Acupuncture during pregnancy offers women the choice of drug-free treatment and can be successfully used to treat a wide range of conditions. These include:
Acupuncture is often very effective in reducing the severity and frequency of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Research in Australia has concluded that "Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry-retching in early pregnancy"
Pre-Birth Treatment involves a series of 4 acupuncture treatments done weekly, from 36 or 37 weeks pregnancy to prepare the body for an efficient labour.
The aim of the treatments is to:
Acupuncture points are used according to the woman's constitution and pregnancy history.
Research in a major midwifery practice in New Zealand has demonstrated that Pre-Birth Acupuncture is able to:
Moxibustion treatment is offered to women from 33 weeks gestation. Moxa is a plant (Artemisia Argyi Folium) that is used as a heat source to stimulate acupuncture points. By treating an acu-point on the toe with moxa, the baby can gradually turn to the correct 'head down' position, ready for birth.
Breech babies are ideally treated between 34-36 weeks gestation, and usually involves 1-2 sessions.
Acupuncture can provide a gentle inducement of labour if the baby is overdue and it is an effective alternative to those wanting to avoid a medical induction
Acupressure offers drug-free alternatives for pain relief during labour.
Sessions are available to teach partners/support people these useful acupressure techniques so that they can provide assistance during labour.