What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine. There are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points throughout the body. These points fall along pathways, known as meridians. Energy, or Qi (pronounced CHEE), flows through these meridians.
In traditional Chinese medicine the body is viewed as two opposing forces, yin and yang. When imbalance occurs between the yin and yang, it blocks the flow of Qi. As a result, this causes health problems, pain, and disease.
So, depending on the medical issue, an acupuncturist will place very thin needles at a unique combination of points. This is designed to unblock the meridians, restoring the flow of Qi and health to the body.
Researchers have found that acupuncture points correspond to nerves that are stimulated or activated. This helps to release brain chemicals such as cortisol (stress) or endorphins (which block pain signals) to assist with relieving symptoms.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Yes. Acupuncture has been around for centuries and is safe during pregnancy. Acupuncture is a healing art and studies have shown many benefits during pregnancy. In general, research shows that acupuncture does not cause miscarriage or any other complications, when comparing women who receive acupuncture versus those who do not.
Most reports show the risks with acupuncture may be soreness and redness. We recommend checking with your OB before starting any services or exercise program while pregnant. As with most first trimester and high risk pregnancy services, Pregnancy Treasures requires a note from your MD.
What are the benefits?
Pregnancy comes with all kinds of aches and pains that acupuncture relieves. First of all, back aches, joint pain, and headaches improve with regular treatment. In addition, common issues like insomnia, digestion problems, and morning sickness lessen. Acupuncture has also shown to help with conception, pregnancy health, and postpartum.
Doctors may recommend acupuncture for blood pressure regulation, encouraging a breech baby to flip, and preparing the body for labor. Yet another benefit of free flowing Qi is a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms.
Pregnancy Treasures is pleased to offer acupuncture to help improve pregnancy health. Along with the benefits above, there are more that we will address in future blog posts.
Acupuncture at Pregnancy Treasures
Pregnancy Treasures has partnered with Dr. Mära S Kevan, DACM, L.Ac. Doctor Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, Licensed Acupuncture Physician
Click here to read more about Pregnancy Treasures’ acupuncture services and to schedule a consult with Dr. Mära.