Acupuncture During Pregnancy
Acupuncture is a Chinese medical practice that is used to create harmony and balance within the body. This treatment has been used to help foster a healthy and uncomplicated pregnancy and labour.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a safe technique that has been practised for thousands of years. It is comfortable, despite the fact that very fine needles are used in various positions of the body to assist in energy flow. There are also specific points on the ear that can be used, just as body parts are used to stimulate energy flow. The needles are so gently placed on the body that they are barely noticeable at all.
The practitioner should be a professional that has been trained in the technique of administering acupuncture treatments. There are certain points on the body that can be stimulated to induce labour; a trained practitioner knows what points and energy meridians to avoid. Most practitioners feel acupuncture is both safe and beneficial for women to use as a therapeutic treatment during all stages of pregnancy.
What Benefits Does Acupuncture Have?
The practice of acupuncture can offer several benefits to the expectant mother, as it may be helpful in treating pre-existing health problems; as well as pregnancy-related conditions. Treatments are used therapeutically to treat issues such as psychological conditions during pregnancy, physical problems, fatigue, morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, haemorrhoids, back pain, edema, carpel tunnel syndrome and rhinitis during pregnancy.
A breech presentation of the foetus may also be treated. If the labour has gone past the expected due date, acupuncture can be used in certain ways to induce labour as well as control labour pains.
In China, it is common practice to use acupuncture to assist with the birth process. It has been observed that deliveries are generally shorter, less painful and cause less stress to the mother when they are used correctly. After labour, the treatments may be beneficial for fatigue, vaginal discharge, mastitis, insufficient or excessive milk supply, and post-operative healing. Treatments are a cost-effective and drug-free way to offer benefit to the woman.
How Often Can I Get Acupuncture?
During the final month of pregnancy, it is recommended that the expectant mother be seen on a weekly basis. The treatments seek to establish a healthy flow or qi, and if this has been diminished, then it can be restored through acupuncture treatments.
The common problems that acupuncturists treat in women are stress, worry and anxiety issues. Many women are concerned about the health of their baby and their ability to function on a daily basis throughout the pregnancy and after. Acupuncture is able to bring about a deep sense of relaxation and helps to create a balanced internal state, as well as a healthy and balanced outward perspective. The yin and yang forces of the body are rebalanced through acupuncture treatment.
Different points on the body correspond with different energy meridians, which are responsible for the free flow of energy. If energy is blocked in any particular area, it is assumed that this will affect the health in some way.
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