Excellent Course! I enjoyed the classical teachings and the practical uses of them within the clinic. The information shared can be used immediately in my practice. Thank you!
~ K

Here we explore the invasion of cold, the implication of cold lurking in the body interfering with the body’s healthy maternal functions, and how to undo often decades of cold storage. A 'bun in the oven’ is really a proactive preventative look at all matters obstetric through the lens of miscarriage avoidance/ prevention as seen by a senior clinical acupuncturist. Using old wives’ tales from the Chinese past – see what can we do to elegantly, yet profoundly to change the future of the unborn children.


Setting the Scene – The Pregnancy Context

  1. Importance of using a wellness not an illness model, incorporating a preventative health care, not a biomedical model. (Hence, organ pathology and differential diagnosis to be set aside in favour of health enhancement – which is individualised and yet does follow a pattern of its own: homeostasis).
  2. Well pregnancy – how to achieve it. Importance of all of life Yang Sheng. Especially quality pre-conception care taking in great sperm and both having potentials maximized and BBT’s normal before they start.
    1. Normal menstruation – a marriage of great Qi and Blood production and Circulation.
      • Is she easily fertile, after having a life of easy periods?
      • Does IVF implantation work – or is there a cold belly and nest awaiting the fetus?
    2. Once pregnant:
      • General digestive/sleeping /comfort issues - Yang Qi is not sufficient to cover all her and baby’s needs.
      • Nausea as the digestive process is unable to sustain wellness
      • Tendency to spotting/bleeding/backaches and getting up at night a lot to pee.
      • We start to see the beginnings of various ‘organ’ pathologies here.
      • Likelihood of not sustaining pregnancy/miscarriage
    3. Later in pregnancy
      • Having a weakened system so the placental flow is not optimal.
      • Small for dates/reduced amniotic liquor
      • Back aches and sciatica
      • Pelvic pain including PSD
    4. Birthing
      • Lack of spontaneous energetic birthing
      • Post birth – tendency to haemorrhage, prolapse increased
  3. Role of Yang Qi in the well body. What wastes Yang Qi – hence homework/important self care points of interest. (How not to continue in the wasting cold habits)

PROCESS - What To Do

  1. How to remove cold from a body and why we would. What to do next (increase the Yang - moxa info)
  2. What happens when a woman has a cool belly. Why is it cold? – the oven should be hotter . . . as should her BBT.


  1. What to do to ensure maternal and fetal safety. Includes – increasing maternal Yang immediately.
  2. Moxa pyramids on ginger and pre warmed salt in navel.
  3. What happens if we do not – i.e. ignore the obvious?



ALLIED ISSUES: Restoration of local circulation (possibly bleeding luo vessels) Placental flow issues (sacral fan moxa) Structural integrity of tissues and organs Progesterone levels dependent on thryoid and this dependent on Yang Qi.

This Course Includes:
Acupuncture, TCM Theory
Category 1
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Heather Bruce


Heather, originally from New Zealand, graduated from a Brisbane, Australia college (allied to Dr van Buren’s college in the Netherlands, (ICOM)) in 1979.

Instead of furthering her education in China, she intertwined her acupuncture life with raising four children, birthing them over a gap of 18 years.

This led her to specialize in women’s health issues, branching into all forms of fertility and pregnancy management.

Whilst Heather was co designing, writing and delivering the ACA (Brisbane) under-graduate course in the early 1980’s, she also delivered post graduate seminars, focusing on the Eight Extra Meridians, Obstetric acupuncture (both in the mid ‘80’s, with extensive written researched notes) and the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Heather is passionate about education and change being part of the healing process, and actively helps those would seek her assistance to move through their own inner blocks, empowering them to own their own healing journey.

She calls upon a mix of vibrational, medicinal and practical tools, acupuncture, naturopathy, Chinese herbs and life counseling.

To this end, rather than continue only in one – to – one practice, Heather is, besides being in a busy infertility/obstetric practice in Brisbane, also currently redesigning infertility and pregnancy e-books and DVDs for the wider audience, to be marketed on her instructive websites, and within all natural therapies practices.

When lecturing, whether it is to her peers, allied professionals, or the consumer audience, she brings all these healing arms into an amalgam to truly fit our modern western context.

Heather Bruce


Excellent Course! I enjoyed the classical teachings and the practical uses of them within the clinic. The information shared can be used immediately in my practice. Thank you!
~ K

I found the speaker to be highly knowledgeable and experienced.

The information was presently in an organized and succinct manner - thank you! Easy to understand, straight forward.
~ Kiné

I don't think there are enough hours in the day to get all the wonderful knowledge from Heather, I would love to spend a good chunk of time watching her work. She is amazing!
~ Mary

It was a good program. All the additional resources provided by Heather Bruce on her various websites is a great bonus.