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Acupuncture Treatment for Early Pregnancy Issues

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Acupuncture is a proven therapeutic alternative for addressing fertility problems as well as a potent complementary treatment to current fertility modalities. It is also an efficient and safe option to support and nurture early pregnancy by furnishing relief for a lot of common discomforts without the need for medications and their adverse side effects.

Acupuncture treatment in Miami for morning sickness

During the first trimester of pregnancy, a lot of women may suffer from mild to severe nausea and vomiting. The symptoms are usually the result of hormonal changes in the body. You need to seek medical help if you feel nauseous most of the day, or if you cannot stop vomiting.

Most of these women aren’t too keen on using conventional drugs to help alleviate symptoms.
This makes acupuncture an attractive option for relieving nausea and vomiting. A 2002 published clinical study shows acupuncture to be an effective and safe remedy for women in early pregnancy who suffer from nausea and dry retching.

Acupuncture provides relaxation and emotional health

Pregnancy is supposed to bring in joy and excitement to a couple. Several women however, are usually surprised to know that the changes in the hormones in their bodies make them experience stress, anxiety, depression, irritability, and mood swings.

Women who miscarriages for unknown reasons, who suffer from stress associated with IVF therapy or experience threatened miscarriage are prone to fear and worries about carrying a baby successfully to term. Studies have discovered stress in early pregnancy leads to increased amounts of cortisol hormone that can inhibit progesterone and make the immune system antagonistic to the developing embryo.

For the lowering of stress, acupuncture is an incredibly effective healing technique. It activates the central nervous system naturally and enables the production and release of endorphins to lower the levels of cortisol in the body. When cortisol decreases, it improves the mood of a person and raises his general well-being.

The Obstetrics and Gynecology (March 2010) reported that acupuncture for treatment of depression during pregnancy helped women experience a greater reduction in the severity of symptoms and led to a more positive response compared to subjects in the control groups. Acupuncture treatment for depression can be equally effective as the standard treatment methods of medications and counseling.

Acupuncture boosts uterine flow and placenta development

To ensure a successful pregnancy there must be adequate blood flow and circulation to the placenta and uterus. The uterine circulation during pregnancy constantly changes to meet the embryo’s growing metabolic needs. The growing fetus is connected by the placenta to the uterine wall to allow nutrient intake, waste removal and gas exchange via the blood supply of the mother.

For treatment of early pregnancy issues, acupuncturists work to boost microcirculation in the newly developing placenta and the uterine wall. Raising maternal blood circulation to the placenta promotes the transfer of oxygen and nutrients from mother to fetus and the transfer of carbon dioxide and waste products from fetus to mother. It enhances the health of both the fetus and the mother that can contribute to an optimal pregnancy.

In threatened miscarriages acupuncture can be used to minimize bleeding

Acupuncture raises the health of the mother and guarantees the development of the fetus, more so if the mother has a history of miscarriage. The most critical time in a woman’s pregnancy is during the first trimester due to the fact that a successful pregnancy usually depends on the early phases of fetal growth. A lot of medications that are frequently prescribed in Western treatments can be potentially harmful to the growing fetus. This is one reason why acupuncture is an ideal, safe option for resolving several emotional and physical changes that happen during early pregnancy.

Around a quarter of pregnant women in their first trimester suffer some vaginal bleeding. We need to understand that not all bleeding forebodes miscarriage. Actually, about 50 percent of women who experience bleeding do not suffer miscarriages. If, however, you experience bleeding during early pregnancy, it’s important to let your doctor known about it as soon as possible. Vaginal bleeding may be caused by cervical erosion, and implantation. Acupuncture can help correct weaknesses in the mother’s health and relax the uterus preventing uterine contractions as well as various forms of threatened miscarriages.

Our recommendation

For the best outcomes, you may need to undergo weekly acupuncture sessions until the twelfth week of gestation. Plus, you need to have positive emotions, live a better lifestyle, and maintain a healthy diet that can directly support and nourish the fetus. Women should eat small portions of easily digestible, nutrient-rich, cooked food more often during the day, as well as avoid greasy, fried, and spicy foods, and drink plenty of fluids.

Pregnancy is a special time in your life! It’s important to stay healthy and cheerful in order to have a full-term pregnancy that’s free of problems.

Written by Valerie

May 23rd, 2017 at 9:21 pm

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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


-Exhaustion and fatigue

-Leg cramping

-Carpal tunnel syndrome


-Back and neck pain

-Pelvic pain

-Urinary tract infection

-Swelling and edema




-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


-Postpartum depression


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

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