In this section you will find articles on a variety natural therapies. Over the last two decades the use of natural therapies has dramatically increased. Women often use natural therapies in pregnancy, for birth and after the birth. Natural therapies are often used in combination with standard medical care.
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Natural Therapy Articles
Acupuncture is Successful in Reducing Depression in Pregnancy
Acupuncture is Successful in Reducing Depression in Pregnancy - While many studies have explored the prevalence and treatment of postpartum depression, few have explored the treatment of depression in pregnancy.
Raspberry leaf: panacea for pregnancy and labour or problem?
Red raspberry leaf, otherwise known as rubus idaeus, has been used medicinally since the sixth century. Its use and reputation as an aid in pregnancy and childbirth has grown throughout the years, despite the scarcity of research into its safety and value for mothers and babies during pregnancy and birth.
Is Chinese Medicine Safe During Pregnancy?
Is Chinese medicine safe in pregnancy? is one of the most commonly asked questions of TCM practitioners by pregnant women. In short, the answer is both ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. There are a number of acupuncture points and herbal ingredients that are either cautioned or contraindicated for use during pregnancy.
Making your own aromatheraphy massage oil for pregnancy
Making your own massage oil can be a wonderful way of using essential oils. This article explores how to make aromatherapy massage oil and provides recipes suitable for pregnancy.
How to Increase Breast Milk Supply if you have Insufficient Lactation
Strategies to increase breast milk supply usually include specific breastfeeding techniques and medication. This article discusses using Traditional Chinese Medicine as an alternative strategy to help women with insufficient lactation to promote milk production and supply.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and natural fertility
In Australia, the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is enjoying growing popularity as couples seek to enhance their fertility using natural methods.
Acupuncture Induction for Post Date Babies
In addition to its common therapeutic uses, Acupuncture has value as an artificial method of inducing post-term babies. However it is also enjoying increasing popularity as women with uncomplicated pregnancies seek to avoid conventional medical induction, the imposition of medical timeframes, and the cascade of interventions that often follows.
Acupressure for pain relief during labour
The intense nature of labour means most women will look for and use some form of pain relief during their childbirth. For those women who prefer to avoid or minimise the use of medical analgesia, acupressure is a safe, effective, drug-free alternative.
Chiropractic – Philosophy, Art and Lifestyle
The chiropractic approach to health is one of harmony and vitalism. Chiropractic is based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating and self-healing being. In Australia there are over 215,000 consultations each week.
Aromatherapy in Pregnancy
This guide to aromatherapy in pregnancy by Wendy Mackay, Aromatherapist from Essence of Wellbeing, includes a list of essential oils to avoid and oils that are considered safe.
Acupuncture Beats Morning Sickness
For women suffering with morning sickness, Acupuncture provides a safe, effective solution that can improve the experience of early pregnancy.
You are probably familiar with the popular fruit, the Raspberry (Rubus idaeus). The raspberry is native to many parts of Europe and Northern America. The leaves of the raspberry plant have been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. They are thought to have many varied properties including those that are beneficial for pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.