Acupuncture & Pregnancy
Acupuncture is gaining popularity as a complementary medicine in the modern world. It is a form of alternative medicine and is an ancient Chinese method that involves inserting needles to specific points of your body.
What Does Acupuncture Do?
According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used to balance the flow of life. It involves inserting needles in different meridians that will re-balance the flow of energy. These meridians can be accessed through 350 points in the body.
According to neuroscience, acupuncture points are specific places in the body where tissues such as nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated and can relieve pain as it enhances the production of the body’s painkillers.
Many studies state that acupuncture causes the release of neuropeptides in the Central Nervous System (CNS) that activates self-healing mechanisms. It is also known to induce analgesia by triggering adenosine which is a pain-killing chemical and hence suppresses pain.
Is It Safe?
The risks associated with acupuncture are relatively low. It is safe in the hands of competent practitioners. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers acupuncture needles as medical devices. The manufacture and labeling of acupuncture needles need to meet appropriate standards and the needles must be sterile, nontoxic, and should only be used once only.
Acupuncture is less invasive, more natural, and less prone to adverse effects than other forms of treatment.
However, there are certain side effects that one can expect, such as bruising and soreness. Not everyone is a good candidate for acupuncture, and you should consult with your primary care physician. If you are planning on getting acupuncture, make sure you’re getting it from someone who’s skilled.
What Are The Benefits Of Acupuncture In Pregnancy?
Acupuncture has countless benefits in relieving symptoms and diseases. Some of the potential benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy are:
- Acupuncture helps relieve chronic back and neck pain. It is a beneficial adjunct for pain management
- It helps alleviate anxiety and depression
- Helps with insomnia
- It improves morning sickness
- It also helps modulate blood pressure, preventing pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
- It increases the likelihood of spontaneous labor
- Prevents the need for medical or surgical intervention during birth
When Should I Begin Acupuncture During Pregnancy?
It is recommended to begin pre-birth acupuncture at 36 weeks of pregnancy as a 4-5 week treatment. We offer acupuncture with Kari-Ann through Luna Acupuncture at Willow Loft. Kari-Ann firmly believes in providing gentle care tailored to each patient’s specific needs as a cornerstone to providing successful treatments!
Schedule a visit with Kari-Ann for acupuncture, acupressure, cupping, herbal consultations and more here.