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How Effective And Safe Is It To Have Acupuncture During Pregnancy?

Posted on the 16 July 2015 by Jocelyn Jones @jocelynjones140
How Effective And Safe Is It To Have Acupuncture During Pregnancy?

Acupuncture during pregnancy has proved to be quite effective. It is also safe. But remember one thing – it isn’t a substitute for Western prenatal medical care. In fact, it only offers complementary care, which has got several benefits. And since it has no side effects, a number of women in Sydney who are having several pregnancy complaints now seek this therapeutic treatment to drug therapy nowadays.

The contemporary practice of acupuncture is after all based on many historical diagnostic theories with roots for pregnancy treatment, which go back for over two thousand years. But the use of it today depends largely on modern and evidence-based medication as well as standards of safety. For instance, license acupuncturists make sure to follow strict standards when it comes to needle sterility & safety.

Studies have even shown that acupuncture is very effective for morning sickness, stress, low back pain, hip pain, heatburn, gestational diabetes, constipation, moderate to mild depression, breech position, labour induction & shortening the labor length.

Skilled and experienced practitioners of acupuncture offer complementary treatment for several complications that arise from pregnancy. Nowadays research is being done on routine use of this therapeutic treatment for enhancing wellness during pregnancy & labor.

Acupuncture can also help in male and female infertility treatment. Studies have shown that it can increase chances of conception in females undergoing fertility treatment and increase the quality of the sperm in men. Acupuncture is in fact successfully and increasingly being used as an adjunct to modern fertility treatments like IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies.

Many scientific studies have been conducted on whether acupuncture is safe during pregnancy or not. But no single study pointed to any increased risk from the use of it during pregnancy. A study was also conducted in an University in Australia a few years before on safety of this treatment for nausea in early pregnancy. The result of the study verified that there isn’t any increased risk of miscarriage, congenital anomalies, placental abruption, stillbirth, premature birth, pre-eclampsia, birth weight or pregnancy-induced hypertension when women receive acupuncture during pregnancy. The study was actually conducted during first trimester of pregnancy when development of the fetus is most vulnerable.

But one thing must always be remembered when looking for an acupuncturist. The professional must be a licensed practitioner and should have experience in treating pregnancy.


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