Perinatal Mother and Child

From Conception, to Birth & Beyond

If you are preparing for a baby, are pregnant or have recently given birth, your health and that of your partner and unborn child, will be an ongoing priority.  Discovering you are pregnant, or preparing for the birth of your baby is one of life's most profound and moving experiences.  It is also a time of great change that can be physically and emotionally demanding as your body adjusts to prepare for this new life.

The Well Body Clinics for Women's Health are designed to support your changing body from Conception, to Birth and Beyond - helping you and your baby prepare for your unique journey together.   With specialist support for preparation for conception, pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery, the Clinics also provide gentle, safe and natural complementary support for your new baby, alongside midwifery and health visitor services.

With a background in Active Birth, The Natural Childbirth Trust and Birth Clinic, The Well Body Clinics for for mother's, babies and children, are here to provide a wealth of support, safe and gentle alternative medicine including Traditional Acupuncture and complementary care, for all your Women's Health needs.

The Clinics also offer Pregnancy Yoga classes.  Come and join other mums to be in a small, supportive and friendly group.  Classes actively help prepare your body and mind for childbirth led by Tamsin who is an experienced specialist perinatal teacher

Acupuncture for Fertility, Pregnancy & Childbirth

The Well Body Clinics offer specialist treatment for fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal health.  With extensive clinical practice in obstetric and fertility care alongside private and NHS midwifery, Birth units, The National Childbirth Trust, and postnatal and paediatric care, treatments offer a high standard of care and expertise.

The Well Body Clinics for Mother and Baby aim to work alongside local midwives and doctors, and to build supportive natural healthcare networks for the benefit of patients.

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has compiled a fact sheet on the benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth for your information.

Fertility and Assisted Conception: 

Traditional Acupuncture can be safely used to prepare for conception, to support the constitution, regulate the reproductive cycle and to promote deep relaxation.  Acupuncture aims to balance the body's energy, hormonal balance, regulation of the metabolism, and to promote relaxation at a time that is often very stressful.

The Well Body Clinics offer support in a safe and caring environment, helping you prepare your body for natural conception.  Specialist treatments are offered during early stage fertility treatment, as well as for intensive interventions including Assisted Conception using IUI, IVF and ICSI cycles.

For more detailed information about Traditional Acupuncture for Women's Health, Fertility and Assisted Conception, please contact in confidence.

Mothers, Infants, Babies & Children:

Perinatal Treatments: Pregnancy, Active Birth & Postnatal Yoga & Massage

A full complement of specialist Perinatal natural treatments are available for mothers preparing for the birth of your baby.

Mother & Baby therapies include: Traditional Acupuncture & Oriental medicine; Bowen Therapy; Western remedial & neuromuscular massage; Eastern acupressure, relaxation, meditation & yoga; Reflexology; Organic & Clinic aromatherapy; & Active Birth preparation.

Treatments are an important part of birth preparation and help guide you through a series of practical exercises for breath control, gentle postures to support, nourish & protect your changing body, active and dynamic relaxation, pelvic floor toning, nutrition and dietary support, birth positions, acupressure & controlled breathing for labour & harnessing natural pain release.  No previous experience necessary.  From 20 weeks pregnancy, or 6 weeks post-birth.

Baby Yoga & Baby Massage

Well Body Baby Yoga Massage is an ideal form of infant exercise with gentle relaxation, helping you to tune into your body and your baby.

The Peri-and Menopausal Cycle:

Making a smooth transition

Natural menopause normally occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 56.  Increasingly, with busy modern lifestyles, overwork, erratic dietary patterns, stressful living and fatigue, this transition may onset sooner, with patients experiencing perimenopausal smptoms  much earlier, or with difficulties managing a smooth transition through menopause later.

In Traditional medicine, these anomalies often reflect the quality of our internal fluid and blood physiology, hormonal equilibrium and internal balances.  Menopause is a natural process, but if we have run our life on empty, driving ourselves too hard and not adequately nourishing our system physically, mentally and energetically, this natural transition into maturation, can be distressing, disempowering or traumatic, with our core inner reserves lacking.  Most common symptoms are hot flushes, night or daytime sweats and vaginal dryness, but insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, aches and pains, headache, palpitations, genital and urinary problems are also increasingly common. For some, maintaining a 'normal' way of life and work becomes increasingly difficult. Conventional treatment is usually hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is considered to be effective in treating the symptoms, and may be prescribed for years. Some women find HRT effective, but others experience many distressing effects; some are advised against taking it, or are unwilling to take it. Continuing distress or discomfort caused by symptoms prompt many women to seek help from traditional acupuncture.  Acupuncture offers gentle and effective management, relief of symptoms, and support in making simple choices and adjustments to lifestyle, diet and relaxation.

Menopause and acupuncture: the evidence for effectiveness

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Chinese medicine beneficial for menopausal symptoms – The Journal of Chinese Medicine, February 2015

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A pilot study from the UK suggests that Chinese medicine treatment is beneficial for menopausal symptoms. In a case series design, 117 perimenopausal women were treated for menopausal symptoms by six experienced practitioners of Chinese medicine. The practitioners were instructed to treat as closely to their usual practice style as possible, using Chinese herbal medicine and / or acupuncture along with dietary and lifestyle advice. A maximum of 12 treatments over six months was allowed per patient. Patients showed significant improvement across all domains measured by two menopause symptom scales. Reduction on the MenQoL scale between first and last visit was from 4.31 to 3.27 and on the Green climacteric scale from 21.01 to 13.00. Liver and kidney function tests showed no abnormal liver or kidney function during the course of the study.

(Source: Chinese medicine treatment for menopausal symptoms in the UK health service: Is a clinical trial warranted? Maturitas. 2014 Nov 20. pii: S0378-5122(14)00354-5).

Acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes – Journal of Chinese Medicine, Feb 2010

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A multicentre randomised clinical study of menopausal women has concluded that acupuncture carried out in addition to usual care is associated with marked clinical improvement in hot flushes and other menopause-related symptoms. One hundred and seventy five Korean women were randomised to receive 12 sessions of acupuncture over four weeks in addition to usual care, or to usual care alone. The mean change in the average 24 hour hot flush score was -16.57 in the treatment group compared with -16.93 in the control group, a significant difference. Scores for psychological, somatic and urogenital symptoms of menopause also showed significant improvement in the acupuncture group compared with the control group.

(Source: Effects of acupuncture on hot flashes in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women – a multicenter randomised clinical trial. Menopause. 2009 Nov 10).

Acupuncture helps reduce menopausal hot flushes – Journal of Chinese Medicine, Oct 2009

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A Norwegian study has found that acupuncture in addition to self-care can contribute to a clinically relevant reduction in menopausal hot flushes. The research was a multicentre, pragmatic, randomised, controlled trial with two parallel arms comparing the effect of individualised acupuncture plus self-care against self-care alone for hot flushes and health-related quality of life in 267 postmenopausal women. Hot flush frequency decreased by 5.8 per 24 hours in the acupuncture group and 3.7 per 24 hours in the control group. Hot flush intensity decreased by 3.2 units in the acupuncture group and 1.8 units in the control group. The acupuncture group also experienced statistically significant improvements in vasomotor, sleep, and somatic criteria compared with the control group.

(Source: The Acupuncture on Hot Flushes Among Menopausal Women (ACUFLASH) study, a randomized controlled trial. Menopause. 2009 May-Jun;16(3):484-93).

Acupuncture better than usual care for menopausal hot flushes – Journal of Chinese Medicine, Oct 2008

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A pilot study on the effect of acupuncture in decreasing hot flushes in menopausal women has concluded either that there is a strong placebo effect or that both traditional and sham acupuncture significantly reduce hot flush frequency. Fifty-six postmenopausal women (aged 44 to 55) were randomised to one of three treatment groups: usual care, sham acupuncture (shallow needling at non-therapeutic sites) or TCM acupuncture. The TCM acupuncture group received one of four treatments based on a TCM diagnosis. There was a significant decrease in mean frequency of hot flushes between weeks one and eight across all groups, although the differences between the three groups were not significant. However, the two acupuncture groups showed a significantly greater decrease than the usual care group, but did not differ from each other.

(Source: A randomized, controlled pilot study of acupuncture treatment for menopausal hot flushes. Menopause. 2008 Jun 2. [Epub ahead of print]).

Post HRT & Active Older Health: A new approach to Vitality and Ageing

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is traditionally used to enhance senior health.  As we get older, our bodies need different fuel to sustain our energy, stamina and to flourish. In Chinese medicine, yang sheng means to nourish vitality and an abundance of life.  The quality, flow and circuit of our Blood is as integral for yang sheng, as the heart function is to western cardiovascular health.  Blood supports every aspect and quality of life.

In traditional medicine, Blood is also intimately connected to our cognitive function - our mental, spiritual, and emotional health.  Essence, Qi and spirit are the san bao or three treasures in the human body.  Whilst the heart directs the Blood, it also governs the spirit, our inner orientation, mental agility, concentration and motivation, memory and peace of mind.  In severe cases, dementia, senility and decline are all linked to the decline of yang sheng through the Blood, leading to decline of san bao.  That which is most important to life.

Yet we often take this flow of Blood for granted.   We expect it to support us even if we do not take care to make the necessary lifestyle and dietary choices required to keep it flourishing.  Our blood circulates constantly, nourishing the construction and function at every level of our body including our brain and cerebral function.  As we age, it is this vital flow that keeps us well, our mental faculties acute, our Qi or vital energy dynamic and moving, allowing us to fully embrace life - with full physical, emotional and cognitive strength.

Yet as we age, this is not always the case.  As our internal vessels and networks weaken, or lose their integrity, structural tightness and vitality, or if we are often unwell or in the early stages of more serious ill health, there is often an underlying stagnation or loss of optimal performance within the body.  In Oriental medicine, this is known as blood stagnation or stasis, with a slowing down or loss of core energy and function.

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