The Beautiful Baby Point

An ancient Chinese acupuncture treatment to ensure a healthy, happy, and beautiful baby? Many mothers-to-be are more than willing to give this a try! 

The acupuncture point used is Kidney 9 or “Zhubin”, which translates to “Guest House”.

The treatment, which has been used for centuries, consists of needling a single acupuncture point with a thin, gold needle. Gold, which is warm in nature, reinforces the functions of this special point. Located on the medial, or inner side of the lower leg, below the calf muscle, the point is stimulated gently at the end of the first and second trimesters – respectively at 14 and 26 weeks. It functions to strengthen the mother’s body, blood and qi (needed in abundance to support growth of a healthy baby), as well as jing (or prenatal essence). It is also said to clear the karma between the mother and baby, resulting in a clear pathway for beloved baby to enter the world. 

Utilizing this point which lies on the Kidney meridian is selected due to its association with the Kidney organ. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Kidney is the organ responsible for governing birth, growth, reproduction, and development. It also houses the prenatal as well as postnatal essence.

Acupuncture, along with moxibustion, can help throughout pregnancy for other issues as well. These include morning sickness, nausea, fatigue, lower backache, insomnia, headaches or migraines, breech presentation, and preparation for labor. Receiving treatment during pregnancy can be a much-needed pause for relaxation for mama-to-be as well.

Fall and the Metal Element

September has arrived and with it we move further into the season of fall. It is a time of hibernation, of inward growth, of becoming quieter and more contemplative. We are preparing for the winter, connecting with ourselves at a deeper level, and trusting in these connections to guide us safely through the coldest and perhaps harshest season of an approaching winter. The element associated with fall in Traditional Chinese Medicine is Metal. Metal is malleable yet strong. It is cool to the touch, and yet if it encounters heat it can transform its physical state. Metal is associated with the internal organ systems of the Lungs and Large Intestine. It correlates with the emotions of grief and sadness, and “letting go”. This year has been taxing for us as human beings. It has been a time of great change, conflict, and upheaval.  And yet also a time of great sadness. The ongoing pandemic primarily affects the respiratory system and lungs. The ongoing fires on the west coast are affecting the air quality and therefore weakening the lung systems once again. It is no surprise that we are experiencing a collective grief as a people, enduring the changes that we have been confronted with throughout this year. Grieving a way of life before the pandemic, grieving losses of loved ones or homes, grieving for our planet – all the while processing changes that are difficult to accept.  And yet, the metal element is transformative and in fall we will search inward to find our strengths. We must acknowledge that this time is more isolated, quiet, calmer, distant. It is a time to reflect, to let go of what is holding us back, and prepare for the winter and become stronger throughout this season. And with the long-awaited arrival of spring, new growth and life will prevail once again.

The season of the Metal element calls for a strengthening of our Lung system and immunity. It is calling for us to look deep within ourselves to transform, and in doing so we can alleviate stress and lift ourselves up out of grief. With the help of acupuncture, this can be accomplished and can provide a much-needed “reset” for our bodies and minds at this time. Balance can be achieved and provide a sense of mental clarity and focus, relief from pain, and a state of deep relaxation. When we continue to reflect and regenerate, along with keeping our health intact, the season of fall can be truly transformational and lustrous, like metal.