2013 was a big year for our family because we welcomed our son, Myles, into the world. Before having my daughter I really didn’t know anything about children’s health and since having her, I’ve done additional training in pediatrics and alternative medicine. This time around, I implemented all my tools from the start. When my son has had issues with sleep, I used homeopathy & essential oils. When I had to work hard to maintain my milk supply, I used acupuncture and herbs. When he had a fever that was not too high, I allowed it to break naturally, instead of using medication. When he was having constipation, I used massage, probiotics, fish oils, and diet changes. And for everything from fussiness to teething, I use the most natural healing aid I’ve been given, breastfeeding. This year has allowed me to use what I’ve learned about natural health for my children and ignited my passion to share it with others.
I was a patient at Acupuncture Healthcare after the birth of my second child. I was experiencing low milk supply after many efforts to prevent it, both pre-nataly and post-nataly. I went to great efforts to boost my supply including; Lactation Consultant visits (pre and post natal), herbs (pre and post natal), relaxation techniques, massage therapy, nutrition, hand expression, pumping, support groups, and most other recommendations I have come across. I had a low supply with my first child and was determined to give my second child only breast milk. I had a wonderful home birth with no complications. I had lots of love and support after birthing and really focused on feeding my baby. Even with all my efforts I was still coming up a little short on fulfilling the babies’ needs. My Lactation Consultant, Barbara Robertson, suggested seeing Monica Leibson at Acupuncture Healthcare. I had had acupuncture in the past, but never committed to consistent sessions. I started seeing Monica every week. After the first session I felt less stressed and had more of an “ok! I can do this!” kind of [Read more…]
It’s happening. Kids have been in school for less than 2 months and already the bugs are beginning to fly—the stomach flu, the common cold, etc. And it’s barely even October! But don’t worry, it’s not too late to support your immune system. In fact, by adapting certain dietary and lifestyle practices we can reduce or avoid getting sick at all!
In Chinese medicine (CM), immunity is strongly related to digestion. Immunity has to do with the state of energy (qi) in the body—the more qi, the stronger the immune system. Qi is created via digestion and thus, food choices are critical in boosting the body’s immunity. Specific foods have the ability to support (or take away from) overall immunity. Take a look at some of our favorite immune-supporting foods and dietary tips! [Read more…]
I first started with acupuncture as a patient. I was living in Chicago – in my mid 30’s and I was dealing with a number of physical health issues – nothing too serious – and many that were caused by the stress in my life. I was not “sick”. There really was no need for me to go to the doctor. Why would I anyway? I had great respect for my internist and knew that she was an excellent diagnostician. If there was any test that were needed – I would be there in a heartbeat. However, I also knew that what I was experiencing was considered “normal” by many standards.
I was working in a stressful job – in sales and marketing – overseeing a large geographic area – metropolitan Chicago. [Read more…]
The postpartum time can be very challenging, from recovering from your birth to not getting enough sleep to having trouble with breastfeeding. Acupuncture can help. As an acupuncturist and a birth/postpartum doula, I am happy to talk with women about their specific situation and see if acupuncture may be able to support them. I also refer out to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants when appropriate. Please call the office to find out more.
Monica Mae Leibson, Acupuncturist & Birth/Postpartum Doula, Specializing in the childbearing year.
Understanding Breastfeeding and Acupuncture
Acupuncture successfully treats:
- Insufficient Lactation
- Postpartum Depression
- Persistent Uterine Bleeding
Breastfeeding and Acupuncture Research Conclusions
- “Infants whose mothers received Acupuncture weighed 160.13 grams more on average than those whose mothers received Sham Acupuncture. This effect is marginally significant. The finding generally confirms that Acupuncture for the mother is effective in increasing infant weight gain.” (27 mothers)
- “Data suggests that 3 weeks of acupuncture treatment were more effective than observation alone in maintaining breastfeeding until the third month of the newborns’ lives.” (90 mothers)
- “Acupuncture, together with care interventions such as correction of breast feeding position and babies’ attachment to the breast, might be a more expedient and less invasive choice of treatment than the use of medication”. (205 mothers)
Acupuncture & Breastfeeding Research Citations:
- Li, Ke (2003) A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Effect of Acupuncture on Increasing Milk Supply of Lactating Mothers. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University.
- Acupuncture Research by Adrian White. Published in Acupuncture in Medicine June 2011
- “Acupuncture and Inflammatory Symptoms related to Breastfeeding” Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Helsingborg Hospital and Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Karlstad University in Sweden. [Journal: Midwifery. 2007 Jun;23(2):184-95. Epub 2006 Oct 18.]
* Looking for a holistic approach to your child’s healthcare?
* Interested in complementary methods to maintain your children’s good health?
* Are you curious about healthier lifestyle choices for your whole family?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer a holistic perspective to maintaining good health by balancing energies within the body. For parents and children, it offers a guide to lifestyle choices that are unique to each child that will encourage good health now and in the future. Pediatric treatment includes a close examination of each child’s unique constitution and treatment plan that includes family involvement.
This article, published in Psychology Today, sheds light on why acupuncture & chinese medicine is such a great fit for children!
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy that treats a wide range of conditions through the stimulation of specific points on the body with thin metal needles inserted through the skin. It is widely practiced in the United States through private acupuncture practitioners as well as in more than one third of pain treatment centers across the country. In fact, one study showed that acupuncture is effective in treating adult postoperative nausea as well as nausea related to chemotherapy. Other research shows its effectiveness for ailments such as menstrual cramps, low back pain, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
The efficacy of acupuncture is proven in adults but, until now, there has been very little research to support the efficacy of acupuncture in children. However, the use of acupuncture to treat medical issues from colic to ADHD in children is gaining popularity. A recent study showed that the use of acupuncture as a treatment for lazy eye is as effective as the traditional eye patch treatment. Another study found that acupuncture can help alleviate nausea and pain associated with chronic illness in children. Conventional medication can be complemented with acupuncture to reduce the common side effects that come with higher doses of medicine in some cases as well.
While kids and needles do not usually peacefully coexist, acupuncture in children may not be as frightening for them as it sounds. Skilled pediatric acupuncture practitioners use a variety of techniques to help children become comfortable with the idea of the needles. Practitioners spend a lot of time explaining the treatment to children and their families. A practitioner may demonstrate the therapy on a stuffed animal or even his own hand to show children what to expect during the acupuncture session. He will describe the difference between the acupuncture needle and a typical injection or intravenous needle. Acupuncture needles are smaller and not hollow so they do not rip the skin like typical needles. It is relatively painless if done by a trained practitioner who is specifically licensed to practice pediatric acupuncture. Children are usually surprised at how little discomfort they actually feel.
A visit with your child’s primary care provider can help you determine if pediatric acupuncture is right for your child. They can also direct you to licensed acupuncturists who specialize in pediatric care.
Acupuncture Healthcare Associates and Pediatric Care
Our acupuncturists use a variety of tools to support balance in children:
- Tuina (Chinese massage)
- Moxibustion (a cone of dried herb that warms up the skin to stimulate the immune system, support digestive health, and balance energy).
- Chinese herbs
- Dietary modifications
- Acupuncture (depending upon age and comfort level of child). Children often sit on their parent’s laps while receiving treatment and generally enjoy their sessions!
Chinese medicine can help treat a variety of conditions including:
- Allergies (food and seasonal)
- Abdominal Pain
- Acid Reflux
- Frequent Ear Infections
- Low Appetite
- Low Immunity/Frequent Colds
- Sleep Disruptions
Call today to learn more!
When I received this thank you card in the mail I just had to add it to the blog! This woman gave birth in the hospital after having a C-Section 2 years ago, She came to me with a very common thought – “Well I’d LIKE to give birth without an epidural but since I’ve never done this before, I’m not really sure if I can and I’ll play it by ear”. I told her that I shared that exact thought leading up to my birth and that what I’ve seen through attending labors, is that if you do not have a strong conviction to have an unmedicated labor, you most likely will call for the epidural. To be clear, I have no judgements either way regarding womens choices. I simply want to help them to create a vision of their ideal birth and then do my best to support that vision. The nurses and doctors were all amazed at her grace during birth. She told me during labor that the acupuncture was reducing her contraction pain so much that she thought she was “stalling out” (when in reality she was almost 7 cm dilated)! She was truly a joy to work with and proof that women can have smooth, unmedicated births. Here is what she wrote to me:
“All I can possibly say is thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me along the most amazing journey of my life. I feel blessed to have had your support and am thrilled with the outcome of my birth. I am so grateful for your extensive knowledge and all the work you did leading up to and during the labor. I think of my daughter’s birthday each day and truly feel a sense of empowerment having had the birth that I wanted. I think you are an incredible woman who has so much to give!
-K.G. from Birmingham, MI
Winning Futures is a non-profit that I’ve worked with in the past. They pair mentors with at-risk youth. The time commitment is minimal yet it is very rewarding. Can you imagine giving a child the encouragement and self esteem to let them know that they can truly accomplish their dreams?
Winning Futures Mentor Kimle Mitchell stated, “My time with Winning Futures has been very rewarding, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to mentor with this organization. The structure of the program and the guidance from the staff to support its mentors, made me feel confident that I was truly helping my students improve their lives. This year has truly been a life-changing experience for me, which is why I selected Winning Futures to be supported by the National Cares Mentoring Movement for resources to mentor more students.” [Read more…]
Join us on Wednesday June 8th
16001 W. Nine Mile Road at Greenfield
Please join us for a free and informative birthing fair! Designed for new parents and expecting couples. Many great people will be present to meet and speak with.
A great opportunity to meet with our resident pregnancy specialist, Monica Mae Leibson (acupuncturist, birth doula, post partum doula).
Acupressure can be a great way to help your child heal quickly from illness. Choose a time of day when your child is most calm, be it after a bath or just before bedtime. Kindly let them know that this will feel good and help them to get better. Gently put pressure on the acupuncture point/channel. Use as much pressure as your child tolerates and watch for signs of discomfort. Acupressure (as opposed to massage) can cause slight irritability when you hit the right point. Don’t continue with that point once your child feels “the qi”.
As far as the acupressure point locations, please refer to www.acupuncture.com
There you can click on “Acupuncture point location”. You choose which meridian (which is the organ name, for example Stomach). Then click on the point number and you will be directed to a picture as well as a written location.
Acupressure Treatment: Stomach 36, Spleen 6, Bladder 20
Regular feeding (avoid snacks & avoid overfeeding)
Easily digested foods (avoid bananas, cows milk, peanuts)
Increase fish oils
Acupressure Treatment: Stomach 36, Large Intestine 11, Bladder 20/21/25, Stomach 44, Spleen 9, DU 10, Spleen 4
Other suggestions: BRAT (green bananas are better than ripe) & Vitamin Water
Acupressure Treatment: Large Intestine 4, Stomach 44
Other suggestions: Homeopathic teething tablets
Acupressure Treatment: DU 14, Large Intestine 4, Gallbladder 20, Lung 7, San Jiao 5, Stomach 36
Other suggestions: Chinese Medicine recommends keeping a child warm and encouraging sweating. A child can sustain a fever of 104 if it rises slowly (or only at night). Febrile convulsions occur when the temp goes up rapidly. Drink warm lemon and honey to stay hydrated. Do not make children with fevers eat. They are not hungry because their body is trying to heal. Also, it is recommended to keep children home for as long as they had their fever.
Acupresure Treatment: Ren 17, Ren 22 (note: these can bring up a lot of phlegm so do these points AFTER they wake and see how much phlegm they encourage.)
Lung 5, Lung 7, Lung 10, Large Intestine 4, Bladder 12/13
Honey for DRY cough, not as much for a wet cough
Cough with phlegm: avoid cows mlik, cheese, peanuts, peanut butter, sugar, bitter oranges
Acupuncture successfully treats in children:
Digestive dysfunctions, Respiratory dysfunctions, Infectious diseases, Insomnia
Eczema, Failure to thrive, Learning difficulties, Enuresis, Urinary Tract Infection
Puberty/growth concerns, Mononucleosis, Anemia, Anxiety/depression