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

Acupuncture for Anxiety

Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental illness in the UK. Caused by stress, trauma or a by-product of another mental disorder, anxiety can be tough to crack. However, acupuncture can work wonders for anxiety problems. But does it actually work? Acupuncture That Works brings you a handy guide for acupuncture for anxiety.

How does acupuncture work for anxiety?

Acupuncture can help with relaxation
Acupuncture can help with relaxation

In Eastern medicine, the flow of Qi, or internal balance of energy, is crucial for good health. Qi is affected when you’re facing prolonged emotional and physical stresses. The Qi is disrupted and you become anxious. Acupuncture helps you to understand your own natural energy and make links between supposedly unconnected symptoms. We use the needles and sometimes moxibustion as part of treatment, but you may need to consider your diet, fitness levels and your general lifestyle. Traditional Chinese Medicine links anxiety to imbalances in the heart and the kidney. The needles are used on points around the heart, kidney, ears and spleen to treat anxiety. However, there are various types of Qi deficiencies with different symptoms as listed below:

  • Liver Qi Stagnation Affecting the Spleen

Unfocused mind, worried thoughts, palpitations, insomnia, low appetite, biting your tongue, weak pulse, moodiness, constipation or diarrhea, dry mouth.

  • Kidney Qi Deficiency

Feelings of fear and dread, weakness in the knees, decreased libido, cold hands/feet, weak pulse, feeling the need to urinate constantly, lower back weakness.

  • Heart/Spleen Qi Deficiency

Obsessive worry, palpitations, insomnia, low appetite, tense muscles, fatigue, low appetite, weak pulse

  • Lung Qi Deficiency

Mood swings, sadness, fatigue, profuse sweating, tongue with thin white coating, weak pulse, shortness of breath, feeling as if you have a lump in your throat.

General benefits of acupuncture for anxiety

  • Relieves stress
  • Boosts energy
  • Improves mood
  • Reduces sweating/palpitations
  • Immediate results
  • Regulates your digestive system

Conclusion

Acupuncture can be an immediate treatment for anxiety and provides relief straight away. After your first session you’ll feel more relaxed as soon as you walk out of the door. However, not every session will give you full, immediate relief. It’s highly advisable for those with long-term anxiety problems to attend a course of sessions to reap the benefits. It’s also important to combine acupuncture with other treatments.

To find out more and to book your first session please call us now on 0800 051 76 88