Pregnancy

Male Infertility: 10 Factors That Affect Sperm Count and Morphology

By Dr. Ardyce Yik (ND) It is estimated that about one in seven couples faces difficulty conceiving.  In Hong Kong male infertility is particularly problematic owing to the widely acknowledged stressful lifestyle and a high level of urogenital infections, extremely common in this region.  If you’ve been having regular unprotected sex for more...

A Natural Therapy for Morning Sickness

By Gianna Buonocore – Chinese Medicine Practitioner (acupuncture) at IMI Hong Kong As a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, people often ask me whether TCM is safe during pregnancy. When TCM is administered by a qualified practitioner, it is not “only” safe but “highly” effective in supporting women’s health, especially during...

Turning Breech Babies and Preparing Mothers for Labour

I wrote about how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help relieve morning sickness the last time. This time I would like to talk about turning breech babies and preparing for labour. “Lisa” was a 36-year-old pregnant mum. She visited my clinic at 35 weeks. She was diagnosed as having a breech baby,...

A Natural and Integrative Approach to the Different Phases of Pregnancy

It is a common misconception that obstetricians and natural healthcare practitioners are mutually exclusive. Yet many women have found that their obstetrician often doesn’t have time to answer all of their questions. However, a natural healthcare practitioner can offer support, advice, and treatment specific to your needs. Our team includes...

Emotional Wellbeing for Pregnancy

Having a baby can be one of the most rewarding and enriching experience life has to offer. It can deepen our sense of purpose, give us new meaning, great happiness and open our hearts more fully to love. At the same time it can be stressful, bringing many underlying issues...

Why is Confinement Relevant Today?

By Gianna Buonocore – Chinese Medicine Practitioner (acupuncture) at IMI Hong Kong Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) takes a preventative approach and recommends that after giving birth, women should rest as much as possible, drink plenty of nourishing soups, and eat certain foods. Some of you may have heard about the ancient...

Folate vs. Folic Acid: What’s the Difference?

If I asked you which of these vitamins was found naturally in food, folate or folic acid, would you know the answer? If not, you’re in good company. Medical professionals, nutrition experts, and health practitioners frequently mix up the two, simply because the terms are often used interchangeably. They are...