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Acupuncture Morning Sickness

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy that can treat various health complications and problems. Popularly known to treat different types of pains, acupuncture is also an effective remedy for morning sickness in pregnancy.

Morning sickness is a very common complaint in pregnant woman, affecting between the sixth and sixteenth week. It is caused due to hormonal imbalances in the body, generally triggered by pregnancy itself. The degree and intensity of symptoms can often vary in severity from one person to another. While at some time it could be just a bout of nausea, at other times it can be extremely violent vomiting and dizziness. Acupuncture morning sickness therapy is relatively safer and quite effective at the same time.

Different Acupuncture Points That Promote Relief

There are several studies that have documented how acupuncture can combat nausea, vomiting and other signs of morning sickness. There are different acupoints located in the body for various conditions. The ideal point for morning sickness is PC6, which is located just above the wrist on both arms. This is the most effective point that treats morning sickness in pregnancy.

Acupuncture morning sickness therapy focuses mainly on redirecting the source of energy back to the fetus and strengthens the spleen as well as stomach as a complete paired system. There are common points used that are often similar to the western bands of motion sickness worn around the wrists; acupuncture also points those areas to give relief to a patient. Acupuncture stimulates the stagnant or blocked points to strengthen them and combines treatment to improve digestion. In a way, it is a comprehensive and effective course of treatment.

Healing Morning Sickness Holistically

Acupuncture is mainly about balance. The wealth of acupuncture takes each person’s unique body composition and presentation into account to form correct diagnosis depending on the constitution of a patient. Chinese medicine can diagnose the cause of a disorder and provide support as well as solution to the problem. As such, for 4 women suffering from morning sickness, there might be four different courses of treatment to follow. There is no single treatment plan for every patient; acupuncture therapy depends on the condition of a patient.

Since morning sickness is believed to be the result of hormonal imbalances in the body, acupuncture is a therapy that can bring back balance. Acupuncturists listen to their patient first and the symptoms they experience. In case of pregnant women, every case will be different. For some women, morning sickness may worsen with their meals or with some foods; some women may have a foul taste in mouth; others may experience stomach growling etc. With the estimated number and intensity of symptoms, acupuncturists can plan a course of action.

Besides therapy, some dietary guidelines may be mentioned to women for quick relief.

In general, women require two-three sessions of acupuncture to get complete relief from morning sickness. However, in order to maintain its good effects for the three trimesters of pregnancy, continuation is often a good idea.

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