|Posted by H. Frank Neely L.Ac. on January 8, 2011 at 11:25 AM|
Acupuncture is a natural, safe, inexpensive and relaxing treatment for many common problems that occur with pregnancy. Most pharmaceuticals are contraindicated during pregnancy and many expecting mothers wish to use natural ways to deal with issues that arise during this time.
For thousands of years Acupuncture and herbology have been used to promote a happy, healthy and comfortable pregnancy.
Special acupuncture points can insure a healthy mom duringthe different stages of gestation and at the same time prevent toxins from flowing from the mother to the fetus. This is an ancient traditional acupuncture prescription known as “the beautiful baby points,” and are believed to help calm anxiety and stress and tonify the blood of the mother while increasing the immunity of the fetus.
Acupuncture can also be used during pregnancy to treat pre-existing conditions of the mother these include emotional issues, stress,fatigue, headaches, migraines, pain and many other conditions.
The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that Moxabustion corrects Breech Presentation by stimulating fetal movement. Moxabustion is a traditional Chinese Medical technique that uses the dry herb mugwort which is burned over acupoints. The heat generated from the burning herb stimulates the point and increases fetal movement.
Prenatal Conditions Treated With Acupuncture
For induction of labor, Acupuncture is a natural and safe option for expecting mothers who seek a natural child birth and wish to avoid toxic medication that can be passed along to the baby. Acupuncture causes the release of the bodie's own hormones oxytocin and prostaglandins that cause uterine contractions and dilation of the cervix.
Acupuncture during labor and delivery can help relaxation and relieve pain while shortening overall labortime. During labor special Acupuncture points are used that release prostaglandinsand oxytocin which increase dilation of the cervix and uterine contractions shortening time spent in labor. This can significantly reduce pain.
General treatment plan for pregnancy
During the first trimester Acupuncture is used to stabilize the fetus to prevent miscarriage and to treat morning sickness and fatigue.
Acupuncture during the second trimester focuses on relieving discomfort and pain. Treatments also focus on promoting relaxation and relieving stress while treating any complications or preexisting conditions.
During the final trimester Acupuncture prepares the body for birth by boosting immunity and relieving stress. At this time treatment for breach presentation and induction of labor can be done.