss I was told nothing was wrong, these things happen and I was finally cleared to try to get pregnant again…Read more »
I came to Acubalance in desperation, unsure of what acupuncture and moxibustion was all about; I was willing to try anything to get the baby to turn. I was planning a home birth and if the baby didn't turn in time, I would be scheduled for a C-section. I felt overwhelmed and full of anxiety. Raeghan was warm, caring and professional… Read more »
I want to thank Dr. Emilie so much for helping me through a very anxious time of my life. I do believe that processing and preparing myself for the birth helped open the space needed to bring in this second child in the natural way it was meant to be. It is all interconnected. I felt supported and I trusted that my body could do what it was designed to do. Read more »
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