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Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture can Help Ease the Conditions that come with Pregnancy

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Usually, pregnancy is the time when a woman feels a lot healthier, but oftentimes, the physical development of the fetus brings with it fluctuations in her hormone levels that causes discomfort, pain and an assortment of health problems.

Chinese medicine and acupuncture can offer you a safe and effective remedy for many of the health conditions that may crop up before, during, and after pregnancy. These days, more and more women are using acupuncture to help them get through their pregnancy in a healthy and much easier way or help them overcome an overdue or difficult labor.

Pre Pregnancy Preparation

If you’re a healthy mother, then chances are your baby will be healthy as well. With Chinese medicine and acupuncture, both mommy and daddy can better their health that can help generate the best environment for their unborn baby. Besides their capacity to balance, support and strengthen their well-being and overall health, Chinese medicine and acupuncture can effectively normalize hormone levels and menstruation, alleviate stress and treat any pre-existing medical concerns or conditions that a woman may have.

Acupuncture Treatment during Pregnancy

Chinese medicine and acupuncture can provide extreme comfort for the travails of a pregnant woman. Abundant studies have suggested that acupuncture is very effective at resolving many of the most common issues a woman can suffer during pregnancy including sciatica, water retention (edema), insomnia, heartburn, and morning sickness.

Some of the health issues that might crop up during pregnancy that can be treated by an acupuncturist are listed below.

-Depression and anxiety

-Insomnia

-Exhaustion and fatigue

-Leg cramping

-Carpal tunnel syndrome

-Sciatica

-Back and neck pain

-Pelvic pain

-Urinary tract infection

-Swelling and edema

-Hemorrhoids

-Constipation

-Heartburn

-Vomiting and nausea

Acupuncture Therapy for Childbirth

Acupuncturists can actually help induce labor in pregnant women who are long overdue. They can also provide a natural relief from pain brought about by labor. A number of acupoints can be treated to cause cervical ripening or activate contractions. Some acupuncturists even have the skill to place a breech baby back into its normal position in its mother’s uterus.

Postpartum Acupuncture

After giving birth, most women feel their energy all depleted. Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help hasten recovery after the delivery of her child. Postpartum acupuncture targets the psychological, emotional and physical aspects of a woman’s health that will help accelerate her recovery, improve the production of milk that will encourage her to breast feed her baby.

Listed below are some of the postpartum issues that can be resolved with acupuncture:

-Night sweats

-Postsurgical healing

-Excessive or  insufficient lactation

-Mastitis

-Postpartum depression

-Fatigue

Safety of Acupuncture When Used During Pregnancy

Generally, speaking acupuncture is a relatively safe treatment even during pregnancy. However, one should know that there are certain acupoints that can result in contractions and so should NOT be treated with needles during pregnancy.

Acupoints that Should Not Be Treated During Pregnancy

-Acupoint on the low back

-Acupoint on the lower stomach

-Acupoint on the sacrum

-Gallbladder 21

-Spleen 6

-Large intestine

Certain herbal formulas are contraindicated as well for pregnant women.

 

Alida van Heerden is a licensed New York acupuncturist and a NADA certified acupuncture detoxification specialist.

Written by Valerie

December 9th, 2014 at 2:17 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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