Acupuncture for Morning Sickness
Acupuncture for morning sickness can be an effective natural alternative treatment to reduce symptoms of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Often it occurs first thing in the morning however the time of the symptoms can vary, such as lasting all day to waking with nausea at night. Around half of all pregnant women will experience morning sickness. It is most common between the sixth and sixteenth weeks however some women will have morning sickness symptoms at the initial onset of pregnancy and other will experience it for the entire duration.
During pregnancy there is a rapid increase in human Chrionic Gonadotropin (hCG) and oestrogen. Both hormones, particularly hCG contribute to nausea in pregnancy. Another contributing factor is fatigue. It is thought that women that fall pregnant while fatigued have an increased risk of developing morning sickness. During pregnancy, fatigue can directly influence the intensity of morning sickness symptoms. Stress and emotions can also contribute to increase of symptoms.
From a acupuncture Chinese medicine perspective, morning sickness is described as rebellious energy moving upwards that needs to be subdued. This energy may be moving upwards causing morning sickness due to a variety of reasons which are uncovered in an acupuncture morning sickness treatment. By observation of your tongue, feeling your pulse and asking questions, a Chinese medicine diagnosis is formed which will lead to the right acupuncture points, dietary advice and lifestyle modifications that for thousands of years have been known to reduce morning sickness symptoms.