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Pregnancy – The Use of Acupuncture in Labour

Labour is defined as the onset of regular uterine contractions with dilation of the cervix. Labour can start in different ways. For some women, it is the amniotic fluid that starts to leak. For others, it is the start of contractions that indicate an upcoming labour. As per TCM principles, the end of pregnancy is characterized by a shift from Yin phase to Yang phase. Yang energy expels yin and pushes out the baby downward. A healthy balance of qi and blood are necessary for a harmonious delivery.

The amniotic membrane provides protection for the baby in utero. Once the water breaks, there may be a risk of infection unless the baby is delivered. If contractions do not begin naturally, in the clinic they are stimulated by administering a form of Oxytocin. With this approach, there may be a risk of contractions being too strong. Often inducing by administering oxytocin medically leads to a surgical caesarean delivery.

Acupuncture Treatment can help in cases of delayed labor that result from abnormal uterine contractions. It can stimulate or regulate the contractions when they are absent or progressing slowly. It can help the baby descend into the pelvic cavity. If labor is delayed due to emotional stress, acupuncture can help relieve the tension by moving the stagnant liver Qi. Certain back points also help stimulate the muscles of the uterus and in the process can help relieve back pain. Acupuncture does indeed give good results in cases of difficult labor.

Another commonly seen benefit of acupuncture towards the end of pregnancy is in cases of breech presentations. It occurs in 2-4 % of pregnant women. Often the delivery of breech babies ends up being via caesarean section as well. The use of moxibustion in such cases helps turn the baby from breech to a cephalic position. The effectiveness of moxibustion in positioning the baby naturally has been the subject of numerous clinical trials and research. Treatment is usually started at about 34-week gestation and is done for 15 minutes each day for about 10 days.

Acupuncture has increasingly become popular for women in childbirth today. It offers natural pain relieving techniques and no harmful side effects for the mother or the baby. Also, women feel they are involved and in control during the labour process.

Also, come and join us for our Healthy Pregnancy Seminar series.  To learn more about this event, visit https://www.nhchalton.com/oakville/events/healthy-pregnancy-4-weeks-seminar-series/.

Acupuncture Services and Conditions its known to treat

Acupuncture is known to treat a variety of conditions, some of which includes:

Cardiovascular Disorder

Cardiovascular Disorder

Cardiovascular disorders affect the heart and the circulation of blood. They can be classified as either congenital or acquired and can also include cardiomyopathies.

Cardiovascular Disorder

Respiratory Conditions

Respiratory Conditions

Acupuncture works to complement Western Medicine and can be a successful treatment for respiratory conditions. Acupuncture for respiratory conditions have been found to improve the quality of life for patients with asthma and COPD.

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Sore throat
  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal congestion
Respiratory Conditions

Digestive Issues

Digestive Issues

Digestive disorders include many different conditions that can cause pain or discomfort in the stomach, intestines and other parts of the digestive tract. Acupuncture has been found to provide relief for gastrointestinal disorders.

  • Esophagitis
  • Acid reflux
  • Gastritis
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
Digestive Issues

Obstetrics and Gynecological

Obstetrics and Gynecological

Acupuncture, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, has been used in obstetrics and gynecology to relieve pain and other symptoms such as labor pain, menopause, menstrual cramps, and infertility. It also helps with insomnia and other painful conditions like trigeminal neuralgia.

  • Hormonal dysregulation
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Painful or heavy menstruation
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
Obstetrics and Gynecological

Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal pain can range from mild to severe pain. There are many benefits of acupuncture including decreased pain, reduced inflammation, and improved function.

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sports injuries
Musculoskeletal Pain

Psychological conditions

Psychological conditions

Psychological conditions can be used both to prevent or stop anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and other emotional problems. It has shown to be effective in treating both physical and psychological conditions.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Substance abuse
  • Addictions
Psychological conditions

Neurological Conditions

Neurological Conditions

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in conditions ranging from minor pain to deadly cancer and neurological disorders. Scientific research has shown that electroacupuncture promotes the release of neurotransmitters in the brain which can help ease symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Neuralgias
  • Forms of paralysis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
Neurological Conditions

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