Archive | Pregnancy

Why I stayed home and ate a lot for a month

Many women in Asia, particularly in China and Taiwan, look forward to the month after giving birth. Why, you may wonder. There is a tradition called “sitting moon,” which has been practiced for many years. This is a time when women stay home for the entire month after having a baby. The idea is that […]

Acupuncture Supports IVF Pregnancy Success

Today many couples are going through IVF and fertility treatments. At Tao of Wellness, we treat patients going through different stages of their fertility journey, including IVF treatments. We are honored to be a part of such a precious journey of creating a new family. Chinese medicine has been used in China for centuries to […]

Natural Strategies for Coping with Morning Sickness

Among pregnant women, more than 50 percent experience morning sickness. This can be one of the first signs that someone is pregnant. Morning sickness may last through the first trimester, but some women experience symptoms throughout their whole pregnancy. Typical symptoms include sensitivity to smells, mild to severe nausea and vomiting. Extreme cases may need […]

Decreasing Toxic Chemicals During Preganancy

We all know about the guidelines from the CDC for pregnant women to eat fish no more than two times a week to prevent high mercury levels in their bodies. But what about bisphenol-A, dioxins, formaldehyde, pesticides, flame retardants, and more than 200 other chemicals found in babies’ umbilical cord blood? Studies by the Environmental […]

A Fertility Story of Tragedy and Triumph

Miscarriage is one of the more heartbreaking issues to confront for couples that are struggling to start a family. Traditional Chinese medicine views each person and their miscarriage history individually, allowing for a customized solution, often integrating with other medical interventions. Certain hormonal imbalances or circulatory blockages that lead to miscarriage can be corrected with […]

Acupuncture for Prenatal Care

Pregnancy is an exciting and beautiful experience in a woman’s life. It is also a period of vulnerability for the expectant mother because of the many changes. Many women tend to accept the discomfort and issues as a “normal” part of pregnancy. Fortunately, acupuncture is safe and effective for dealing with these problems. It is […]

Pregnancy Care with Chinese Medicine

Pregnancy is both an exciting and anxiety-provoking experience for   a couple. When pregnant, a woman goes through dramatic physical and emotional changes. By understanding and preparing her body for these changes and acquiring the know-how to optimize her own health and that of the fetus, a woman can experience her pregnancy in a meaningful and […]

Sitting Moon: A New Book from Tao of Wellness Press

My esteemed associate, Jessica Chen, L.Ac., and I decided to write a book that would inform new mothers and health professionals of the ideal way, often the traditional way, to go through postpartum. Sitting Moon is for women who want to feel good during postpartum and build an optimal foundation for future well-being. If you […]

New Life: A Healthy Journey into Motherhood

The birth of your child is a priceless moment in your life. Your heart is filled with an overwhelming, unexplainable sensation of joy. What now? Well, you can start by taking care of yourself. To be a better mom, you need first to be a healthy mom so you can survive the delicate period of […]

Acupuncture Effective in Turning Breech Babies

When labor begins, close to 97% of babies born assume the head-down position. The rest are mostly breech babies. There are many ways to encourage a breech baby to turn. Acupuncture, especially using moxibustion, which is the application of heat from burning the herb, Mugwort, is a non-invasive and safe method to help turn the […]