Acupuncture In Pregnancy
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe that the human body has a complex network of meridians (channels) running through the body. These meridians interconnect and carry the person’s life force (Qi). When a person is healthy, energy flows around the body freely. If mind, body or spirit are out of alignment, as can occur in pregnancy, the Qi can be affected causing blockages. Needling specific points can rebalance the energy flow within the body to treat various ailments.
Research suggests that acupuncture is safe in the treatment of pregnancy-related conditions. It is used for nausea, insomnia, anxiety, depression, constipation, headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel, induction, pain relief during labour and postnatal issues. Women are exploring alternatives to taking medication. If you are suffering from any of these conditions acupuncture can help.
Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy
Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) affects up to 85% of women. This miserable condition has been highlighted in the media as the Duchess of Cambridge has suffered from the more extreme form, Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
It is a complicated condition to manage with women often feeling very isolated and overwhelmed. Support is key and a combination of acupuncture and other tailored treatments may help to lessen your symptoms.
Moxibustion for Breech - from 34 weeks
Some babies naturally choose to adopt a breech position (bottom in the Mum’s pelvis) close to the time of birth.
Moxa sticks are made of the herb mugwort that reaches a high heat without burning. It is used on the outer edge of both the little toes at the end point of the bladder meridian (energy channel). The heat travels up the meridian to the uterus encouraging the baby to turn.
This treatment includes instruction on how to use the moxa, a supply of moxa sticks and an information pack about the options available when your baby is breech. Research has shown that a treatment regime of moxibustion has a 66% success rate.
Birth Preparation Treatment -from 37 weeks
Acupuncture can stimulate a combination of specific points to help you relax, prepare your uterus and cervix for birth and encourage your baby to move into the pelvis. We will also talk about your expectations of birth and discuss what emotional and practical support will help you on your birth journey to destination Motherhood.
Post Dates Pregnancy Treatment -from 40 weeks
The induction rate in the UK is approximately 20%. What do you do if you’re ‘overdue’? We want you to know what all your options are before a medical induction. Acupuncture may help you to relax and ripen your cervix (neck of the womb). As we are all individuals, like our babies, one or more treatments might be necessary.