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ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE HERBS      
Gillian Price MBAcC MRCHM
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Acupuncture and Pregnancy
(Pregnancy Support)
Research
Nausea During Pregnancy
Research from Australia (1) highlighted that women receiving traditional  
experienced faster relief when compared to those groups receiving routine
prescribed points or "sham" acupuncture. This research also looked at the
successful pregnancy outcomes for the women involved, concluding that
"acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for women who experience nausea
and dry retching in early pregnancy" (2).

Musculo-Skeletal Pain
Research from Sweden (3) concluded that, when compared to physiotherapy,
acupuncture was the treatment of choice for symphysis pubis and sacroiliac pain.

Breech and Posterior Babies
The New Zealand Evidence Based practice guidelines for care of women with
Breech presentation (4) recommends that moxibustion may be offered to women
from 33 weeks gestation. This follows research from Italy (5) that demonstrated
moxibustion can have a significant effect in turning breech babies. Ideally treatment
is at 34 - 35 weeks, but can still be useful when used later in the pregnancy.
Techniques can also help babies that are not in the optimal position prior to birth,
such as those in a posterior position.

Labour Preparation
Three to four weeks prior to the due date a treatment to prepare the pelvis and
cervix can be commenced. This is followed by one treatment per week until labour
begins. Research from Germany (6) indicated the potential for a more efficient
active stage of labour. A New Zealand study with midwives (7) indicated a reduction
in women requiring medical intervention, includind medical induction and
caesarian section.

Induction
Acupuncture can provide a gentle inducement to labour if the baby is overdue and
can be an effective alternative to a medical induction. Research from Norway (8) on
the use of acupuncture for women with premature rupture of membranes (PROM)
concluded that "Ideally acupuncture treatment should be offered to all women with
PROM and other women who wish to use this method to facilitate their birth and
keep it normal".
The above has been reproduced courtesy of Debra Betts -
www.acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz