More On Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Childbirth

Greetings and salutations on what is a cold, windy day on the Gold Coast.

The surf is not quite good enough to entice this body out there today.

Having had 2 sessions totalling 3 1/2 hrs yesterday and being rather stiff and sore I have decided to pull the pin on todays session.

Today’s post includes an extremely generous offer from Joel Fellman of http://www.altmd.com/ for readers and subscribers of this blog.

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I was reading Debra Bett’s book, ‘Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth‘. and I came across this pertinent and very topical¬† excerpt from the preface.

My initial introduction to the use of acupuncture in pregnancy was a personal one, finding myself pregnant during the final year of my acupuncture studies.

At the time I found very little information apart from the standard treatments for morning sickness, the use of moxa to turn breech babies and some studies on using ear acupuncture for pain relief during birth.

Several pregnancies later, and after more than fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in pregnancy care, including implementing acupuncture courses specifically designed for midwives, my intention now is to offer the practical information I was then seeking.

Acupuncture is an ideal form of treatment as it offers women drug-free relief for a multitude of problems that can arise during pregnancy and childbirth. Its use for conditions often regarded as part of a normal pregnancy for example morning sickness, sciatica and symphysis pubis pain can not only improve a woman’s quality of life but also prevent them from becoming serious enough to necessitate medical treatment.

Prebirth acupuncture can enhance the prospects of an efficient labour, and the teaching of acupressure to a woman’s partner or support people can make a great difference to the levels of pain experienced during labour.

During labour, acupuncture can play a role in actively reducing the level of medical interventions such as inductions, forceps deliveries and caesarean sections. Midwives have found that acupuncture can provide effective treatment for disorders such as pregnancy-induced hypertension and posterior presentation (prior to and during labour), and can help induce labour, allowing women to achieve natural childbirth.

Throughout this text I have assumed that non-medical acupuncturists will be working alongside the woman’s caregivers whether her midwife, doctor or specialist. This is imperative to offer women safe and effective care.

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Hope all is well in your world,

Alan

About Alan

Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. As a staunch advocate of practically based workshops, Alan draws upon his 35 years clinical experience and 23 years post and undergraduate teaching. Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than 70 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, Europe, and USA.

Comments

  1. A large-scale review of over 60 studies has revealed that acupuncture is safe for children. Leading experts consider acupuncture treatment to be “low risk” with adverse affects appearing in only 1.55 per 100 cases.

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