Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation (periods) is a common health issue among not only young adolescents but women well into their adulthood. Abdominal cramps, back pain and nausea are some of the symptoms associated with dysmenorrhea.
The use of rosebuds is a well-known herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It can be used as tea to reduce painful menstruation. It is simple and effective for most women and it can be used in conjunction with acupuncture and Tui Na (Chinese Therapeutic Massage) to support the treatment.
Some of the benefits of rosebuds tea:
Improves blood circulation
Relieves menstrual cramps/ pain
Maintain womb health
Rich in vitamin C
Excellent for the skin which is an added bonus
Tea Time! Making the perfect cuppa
Use organic rosebuds.
Put a few rosebuds in a small teapot. I use around 6 to 8 rosebuds
Boil some water. Wait a few seconds before pouring it onto the rosebuds.
Let it steep for about 15 to 20 minutes
Drink about two small cups a day
Relaxing Rose Tea Bath
You can use the tea in a warm bath. Make the tea as described above and add the tea to your bath water.
Its pleasant aroma is both relaxing and calming.
You can buy loose organic rosebuds tea from various tea specialists. In the Netherlands you can buy online from:
Tui Na is an effective therapeutic massage. It can be used to treat a number of gynaecological conditions such as irregular menstruation, premenstrual tension (PMT), fibroids, infertility and menopausal ailments.
Tui Na is one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It dates back to 3000BC and is still a popular form of massage therapy in China today. Tui Na has the ability to invigorate and promote the flow of Qi and Blood, dispel pathogenic factors, strengthen the body's immune system, balance Yin and Yang to prevent or alleviate ailments. Other benefits include facilitating movements of joints as well as promoting relaxation by calming the mind.
In treating gynaecological conditions, the treatment involves abdominal release work to resolve disharmony, release knotted fascia and congestion. This therapeutic massage helps to improve blood circulation as well as the smooth flow of Qi in the meridians. It greatly benefits the womb and strengthen Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang.
Tui Na is a valuable treatment in the postpartum period to help the body recover faster.
Different techniques are used not only to tonify the body but to help with relaxation by reducing stress, anxiety and fatigue which are common in the weeks and months following birth. Many women who have experienced this type of therapeutic massage in my practice have reported feeling less stress and less fatigue and having more energy.
I find Tui Na to be an excellent therapy in my work supporting women; whether it is dealing with gynaecological problems or recovering post birth, this therapeutic massage works on different levels to alleviate ailments and promote wellness.
I am very happy to be able to offer this wonderful therapy to all my clients. To find out more and how I can support you with Tui Na, please send an email to email@example.com or call 0616538948
Food is medicine
In my practice, I meet many new mums who are looking for natural ways to support their recovery after birth.
Acupuncture and moxa therapy are excellent ways to boost your health and well-being after having a baby.
However, this is not enough. What you eat and what you choose to put in your body is crucial. Health starts with healthy choices. Nourishing food is essential for a postpartum mama. In a nutshell, I recommend foods which are warming and easy to digest. Warming foods are great as your body has lost a lot of blood and you are more prone to cold pathogenic factors. Easy to digest foods put less strain on your postpartum body. This is a very quick explanation, if you would like to know more about how you can support your body, please book your free 20 minute postpartum consultation. I am more than happy to answer your questions and guide you to full recovery. You don't have to wait till you have your baby to make an appointment.
I have a list of foods and easy recipes which I give out to postpartum mothers as I believe food is medicine and if we want to achieve optimal health, we need to be wise about food.
Here is a quick easy breakfast recipe which is both nourishing and easy to digest for you to enjoy:
Quinoa with blueberries and chopped almonds
1 or 2 cups of quinoa
Handful of blueberries
Handful of chopped almonds
½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
Rice milk or organic milk to serve
Drizzle of honey if desired
Wash quinoa and cook as directed on packaging
Once cooked, put the quinoa in your favorite bowl. Mix in the cinnamon powder well before drizzling some milk over the top.
Add the blueberries and chopped almonds. Add a tiny bit of honey if desired
So why Acupuncture for pregnancy and childbirth
Pregnancy and childbirth are very taxing on the body. Below are some of the common health issues which may lead women to seek further help:
In the first trimestre, some of the health issues which may arise are fatigue, morning sickness, anxiety, spotting/bleeding and threatened miscarriage.
In the second trimestre, headaches, leg cramps, physical discomforts, gestational diabetes may occur.
In the third trimestre, the common issues are edema, lower back ache, hip pain, insomnia, extreme fatigue, anxiety, fear of birth, breech baby, membranes rupture without contractions and over the due date.
Acupuncture can be used safely to reduce the common health issues presented above as well as increasing general wellbeing and emotional wellness. Regular acupuncture treatment during pregnancy can significantly reduce complications during pregnancy and childbirth (reduced caesarean sections and medical interventions). Mother's health is greatly improved and the positive effects can last well into the postpartum period. As the acupuncture treatment improves blood flow and tackle any disharmonies in the body, the baby also benefits from the treatments.
For more information about acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth, please get in touch
From 35 weeks, the weekly treatments are focused on preparing the mother for birth. Studies have shown that weekly acupuncture treatment help with the softening of the cervix, relaxes uterine ligaments, increases optimal positioning of the baby, promotes efficient uterine contractions during birth, and increases stamina. pre birth treatment must not be confused with labour induction. they are two very different treatments. birth preparation with acupuncture focuses not only on preparing the body physically for birth but preparing emotionally for the birth as well.
In a 2004 study (betts & lennox), it was found that there was an overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions and for first time mothers this was a 43% reduction in the number requiring an induction. There was a further 31% reduction in the use of epidural and a further 32% reduction in emergency caesarean. Acupuncture during pregnancy is safe for both mothers and babies. Recent studies have shown that there are no complications associated with the use of acupuncture during pregnancy.
In my practice, women who have received pre birth treatments have reported a smooth labour with no complications and a faster recovery post birth.
For more information about pre birth treatment and to schedule an appointment, please contact me here