Acupuncture supports a healthy pregnancy
In the 6th Century, a famous Chinese medicine doctor named Sun Si Miao wrote a treatise on women’s health and the treatment of women’s health disorders. Since then, Chinese medicine has seen women’s health as a specialization beyond the scope of general medicine.
Acupuncture offers its unique ability to help women during pregnancy when less intervention is generally worth more. Acupuncture has centuries of evidence of its safety and effectiveness. Some of the common ways we can help are listed below but feel free to get in touch with us if you have a specific question we haven’t covered here.
In addition to treating imbalances, acupuncture can also provide tips for healthy eating and living during pregnancy. Acupuncture theory uses food as medicine, so you can learn to “treat” yourself at home, too.
What does Chinese Medicine treat during pregnancy?
Morning sickness is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy when the hormonal changes in the body send up a signal flag to show that things are changing. Acupuncture can help settle nausea and restore appetite. Morning sickness doesn’t always happen in the morning and severity may vary. Sometimes morning sickness can last the entire pregnancy. The nausea of morning sickness is directly related to three acupuncture channels, so re-balancing these channels can resolve nausea. Herbal medicine can be used as well.
Threatened Abortion and Restless Fetus
Also known as premature contractions. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can calm early contractions, stop cramping and bleeding, and strengthen the uterus’ ability to support a pregnancy.
Backache during pregnancy
Acupuncture is well known for treating pain, especially back pain. Acupuncture can help stop back pain during pregnancy without the use of any painkillers. Acupuncture regulates the body’s energy and blood flow to stop pain safely and without side effects of pain medication. I’ll also apply pregnancy massage to assist pain relief.
Swollen ankles during pregnancy
Pregnant women commonly retain water (fluids), which tend to settle down into the lower body. This is the cause of swollen ankles during pregnancy. Swollen ankles may make walking uncomfortable and even laying down uncomfortable. Acupuncture treats swollen ankles by moving the stuck fluids and regulating the flow of energy and blood in the acupuncture meridians of the ankles.
Pregnancy Induced Hypertension
Acupuncture treatments can help keep your blood pressure down and decrease the chance of further complications.
Breech & Posterior Presentation:
Between 34-37 weeks, research has shown acupuncture is very effective in turning a breech or posterior baby. Treatments are recommended beginning week 34.
Anxiety during pregnancy
Anxiety is common in pregnant women. Some who have had anxiety prior to pregnancy may experience a worsening. Others may experience anxiety for the first time when contemplating the growth of a family. Regardless of the cause, acupuncture can treat anxiety by calming the mind and allowing feelings to pass through instead of getting stuck inside of us.
Headaches during pregnancy
Acupuncture is a safer intervention than pain medications to treat a headache during pregnancy. There is little risk associated with acupuncture, making it a better choice for treating headache in pregnant women.
Safe during Pregnancy:
For women who want to avoid taking pharmaceutical drugs, acupuncture and herbal medicine have a safe, effective way to treat common ailments such as colds, flu, tendonitis, allergies, fatigue, migraines during pregnancy.