Acupuncture for Pregnancy

pregnancy acupunctureAs we know taking western medication in some circumstances may not be favorable for the development of the baby, a specialist trained Chinese Medical Practitioner will use acupuncture as a non-invasive form of treatment which has quite effective results. Acupuncture for pregnancy has been used for over 2000 years to help people have a more comfortable pregnancy.

There is no need to put up with a lot of conditions that may arise during pregnancy. Chinese Medicine has been used for over two thousands years to help with many complaints that may be causing some anguish during the course of pregnancy.

As we know taking western medication in some circumstances may not be favorable for the development of the baby, a specialist trained Chinese Medical Practitioner will use acupuncture as a non-invasive form of treatment which has quite effective results.

Conditions that can be effectively treated with pre-birth acupuncture:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Varicose veins, haemorrhoids
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Musculskeletal – sciatica, rip pain, symphisis pubis pain, neck and upper back, carpal tunnel, leg cramps, fatigue and exhaustion.
  • Anaemia
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety & depresion
  • Itching
  • Sinusitis
  • Hypertension
  • Oedema
  • Breach & posterior positions
  • Induction
  • Threatened miscarriage

Conditions that can be effectively treated with post-natal acupuncture:

  • Mastitis
  • Depression
  • Scar infection
  • Uterine bleeding
  • Night sweats
  • Breast-feeding problems
  • Insufficient lactation

Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Acupuncture during pregnancy can be initiated at around 36-37 weeks and continued weekly up until labour commences.

As well as having the follow benefits it can also be a good time to deal with any medical conditions that may be affecting the mother e.g. sciatic and lower back pain, breech/posterior positioned babies, pregnancy induced hypertension, heartburn, hemorrhoids, insomnia, any emotional problems – fear or anxiety of birth etc.

Benefits of pre-birth acupuncture:

  • Helps women to prepare themselves for naturally efficient labour
  • Increases the chances of a more naturally efficient labour
  • Emphasis on preparing the cervix and pelvis for labour
  • Acupressure points for pain relief and stimulation of contractions
  • Time spent in active labour may be reduced
  • The need for medical intervention may be reduced

In Chinese Medicine the main importance is to make sure that the woman’s Qi (energy/life-force) and Blood is harmonious and strong prior to delivery. A Chinese saying is ‘if the Qi is correct and if the blood is circulating well labour is described as harmonious’. Therefore acupuncture sessions prior to labour ensure that the qi and blood, the emotions and organs are all in harmony.

Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy Period?

acupuncture during pregnancyAcupuncture is an integrated part of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a history going back thousands of years and originating from China. Acupuncture is a holistic approach to healing with a focus on prevention of illness as well as a treatment. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual.

In acupuncture very thin needles, slightly thicker than a human hair, are inserted into acupuncture points. The objective of acupuncture is to regulate and normalize the flow of the Chi, so that the body may return to a state of dynamic equilibrium.

As a Natural Form of Healing, Acupuncture has the following benefits:

  • Provides drug-free pain relief.
  • Effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments.
  • Treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms.
  • Provides an holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions.
  • Assists in the prevention against disease and illness aswell as the maintenance of general well-being.

Pre-birth and Post-birth Acupuncture

As we know taking western medication in some circumstances may not be favorable for the development of the baby, a specialist trained Chinese Medical Practitioner will use acupuncture as a non-invasive form of treatment which has quite effective results.

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