Ep 62: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Before, During, and Post-Pregnancy with Dr. R. Keith Bell – All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #62: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Before, During, and After Your Pregnancy with Dr. R. Keith Bell

Welcome back everyone! Today's episode was especially fascinating for me to put together because I don't know a whole lot about the subject area myself. I learned so much from this interview with Dr. R. Keith Bell about Chinese medicine and acupuncture and I think you will too. 

Dr. Bell has a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He is a Virginia licensed and nationally board certified acupuncturist with over two decades of experience teaching and practicing traditional and classic Chinese medicine. Dr. Bell is the owner of Oriental Medicine Specialists in Richmond, Virginia, where his team provides comprehensive holistic care with acupuncture, functional medicine, lifestyle counseling, and herbal medicine.

Dr. Bell and I talk about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be used throughout your entire pregnancy journey - all the way from planning for your baby through the postpartum period. We discuss the importance of taking an integrative health approach with patients, how acupuncture can help during labor and delivery, and some of the research behind Chinese medicine. Dr. Bell also shares what you need to know if you are looking for an acupuncturist.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • Misconceptions about Chinese medicine and acupuncture
  • How acupuncture can be used to improve fertility in both women and men
  • How Dr. Bell treats patients using an integrative approach that links together multiple medical providers
  • What acupuncture can help with during labor and delivery
  • How acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be used during the pre-pregnancy planning period and the postpartum healing period
  • What you should know and ask if you're looking for an acupuncturist

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Pregnancy, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Obstetrical Acupuncture, prenatal care, postpartum care, labor, acupressure, holistic health, integrative care

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