Pregnancy Care

The joy of pregnancy can be easily tarnished with the reality of swollen legs, back pain, nausea and anxiety. Chinese Medicine has well established protocols for addressing all of these distressing symptoms. And let’s face it, maintaining a pregnancy and going through labour is extremely taxing on the female body; pregnant women need all the help they can get!

There are two particular things (amongst many others) that a Chinese Medicine Doctor can contribute to a women’s pregnancy. The first is tending to the musculo-skeletal system. A CM doctor will pay close attention to a woman’s lower back, hips and pelvis, relieving tension and ensuring there is ample circulation of Qi and Blood. This is particularly important in the last trimester, to ensure good birth preparation.

The second significant thing is to use Chinese herbal medicine. This is particularly helpful for nausea and vomiting but it will also be used to ensure there is an adequate reserve of nourishment for mother and baby. And please be assured: our herbal formulas are absolutely safe and manufactured under strict guidelines; what’s good for the mother is good for the baby!

Chinese Medicine always takes an individualised approach to treatment. It has an elaborate system of diagnostic analysis that adapts to the specific symptoms and body signs that any one person presents. The full range of Chinese Medicine skills including acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine offer a reliable and reputable treatment option for the management of pregnancy.

The Shen Adelaide team of Chinese Medicine doctors has decades of experience in assisting with all aspects of pregnancy and birth preparation.


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Labour Pain:  Level Two – Evidence of Potential Positive Effect 

Pregnancy & Back or Pelvic Pain: Level Two – Evidence of Potential Positive Effect 

Conditions with Level Two evidence have good support of efficacy, but require further research.


Assisted Conception:  Level Three – Weak or Unclear Evidence of Efficacy

Induction of Labour:  Level Three – Weak or Unclear Evidence of Efficacy 

Post-Natal Depression:  Level Three – Weak or Unclear Evidence of Efficacy 

Level Three evidence is applied to conditions that have not yet shown clear, consistent results. Keep in mind that any single study demonstrating a positive effect is insufficient; it is only after a series of consistent studies that science will draw a positive conclusion. And please also keep in mind that ‘lack of evidence of efficacy’ is not the same thing as ‘evidence of lack of efficacy’!


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