I have been treating women’s health for many years now and the one question I often hear is;
“Does Acupuncture hurt?”
I practise a gentle acupuncture technique and I inform my patients that whilst we are penetrating the skin with a fine disposable sterile needle it usually doesn’t hurt. Sometimes when the needle is inserted into the acupuncture point you may feel a little prick but that sensation is usually fleeting. Often, the sensation after insertion might feel like a dull achy feeling or a feeling of warmth around the point, a heavy sensation or not much at all. Acupuncture points are located all over the body and the ones that are used the most are located on the limbs, back and abdomen. Most people report to me after the treatment that they feel very relaxed and it also gives you a chance to lie down for a good 20 – 30 minutes!
Another question I often hear is;
“Is Acupuncture safe during pregnancy?”
Acupuncture can be used throughout pregnancy from beginning to end. It is so wonderful in pregnancy as it is drug free.
Whilst there are acupuncture points that are historically contraindicated during pregnancy I am well aware of their locations and actions and why they are considered to be unsafe during pregnancy.
Acupuncture can be used throughout all three trimesters of pregnancy and may help with common symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and musculoskeletal complaints.
There have been numerous studies to show that acupuncture is an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy. Smith C et al published two articles from their research on nausea in pregnancy. One looked at the effectiveness of acupuncture and the second at the safety of acupuncture treatment in early pregnancy. The authors concluded that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment in early pregnancy (Smith C, et al. Birth 2002 Mar;29(1)1-9).
Acupuncture for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy from a review of 3 trials examining treatment of back and pelvic pain in pregnancy concludes that acupuncture, as an adjunct to standard treatment is superior to standard treatment alone (Ee CC et al, 2008 Am J Obstet Gynecol Mar;198(3):254-9. American Jnl Obstetrics and Gynaecology).
I have been practising Chinese Medicine involving acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for over 10 years. I have worked in various clinics supporting women’s health, fertility, IVF support and pregnancy. My passion and experience lies within these areas. I love nothing more than helping people on their journey to achieve optimum health.
My role at MAMA Kensington is as a Chinese Medicine practitioner involving acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional guidance.
If you would like to know more or have any questions as to how acupuncture may help you please give me a call.
Chinese Medicine practitioner
Available on Wednesday’s at MAMA Kensington.
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