Can acupuncture help to reduce nausea and vomiting ?

Nausea and vomiting are symptoms that unfortunately most women will experience in early pregnancy. With worries that medication either prescribed by doctors or purchased over the counter could possibly harm their unborn child, many women are turning to acupuncture as an alternative. Despite acupuncture being a 4000 year old practice, new studies are showing evidence of the beneficial effect it can have on modern day ailments.Sickness

A recent randomised controlled study was undertaken to determine whether or not acupuncture can help to reduce nausea, vomiting, dry retching and overall help with general health in pregnant women. The trial consisted of 593 women who were all less than 14 weeks pregnant and were suffering with either nausea or vomiting. They were randomly placed into 4 groups, consisting of: traditional acupuncture, pericardium 6 acupuncture, sham acupuncture and no acupuncture. These treatments were then administered to the woman every week for 4 weeks.

The results of each group were monitored and compared showing that the women who receive traditional acupuncture treatments experienced less nausea throughout the trial and from the second week less dry retching in comparison to the no acupuncture group of women. The women who then received the pericardium acupuncture experienced less nausea from the second week on the trial and from the third week, less dry retching when compared with the no acupuncture group.  And finally the women in the sham acupuncture group from the third week were reporting less nausea and dry retching when compared to the women in the no acupuncture group.


This solitary trail is just one in the many studies that are being carried out showing the beneficial effect acupuncture can have. And, in this instance it is evident that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy.

Benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy

Acupuncture is very beneficial during pregnancy. It can tone down morning sickness, induce labour and has even been known to turn a breech baby. Some women even turn to acupuncture to help them through the tough contractions in labour. In other words, it can be used as an advantage at any point during the pregnancy. That’s why we, at Acupuncture That Works, would like to share the benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy…

Acupuncture for morning sickness

Acupuncture Could HelpWith over 50% of pregnant women suffering from morning sickness, it’s one of the pitfalls when you’re expecting. It’s usually caused by changes in hormones, stress levels and emotions. Acupuncture can help alleviate morning sickness by increasing blood flow , energy and improving emotional balance.

Acupuncture to turn breech babies

Moxibustion is an ancient acupuncture technique used to turn breech babies. It’s completely safe and simply involves a herb called moxa. This is compressed into s special cylinder-shaped stick where it is lit at one end and held just over the acupuncture point on the little toe so the smoke billows over it. Moxibustion stimulates blood circulation – especially in the pelvis and uterus.

Acupuncture to induce labour

Getting worried your little one is making an appearance? Acupuncture can induce overdue pregnancies when carried out by a fully qualified professional. You’ll need written permission from your doctor before you can continue acupuncture treatment to induce labour. It works by getting the body to open and stretch the cervix in order to prepare for labour. Sometimes the results are immediate, sometimes it takes a few days – it all depends on when your baby is naturally ready.

Acupuncture during labour

Acupuncture can be used for pain relief during labour, as well as give you an energy boost. If your contractions have stopped you can, as we mentioned before, use acupuncture to re-induce labour.

It’s very important that you use a qualified acupuncturist, especially if you’re expecting. Our staff are fully insured, fully qualified Members of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture so you’re in safe hands with Acupuncture That Works.

To find out more and to discuss your pregnancy with one of our Acupuncturists please call now on 0800 051 76 88

Can Acupuncture guarantee pregnancy?

We read with interest this week an article about a company specialising in Neuroscience who have claimed that a ground-breaking method of ‘Neuroscientific Fertility Treatment’ which encompasses the use of acupuncture can result in women becoming pregnant in 24 weeks.

The treatment itself does not claim solely that acupuncture is the answer, but with a combination of healthy eating, exercise and adequate sleep amongst other simple lifestyle changes the treatment should be successful. The original article seen here is based on the work of neuroscientists who state that not only does the programme help people to conceive naturally but it also improves their mental and physical wellbeing. Overall, statistics show that the longer couples partake in the programme the higher the success rate becomes with the overall success rate being between 66 and 77 percent. Further research has also shown that couples completing the full recommended 24 weeks and partaking in at least 20 treatments has led to a 75 percent success rate.

Here at Acupuncture That Works we will not make false claims that acupuncture alone is the answer to conceiving as we believe that other factors such as healthy living are a crucial factor in the success. However, within the past 12 months four women have been using our acupuncture treatments to try and conceive naturally, and we are delighted to be able to say that all four women have conceived. At Acupuncture That Works we understand that despite constantly being told to lead a healthy lifestyle, it is not always possible with all the pressures that modern day living brings which eventually can lead to ongoing health problems. Acupuncture can both improve your overall health and wellbeing whilst working to help improve the chance of conception.

Please call us today for a free no obligation consultation to discuss how acupuncture could help improve your chance of conception on 0800 051 76 88.