Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

Treatment in Toronto

Mothers-to-be look forward to the birth of their babies with great joy and anticipation. However, feeling sleep deprived and alone, 50 – 70% of women experience some form of “postpartum blues.” 15% of these women suffer from postpartum depression and anxiety. Despite living in a big city like Toronto, many women feel isolated, sad, anxious, angry, frustrated, fearful, fatigued, and overwhelmed. Alive Holistic Health Clinic is a leading provider of naturopathic medicine in the Toronto area.

The good news is that there are things you can do to feel better naturally and there is no better time than now especially in the midst of a pandemic. If you would rather not take antidepressants or undergo hormone therapy, you are not alone. Chinese medicine, acupuncture, good nutrition, and naturopathic medicine are all highly beneficial for those experiencing postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Why not take a natural, non-invasive approach to healing your body and mind? Even if you are prescribed antidepressants or other types of conventional treatment, complementary therapy will help speed your physical and emotional recovery.

Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years to promote well being not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, dietary therapy, and exercise are all components of Chinese medicine which treats the underlying or “root” cause of health issues rather than masking them with traditional medications. Based on each person’s symptoms, certain herbal mixtures can promote better sleep, reduce anxiety, enhance emotional well-being, and more.

Postnatal Depression and Acupuncture

Acupuncture effectively treats postpartum anxiety and depression by regulating hormones and the nervous system. Acupuncture improves blood flow, nourishing all the cells, tissues, and organs in the body. Blood and bodily fluids are depleted during childbirth; acupuncture promotes relaxation and helps you heal from the physical exertion of giving birth. It also encourages the release of endorphins, the “feel good” hormones essential for emotional health and well-being.

Naturopathic medicine optimizes wellness using herbal and homeopathic remedies, vitamin and mineral supplements, lifestyle and dietary changes, and other natural therapies. Naturopathic treatments address a wide array of issues including depression, fatigue, insomnia, chronic pain, digestive disorders, injuries, and more.

Proper nutrition is vital following childbirth, giving you the energy essential to caring for your baby and yourself. Your body will recover faster when you eat nutritious foods which should include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and foods rich in proteins. Nutrition plays a vital role in regulating hormones, neuroendocrine functioning, and gut health. Incorporate plenty of foods containing vitamins D, B-6, B-12 and folate, and those high in iron, zinc, and essential fatty acids.

Postpartum depression and anxiety can seem overwhelming at a time when you need to feel your best to care for your baby, yourself, and other aspects of your life. You want to enjoy every moment of this time in your life, which can be difficult when you are tired, depressed, sleep deprived, and feel you have lost your joy or sense of self. Whether or not you are receiving other treatments, a holistic approach to physical and emotional well-being can help immensely. Call Alive Holistic Health Clinic in Toronto now at 416-591-1535.