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Acupuncture for Pregnancy

Acupuncture for Pregnancy

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Acupuncture for breech

In a 2023 review of moxibustion for turning breech babies they found

"Starting moxibustion treatment before 37 weeks of pregnancy probably reduces the chance of baby being head-up at birth".

Breech babies are  ideally  treated between 34 - 36 weeks gestation. This is often a one off treatment and I will then show you how to continue treatment at home with a moxa stick.

Acupuncture for labour induction

A 2023 study of acupuncture and Doxylamine found that 

"Both acupuncture and doxylamine-pyridoxine alone are efficacious for moderate and severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy".  They also reported that "the combination of acupuncture and doxylamine-pyridoxine may yield a potentially larger benefit than each treatment alone".

It is worth noting that in this study they found "Compared with placebo, a higher risk for births with children who were small for gestational age was observed with doxylamine-pyridoxine"

You can read my blog post here about the safety of acupuncture.

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Expecting Couple

Acupuncture for back pain

In a study of 1040 women they found that acupuncture 

"significantly improved pain, functional status and quality of life in women with LBPP (low back pain and/or pelvic pain) during the pregnancy. Additionally, acupuncture had no observable severe adverse influences on the newborns".

Acupuncture for Morning Sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently updating its guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of perimenopause.  Currently treatment options include:

  • HRT (hormone replacement therapy)

  • CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)

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