Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is very safe to have during pregnancy and is an effective option at a time when many women choose to avoid taking medication for minor ailments.
How can acupuncture help during pregnancy?
Many conditions which routinely crop up during pregnancy would benefit from a natural solution.
Acupuncture, when provided by a trained prectitioner, can give relief for a range of pregnancy related conditions:
- Morning sickness
- High/low blood pressure
- Tender breasts
- Migraine and other headaches
- Back ache
- Pelvic pain (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction)
- Varicose veins
Acupuncture can turn breech babies.
An adjunct to acupuncture called moxibustion has been used for many centuries to turn breech babies. A herb called moxa is compacted into a cigar shaped stick, one end of which is lit and it's slowly smoldered directly above an acupuncture point on the little toe.
Research continues, but previous scientific studies have found promising results for the turning of breech babies; somewhere in the region of 80% success rate.
After the birth
Acupuncture is used by new mothers to increase energy levels, to promote healing and to combat the 'baby blues'.
It is also very helpful in treating mastitis.