We ask a great deal of our pelvic floor. We ask it to carry and hold 35-50 extra pounds when we grow a baby. We ask muscles to stretch and acommodate our precious, growing babe, and to hold that babe, our pelvis and all the muscles that hold up our perineum and organs to be intact. Some women experience pain in the round ligaments in the second and third trimester that affect quality of life. How and why does acupuncture, chinese medicine and chinese food therapy support you through this?
When we push out a baby, we use our life force. When we have strong central Qi/Life Force, then we recover quickly. When we do not, things sink. This is such a classic and common experience that yes, there’s a formula for that: Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, Raise What Has Sunken Soup. This formula, when appropriate, lifts, nourishes and tonifies the central Qi/Life Force. Lifting helps with things like hemorrhoids, healing perineal tissue, lifting the pelvic floor, ptosis or dropping of the bladder, and feeling like your insides just might fall out. While this is not every woman’s experience, trust me, it’s overwhelming when it is yours.
Acupuncture is used in these cases to lift and support the center. Just yesterday a woman came in with profound round ligament pain at 29 weeks pregnant, new to acupuncture and left in no pain. She kept saying, “I can’t believe it, I’m not in pain.” Acupuncture can lift what has sunken to support you to stay strong in pregnancy and heal more quickly postpartum. There are acupuncture points that are the equivalent to the Raise What Has Sunken Soup, based on experience and the work of the master teacher Fu Qing Zhu, Kiiko Matsumoto, Dr. Miriam Lee, Dr. Yat-Ki Lai among others. When acupuncture and moxa are used to lift and support the Central Qi/Life Force, then the symptoms that come with that Chinese medicine diagnosis heal: pain and sense of weight/dropping of the pelvic floor, leaking urine with or without exercise, coughing, laughing, hemorrhoids, and more.