Acupuncture Treatment for Morning Sickness





I would like to answer a few questions about acupuncture treatment for morning sickness that I recently received from my colleague, Adam Gries. in San Diego.

The questions concern a video, the link to said video was a part of my post of December 29th. post.

Click on or cut and paste either of these links and watch the video, it should help to understand Adam’s questions.


Kara ready for her acupuncture treatment

In response to Adam’s questions;

Do you do any root treatment for her?

Yes. I did a Spleen root treatment tonifying Pe.7 and Sp.3 shunting ST.36 earlier in treatment program I may have shunted St.44.

Do you have any concerns with doing the Kyutoshin on BL 23 (i.e. low back) since it is a bit more of a deeper penetrating approach, during pregnancy?

I used Kyutoshin on Bl. 20 NOT Bl.23 to tonify Spleen yin and help reduce the deficient Stomach heat that was causing the nausea. Using yang (heat from needle head moxa infused into the Meridian at a Yin level).

‘Yang feeds the yin whilst the yin controls the yang.’

One of the basic philosophical tenures our forebears first put forward a few thousand years ago.

I would not exclude the judicious application of kyutoshin on the lower back area at any stage of pregnancy particularly in the 1st trimester but take great care not to overdo it.

As a rule of thumb, tonetskyu or rice grain moxibustion is probably a safer way to go until one has built up significant pre-natal clinical experience.

Can you also explain how that treatment works to alleviate the morning sickness/ nausea?

All treatment is aimed at cooling the deficient heat (a relatively excess amount of yang qi) in the stomach by tonifying the yin, be it Spleen, Kidney or Liver Yin.

Thanks for the incisive questions Adam, hope this is of some help to those readers struggling to understand why I would use moxibustion to treat a condition exhibiting relatively excessive yang qi as a result of deficient yin qi.

Tonifying the yin qi always helps to control the excessive yang qi in these situations.

Have a good 1,











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.

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