Acupuncture and pregnancy: 7 questions to a specialist

Acupuncture offers a choice alternative to taking medication, often limited during pregnancy. Recommended for the treatment of nausea by the High Authority of the health, can it cure you of all the evils of the pregnancy?

Dr. Denis Colin, Acupuncturist, answers our questions.

1. What are the pains of pregnancy treated with acupuncture?

  • In the first trimester, she effectively treats nausea and vomiting, sleep disorders and threats of miscarriage.
  • The next trimester, its action targets all types of pain, especially digestive and lumbar.
  • Towards the end of pregnancy, acupuncture can affect contractions, incorrect fetal presentations (baby sitting) and maturation of the cervix.

2. Acupuncture, how does it work?

  • Acupuncture aims to restore the free flow of energy in the body, through the regulation of specific points located on meridians or acupuncture paths.
  • Pregnancy causes excess (you are too Yang) or energy slowdowns (too Yin) that result in as many different symptoms. An example: when the energy circulates poorly in the meridians liver / gallbladder and stomach / spleen, the expectant mother is in the grip of nausea.
  • The circulatory system may also be lacking. It is often during the third trimester that venous return is less successful. Your legs become heavy, your blood vessels burst. In energy, these symptoms indicate that Yin is either excess or deficient. Your venous system becomes lazy.
  • Conversely, if the energy of your spleen is racing, you may be prone to trouble falling asleep. In most cases, a few acupuncture sessions at fifteen days intervals are enough to alleviate the vomiting, give you light legs or restore a good sleep.

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