New mums returning to work are full of conflicting emotions, from worry regarding the logistics of getting her baby to childcare in the morning, to possibly guilt about having some time to herself again after having devoted herself to her baby full-time since birth. My son was born in Hong Kong, where maternity leave was a mere 10 weeks. Going back to work was a wrench, and I wish I knew then what I know now about how Chinese medicine can support new mums.
For starters, acupuncture helps relieve stress by calming and strengthening you so you can cope with the situations that you find stressful. Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.
It is also common for patients to notice improvements with other niggling problems like sleep or digestion, during the course of treatments.
Click here to see the research evidence for stress and anxiety.