Krystal L. Kinnunen

Krystal Kinnunen, L.Ac., MAOM, found that the experience of birthing her first daughter naturally at a birthing center awakened a desire to support and empower women during the sacred cycles of their lives. Her primary focus is on women’s health with a specialty in pregnancy, fertility, and pediatrics. She devoted herself to a four-year rigorous academic graduate program at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts, where she received her Masters of Oriental Medicine. Krystal used acupuncture and herbs to prepare herself to have a successful and gentle homebirth at the age of 40 with her second daughter. Krystal is currently working toward a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with an emphasis on Obstetrics, at Pacific College of Health and Science. In addition to being a licensed acupuncturist, she is a trained midwife’s assistant, Reiki master, and prenatal yoga instructor. She studied with world-renowned midwife Ina May Gaskin at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee, and with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa in Southern California. Krystal believes that a well-loved and supported mother creates a healthier society.

Why Acupuncture Is Beneficial and Safe during Pregnancy

Acupuncture is a safe, effective, drug-free treatment for common ailments that can arise in pregnancy such as preeclampsia, breech position, and post-term baby. It has been used for centuries to support a healthy pregnancy and is beneficial throughout the trimesters. Current research shows that pregnancy acupuncture has little to no adverse effects; It is an effective and complementary modality that should be taken advantage of to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.

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