Alternative Therapies in Pregnancy: Acupuncture
Pin…Point…Prick. Little tiny needles all over the body healing ailments both seen and unseen. Acupuncture is an alternative form of therapy that can be useful and healing in pregnancy. Although the thought of many pin pricks to the body can send shivers up one’s spin (literally) the body does a natural reset with the energies that are released through the precision of placement of each individual needle.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is a holistic treatment that entails the insertion of very thin needles into the skin in precise and strategic points of the body. This specialty has many benefits to the body mentally, physically, and emotionally with various treatments. Acupuncture stimulates the systems of the body, which in turn may trigger a healing response and restores positive energy. Finding a provider that specializes in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is important to gain the benefits and true form of treatments.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
There are many benefits of acupuncture as an alternative form of therapy during pregnancy. Acupuncture can aid in relief from nausea, extreme fatigue, and morning sickness. The uncomfortable pain from sciatica can be resolved. Another benefit to this TCM alternative is that Moxibustion can be utilized to assist a known breech baby to “turn” into an optimal birthing position. Another added benefit to acupuncture, is that it can support health in infertility and aid in IVF successes. Inducing labor is one benefit that some find in pregnancy when using acupuncture.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
The studies to evaluate the risks of utilizing acupuncture in pregnancy have not been shown to have a significant negative impact. Some minor risks have included: soreness, redness, or infection at the point of insertion. Another situation that can be deemed as a risk is because acupuncture can be used to induce contractions and bring on the stages of labor. When the body (and baby) is not quite ready to begin their birthing process, this could pose an emotional, mental, and physical impact on awaiting for the baby’s impending arrival.
RESOURCES IN THE VALLEY
Here in Las Vegas, you don’t have to search too hard to find a great collection of acupuncturists to support you in your pregnancy. Specializing in TCM, fertility, pregnancy ailments, and more, these practices will get you started in the right direction.
If you’re experiencing above average pain during your pregnancy, acupuncture can help. If you are wanting to keep pregnancy ailments at bay, acupuncture can help. Looking for ways to improve IVF outcomes, boost fertility or treat PCOS, acupuncture can help. Acupuncture is a holistic way to promote a healthy environment for the body in many ways. As with anything being introduced, especially while expecting, please contact and consult with your primary provider.