Melani Bolyai is a New York state licensed acupuncturist specializing in acupuncture and herbal treatments for women from pre-conception through pregnancy labor. Acupuncture and herbs can be a key element in helping your pregnancy be a healthy, stable and joyous one. At Natural Qi, you will know you are in the care of a warm, experienced practitioner devoted to your health and the health of your baby from conception to birth.
Acupuncture is safe during the first, second and third trimesters to prevent miscarriage, treat nausea, headaches, back pain, insomnia…
There’s no need to suffer. Acupuncture and herbs can help you feel better.
Avoid medical induction with acupuncture treatments to help your body naturally relax and produce hormones to have a smoother, less-painful birth…
Moxibustion is an ancient form of Chinese medicine, which, when certain herbs are heated and applied indirectly to acupuncture points, encourages your baby to turn naturally.
The care you give yourself after you give birth is as important as the care you give your little one.
Acupuncture needling is a safe, effective, non-invasive way to help your body stay balanced and nourished throughout the process of pregnancy, whether you are strengthening the endometrium to avoid miscarriage, or preparing for labor in the last few weeks of the term. Chinese medicine helps improve the natural flow of “qi” (“chee”), which nourishes areas of your body that may become stagnant as your body develops and accumulates necessary nutrients to help the growth of your baby.
Chinese herbs, whether used separately or in tandem with acupuncture treatments, are a safe, natural, non-pharmaceutical option for treating issues like pain, nausea, digestive upsets like constipation, and stress that can come with territory of being pregnant. Many women come to Melani with complaints in the first, second or third trimester of morning sickness, headaches, back pain, anxiety, and more. With traditional Chinese medicine, Melani treats not only the symptoms but the root cause of these issues through individualized, tailored treatments for each woman’s body.
Later in a pregnancy, acupuncture and moxibustion can help turn a breech baby, should a woman recognize that her baby is having trouble rotating in the womb. Moxibustion is an ancient method of treating certain acupuncture points with indirect heat created by the burning of the natural herb, moxa. Studies have shown that moxibustion is a very effective method for turning a baby in the breech position.
As a woman approaches her due date, acupuncture is a natural option for preparing a mother’s body for the birth of her baby. Acupuncture treatments allow her body to relax naturally, bringing nourishing blood flow to the uterus and cervix, relaxing the pelvic muscles and ligaments, and creating an overall healthy, non-threatening environment that can signal her baby that all is well. In addition, labor preparation and acupuncture to induce can help a woman avoid an medical induction, which can be invasive and is often accompanied by drugs.
Once a baby has been born, it is important to remember that there wasn’t just the birth of a newborn, but there was also a mother born that day, too. Acupuncture and herbs can be helpful in restoring a new mom to health and strength.