Pregnancy, childbirth and the post-natal period
Chinese medicine is highly effective in caring for both mother and baby during pregnancy. Acupuncture gets excellent results for morning sickness, even where there is constant, countless episodes of vomiting, and with a foundation of 200 years of clinical observation, Chinese herbalists and acupuncturists are the experts when it comes to knowing what is safe and beneficial for mother and child alike. It is used in cases of threatened and recurrent miscarriage, for the numerous common problems which can arise during pregnancy. Closer to the due date, acupuncture is used to prepare the perineum and enhance cervical ripening.
Chinese medicine can care for maternal health while avoiding antibiotics and other strong drugs, and by caring for maternal health and building the mother’s strength, has been found to improve labour outcomes. The best outcomes occur when the mother’s health and ‘qi’ are at optimum levels. Prolonged labour is often the result of deficient ‘qi’.
Pregnancy and childbirth are natural processes, but are not without associated problems. Chinese medicine is able to treat most of these problems, some of which are mentioned below:
Morning sickness is a debilitating condition which can be severe and persistent. Where there is frequent vomiting, it is referred to as hyperemesis gravidarum, which means excessive vomiting in pregnancy. The loss of nutrients can have a serious impact on health, with the potential for multiple organ dysfunction. Acupuncture is highly effective, and bypasses the need to take oral medication, which are not always effective, and which do not always stay down!
Anxiety, sleep disorders, urinary tract infections and common colds are all more common in pregnancy, and Chinese medicine offers excellent treatment without the need for strong drugs.
Some other common problems are gestational diabetes, constipation and haemorrhoids.