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Traditional Chinese Medicine is a natural, gentle healthcare approach that can help with every stage of pregnancy health and life development. In aiding with preparation and planning for a family, maintaining a healthy pregnancy and childbirth, preventing children from becoming ill, treating illness quickly and effectively as it manifests before serious illness can develop, and providing families with the opportunity to live long, healthy, happy lives! Visit our pregnancy health website to help answer you questions about acupuncture in fertility and pregnancy.
I have collaborated with Cecil on research and education initiatives at the University of Alberta over the last few years. He is a keen and thoughtful advocate and teacher, a compassionate and caring clinician, and a supportive partner in integrative health.Hsing Jou, MD FRCPC. Clinical Director, Integrative Health Institute Clinical Director, CARE Program for Integrative Health & Healing Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry University of Alberta Read More
I just wanted to share this quick, for those of you struggling with sickness in pregnancy. I’m currently 13 weeks pregnant with baby #3. With 1 & 2 I struggled through HG and honestly wished my babies away. It was awful. With my son (#2) I lost 33lbs between 6-12 weeks pregnant, and I looked like death when the vomiting finally stopped. I went on to have a successful home birth, but promised myself if I ever got pregnant again I would do things totally different. After 18 months of trying to get pregnant (with him), I went for my first round of acupuncture and 3 weeks later I was pregnant. Acupuncture DEFINITELY works for me. So when we found out I was pregnant this time, I immediately jumped into weekly acupuncture. I was feeling gross, but no vomiting. I could still function and parent my other 2 kids. Around 8 weeks I missed my appointment, and the following night, I puked. The day after was 5x. By the time I got in for an appointment 6 days later I was up to 15x a day, and already down 7lbs. Went in for a treatment, and nothing for 3 days. Fast forward to today, 13 weeks, and HOPING I am at the end of puke fest, but I can honestly say I only survived because of acupuncture. This hasn’t been an easy trimester (it rarely is for anyone!) I still vomit every once in awhile, but I am in shock that I am not in the hospital. Acupuncture has totally changed the game for me. If you’re in the Edmonton area, I highly recommend Cecil at Whole Family Health. I don’t know how he does it, but the guy is a friggen wizard. Hopefully this can help another struggling mama!D Read More
Hi Cecil, I appreciate all of the treatments, support, and knowledge you shared as we worked through the challenges we faced trying to complete our little family. Though our time dealing with secondary infertility was thankfully relatively short, you were a big part of getting us through it. We are so grateful to you for the roll you played in our journey. I tell people about you all the time and share our great experience with acupuncture whenever I get the chance. Thank you so much!SM Read More
Cecil! I slept awesome last night thanks to your treatment! I almost slept through my alarm actually. haha! Thanks! 🙂K Read More
Hi Genevieve, Cecil, Devon, and all the Whole Family team! Thanks for all your support during the pregnancy! I will be back in after some of the craziness dies down.D Read More