Turning a Breech baby with Chinese Medicine
I am Dr. Patricia Gilmartin. In the past twenty years of practicing Chinese Medicine, namely acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, I have had the opportunity to work with many women who discover, at the end of there pregnancy, that there baby is presenting breech. I am happy to say Chinese medicine is a highly effective way to reverse this condition and get the baby “heading” in the right direction.
It can happen in as little as one treatment but may take a few to completely turn the baby. It is a very peaceful, comfortable, painless way to help your baby turn.
The treatment typically involves 6 to 8 acupuncture needs in various point on the arms and legs and a technique known as moxibustion. Moxibustion involves the use of an herb called Artemisia Vulgaris, the common name being Mugwort. The herb is rolled into a paper tube which resembles a large cigar. The end is light with a lighter until a nice glowing ember is present. At this point certain acupuncture points are heated with the rolled herb by circling over the point about an inch from the skin.
It is a pleasant warm feeling and the room is well ventilated. I have successfully “flipper” many breech babies and am always fascinated to be part of the experience. I once witness the baby turning completely to the proper position right before my eyes on the treatment table while the mother peacefully napped.
For more information contact Dr. Patricia Gilmartin at Center of Balance 1130 Ten Rod Rd Building B suite 204, North Kingstown, RI 02852 (401) 886-7636
Natural Fertility in Rhode Island
Rhode Island natural fertility Blog, brought to you by the Center Of Balance. Today more and more women and men are seeking help with their fertility issues through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). ART was originally designed for people with structural issues who would not be able to conceive without medical intervention to overcome the structure impediment causing their infertility. However, in the last decade, a growing percentage of women and men with “unexplained infertility” have been turning to ART for their “sub” fertility solutions. Unfortunately, for a large number of these people it may not be necessary.
Fertility problems fall into two basic categories: The first is structural problems impeding the process, such as blocked fallopian tubes in women or in men an obstruction i.e. scare tissue effecting sperm quality and count; the second is Hormonal Imbalances and or Nutritional Deficiencies, which lead to things like “unexplained infertility” or PCOS in women and decreased sperm, count in men.
When the problem is structural often times western medical assistance is necessary however even in these cases studies have shown (Source: http://www.healthcmi.com/acupuncturist-news-online/691-acupunctureinfertilityivfpid) that using acupuncture for fertility, herbs and nutritional enhancement increases your chances of becoming pregnant.
For the second problem, hormonal and or nutritional issues, using natural methods can restore the rhythm of your reproductive system and help you achieve a healthy pregnancy, naturally. Acupuncture, appropriately prescribed herbs, supplements and extensive nutritional counseling are natural, effective methods to reach this goal. Before a couple considers reproductive endocrinology and the use of artificial means to become pregnant I believe we should all give our bodies the tools and the opportunity to regain health and conceive naturally.
While every situation is unique, there are a few basic things that everyone should consider when experiencing “sub” fertility.
I recommend first having a thorough medical exam including minor procedures to confirm that there are no structural problems also blood tests to determine if your thyroid is working normally and that your FSH and LH (these are specific reproductive hormones) are in the right ratio with one another. In addition, I have all of my patients chart their cycle which includes basal body temperature, using ovulation predictor kits and recording cervical mucus changes. This information gives the practitioner great insight into the workings of the woman’s cycle and what the problem may be. With this information the correct course of treatment can be planned.
The other part of the natural fertility enhancement protocol is nutrition. You are what you eat and your baby is too, even before conception. What you put into your body is affecting the quality and the strength of your eggs and sperm, many months before you even try to conceive. There are general food guidelines that everyone should follow, there are particular fertility foods that should be added to your diet and there are depleting and toxic “food like substances” that should be avoided.
Foods like: carrots, parsley, dill, celery and parsnips are all considered fertility enhancing; sugar, excessive starchy carbs and coffee are not. The general rule with starchy carbs is—100 grams or less per day if you are at or close to your ideal weight, 70grams of less if you are overweight. Full fat dairy is another fertility enhancing food to benefit the quality of the eggs.
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Let us first define the terms.
Magic is when something happen, how and why it happens is a mystery.
Cooking is putting ingredients together and adding heat. The ingredients transform into something different.
Fertility is when you put an egg and sperm together and make a baby.
The common threads in cooking and fertility are: timing, ingredients and the temperature all have to be right. So cooking and fertility are a lot alike.
Next, cooking and fertility with magic: something happens, how and why it happens is a mystery. This was my definition of magic right? But it’s also true of cooking and fertility.
“Experts” can talk about the science behind cooking and fertility but does anyone really know why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t? I’ve followed recipes to the letter and made total disasters; better yet, “unexplained infertility?” It means there’s nothing wrong with you yet you can’t fall pregnant. A mystery!
Why does connecting any of this matter? Because I see the stress women and couples are under when fertility becomes an issue and I have witness the magic of what can happen when women start cooking and eating real food. I mean really cooking, not heating something from a box. In my experience, very often, “unexplained infertility” comes from a lack of nutrition. One of the best treatments is to stop eating and drinking junk and start cooking food!
Cooking leads to a healthier, calmer life style. The entire process is a peaceful nurturing ritual we have lost. Remember what it feels like to have a home cooked meal? It feels really good. Your parasympathetic system (i.e. feed and breed mode) needs to be turned back on. Cook more and turn the magic back on in your body and soul. Heck maybe you’ll even make love in the kitchen that could be double magic.
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Center Of Balance 901 Main St, East Greenwich, RI 02818 (401) 886-7636