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Fertility, Pregnancy, Labor & Postpartum

Chinese Medicine and Fertility

Becoming a parent is a wonderful calling. When difficulty arises, individuals often feel socially isolated, internalize the stress, and feel challenged personally. We aim to help you find some ease and clarity during these uncertain times. Chinese medicine has an extensive documented history of helping women and men with the underlying conditions inhibiting pregnancy. We see clients get the best results when our therapies are combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle at least four months prior to conception. 

We help individuals and couples wanting to conceive no matter the method: naturally, with the help of fertility medications, Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI), and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). 

We can improve:

  • Reproductive organ quality, function and blood flow
  • Ovulation, menstrual cycle, and immune function
  • Embryo implantation
  • Sperm quality and quantity 
  • Mental and emotional resilience

Many Fertility doctors and OBGYN doctors refer their patients who are trying to conceive for Chinese medicine. We are familiar with all the Bay area specialists and are happy to help you if you would like a recommendation.The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) advocates Chinese medicine to increase a couple's chances of conceiving. 


Many of our patients wishing to conceive are referred to White Peony Acupuncture by their OBGYNs and fertility specialists. 

"I received wonderful care during my pregnancy from Kim and Loren. I am now going to white peony to help keep healthy in the stressful postpartum time. I highly recommend these talented, loving, and nurturing acupuncturists."

- Daniela M.

"As I am going through my own struggles to get pregnant, Kim has been my guiding light. She tells me it is ok to be frustrated and gives me hope when I have lost it. She is always so positive and calm - she is great way to end my week."

"Enjoyed both of my services with Kim and Loren. Lovely individuals, very knowledgeable and experienced practitioners. Ready to rebook with them! Thank you!"

Chinese Medicine and Pregnancy

First Trimester

Belly with hands making a heart

Weekly treatments address: 

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety/Depression/Fear
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Second Trimester

Pregnant belly

One to four treatments a month address:

  • Sinus problems
  • Nausea/digestive problems
  • Placenta previa
  • Pain
  • Fatigue

Third Trimester

One to four treatments per month address: 

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Edema
  • Breech or posterior position
  • Pain
  • Fatigue

Labor Preparation

One to three treatments per week beginning week 36 can: 

  • Facilitate the gradual, natural onset of labor
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, pain, and discomfort  
  • Correct breech position (optimal time from 33-37 weeks gestation)
  • Increase the likelihood of vaginal deliveries, even with VBACs
  • Decrease medical induction rates, women receiving epidurals, and emergency caesarean sections

Chinese Medicine Postpartum

Postpartum care is important too!

Perhaps the most important time for new or experienced moms to receive extra care and nurturing is in the days, weeks, and months after birth. Chinese medicine has a long tradition of caring for women at this time. We encourage all of our moms to return to us within two to six weeks of giving birth for at least two acupuncture/moxa sessions. These treatments can speed up and enrich your recovery after labor and delivery, and can help with:

  • Wound healing
  • Insufficient lactation
  • Mastitis
  • Pain
  • Hormone balancing
  • Edema
  • Postnatal depression
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Constipation 
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Poor digestion
  • Irregular Sweating
  • Low Energy
  • Hair Loss
  • Stop Bleeding 

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