Supporting Your Recovery, So That You Can Support Your Baby

Acupuncture & Treatments for Postnatal Recovery

In Chinese culture there is a long tradition of focusing on the recovery of new mothers following the stresses placed on them in the late stages pregnancy and in giving birth.  It is recognised that in the coming months and years, mothers are the primary source of nutrition and care for their new baby and so it makes perfect sense to help them to recover as fully as possible to face that challenge.

At a time when it's only natural to focus entirely on your new baby, we aim to bring attention back to our new mothers.  Acupuncture in combination with movement and nutritional advice will help you to rest and recuperate both energetically and emotionally.  We will help you to build your physical and mental strength, relieve physical pain and inflammation and can help to encourage and promote lactation for those experiencing difficulty.


Classically Chinese Medicine advocates Zuo yuezi or 'sitting the month' for 30 days following birth, a practice which has its origins in the 1st century BC.  In this period of prescriptive recovery, new mothers follow a set of regulations which include not exerting themselves by climbing stairs or going out of the house, protecting themselves from the elements by wrapping up, resting heavily in bed, eating foods designed to build strength and promote lactation and breastfeeding lying down rather than in seated position.  

In fact there are a lot of rules, many of which don't make immediate sense to our western viewpoint, such as not showering or washing hair to prevent chills, not reading or watching television to prevent strain to the eyes and staying isolated by not seeing family or friends.

At the Natural Health & Wellness clinic we take the big principles behind Zuo yuezi and in combination with our treatment and exercise methods, we advise and guide you through the critical days following birth.  The results are mothers who are stronger, more relaxed and better able to move forward confidently with the care of their baby.

For new mothers who are experiencing specific difficulties, acupuncture may help to alleviate a wide range of common post-natal conditions:

•   Postpartum depression and anxiety
•   Blocked breast ducts/mastitis
•   Insufficient milk flow
•   Carpal tunnel syndrome
•   Haemorrhoids
•   Recovery from caesarean section
•   Urinary incontinence

Natural Fertility

We guide couples through a preparation phase to maximise our patients chances to conceive successfully. During this phase we treat existing conditions which can impede fertility, we assess and fine tune the regularity and quality of the menstrual cycle, and look at overall health alongside diet and lifestyle.

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IVF Support

VF with acupuncture improves rates of pregnancy and live birth - BMJ. With options for both embryo transfer treatments, preparation for IVF over several months, or treatments during any phase of a potentially stressful process, we offer effective treatment and support for couples undergoing ART procedures.

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Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy is a time of great physical and biochemical change in the body. With these incredible changes come side effects such as morning sickness, blood pressure variance, anxiety, backache. Acupuncture is a safe, drug free way to help manage these symptoms so you can relax and enjoy your pregnancy.

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Fees & Treatment Plans

We offer fertility treatment and IVF support packages with options for both one off appointments or discounted treatment packages, single or multi therapy pathways and both standard and out of hours clinics. Our fee structure aims to offer flexible choices to suit all of our clients.

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  • From start to finish I had a great experience with the Natural Health and Wellness Clinic. I was being treated with acupuncture to support IVF cycles. Martyn supported me through two cycles and offered a lot of advice, guidance and support through both. He always took time to explain the treatment and any alterations to support the cycle. I always felt a priority when fitting in appointments to fit my IVF schedule. Having used acupuncture before this was a totally different and positive experience. I would't hesitate to use the clinic again myself if required which is the best recommendation I can give. I'm currently pregnant with twins and I thank Martyn for his part in that.*

  • After a year of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, my partner and I decided to give acupuncture a try before moving on to the serious IVF process.  Martyn was very clear and calm in his approach, he gave us acupuncture treatments and herbs along with some changes to our diet and exercise over several months in what he called a preparation period.  The period pain I had experienced every month for as long as I can remember completely disappeared with the treatments and it must have been linked to our problems to start a family as after 5 months we were blessed with success!  I highly recommend Martyn at NHW, I don’t think our little girl would be here without him.*

  • I’ve only had acupuncture once before, but I felt completely at ease with Martyn. He was very thorough with my medical history and in assessing what needed to be worked on. He was also very happy to answer all of my questions. After the session and in the days following I noticed immediate improvements to my back and shoulder pain which I have been suffering with for some years. Martyn was professional, provided a clean, relaxing environment and results that really worked. I will definitely be using his services again.*

  • We contacted the natural health and wellness clinic after we researched acupuncture for IVF. We wanted to give ourselves the best chances of success in our last NHS treatment cycle. After talking to Martyn we started around two months before our transfer was due. Ten weeks later and we are pregnant! I was much more relaxed this time and acupuncture the day before and on the Sunday morning after my procedure seems to have done the trick. We are keeping everything crossed and continuing acupuncture treatments. I wish we had tried acupuncture earlier.*

    Rebecca & DanBath
Please Note - These are reports of personal experiences and do not constitute a guarantee of treatment success.