How does Acupuncture work?

Daily stresses, lifestyle choices and injury upset our natural balance and lead to physical and emotional symptoms.  By identifying the root cause of the symptoms I use very fine, painless needles to activate specific energy points on the body to help bring both body and mind back to health.  MRI scans show that acupuncture triggers the body’s healing process by calming the central nervous system, regulating hormones and releasing endorphins.

What can Acupuncture treat?

Common complaints successfully and regularly treated include;

  • Infertility and IVF support
  • Stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic fatigue
  • Digestive disorders – IBS, bloating, constipation
  • Menstrual and menopausal disorders – PMT, Endometriosis, PCOS
  • Pregnancy discomforts, morning sickness and labour induction
  • Headaches Migraines Asthma 

The benefits of Acupuncture

Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms.

This approach helps resolve your main problem but also enhance your feeling of general wellbeing. You may notice other niggling problems resolve.  You are likely to sleep better and feel less stressed.

In general most report a heightened sense of wellbeing and energy. 

Does it hurt?

I often get asked this and always find patients are surprised that after the initial insertion of the needle they generally report a feeling of warmness or tingling sensation.

Acupuncture Early Pregnancy

Acupuncture is a safe and effective option to nurture and support early pregnancy by providing relief for many common discomforts without drugs and their harmful side effects.

Acupuncture can treat morning sickness

Many women experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester of pregnancy. These symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, are likely caused by hormone changes in the body. If you find that you are nauseous most of the day, or if you cannot stop vomiting, you need to seek medical advice.

Most women are reluctant to use conventional medications to reduce their symptoms; so acupuncture offers an appealing alternative for alleviating nausea and vomiting. Smith et al. in 2002 published that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy.

Acupuncture promotes emotional health and relaxation

Pregnancy brings many wonderful joys and excitement. However, many women are often surprised to learn that the hormonal adjustments in their bodies are causing them to experience mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, and stress.

Women with previously unexplained miscarriages, threatened miscarriages and/or stress related to an IVF cycle may be particularly vulnerable to worries and fears about successfully carrying a baby to term. Researchers have found that stress in early pregnancy causes elevated levels of the hormone cortisol, which may suppress progesterone and make the immune system hostile to the developing embryo.

Acupuncture is an incredibly effective tool for reducing stress. It naturally stimulates the central nervous system and increases the production of endorphins, which are the body’s own chemicals for lowering stress-related cortisol levels. Lowering cortisol levels improves a person’s mood and overall feeling of well-being.

The March 2010 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that women who used acupuncture for depression during pregnancy experienced a greater reduction in symptom severity and expressed a more positive response than those in control groups. Acupuncture for depression can be as effective as the conventional treatment approaches of counseling and drugs.

Acupuncture reduces bleeding in threatened miscarriages

Acupuncture enhances the mother’s health and helps ensure the growth of the fetus, especially if a woman has a history of miscarriage. The first trimester is the most critical time in a woman’s pregnancy because a successful pregnancy often hinges on the early stages of fetal development.  Many drugs that are typically prescribed in Western treatments may present a risk to the developing fetus. That is why acupuncture is an excellent, worry-free choice for addressing many physical and emotional changes that occur during early pregnancy.

About 25 percent of pregnant women in the first trimester experience some vaginal bleeding.  It is important to know that not all bleeding is a precursor to miscarriage.  In fact, about half of the women who have bleeding do not have miscarriages.  However, if you have vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy, you should report it to your doctor immediately. Some causes of vaginal bleeding include implantation bleeding and cervical erosion.  By strengthening weaknesses in the mother’s health, acupuncture can calm the uterus to help prevent uterine contractions and certain types of threatened miscarriages.

My recommendation

For optimum results, I recommend weekly acupuncture treatments until 12 weeks of gestation.  In addition, i believe that maintaining a healthy diet, better lifestyle, and positive emotions can directly nourish and support the fetus.  Women should eat nutrient-rich and easily digestible, cooked food in small portions more often during the day, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid spicy, fried and greasy foods.

Enjoy this special time in your life! Staying healthy and supporting a full-term pregnancy is something women have done for centuries.