Acupuncture is one of the branches of tradional chinese medicine (TCM). It is based on the concept of balance.
This is defined by Yin/Yang, Qi (life-force), and the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water). According to TCM, bodily health depends on the correct balance between these elements. Ill-health occurs when there is an imbalance between the Yin and the Yang.
The aim of an acupuncture session is to re-establish the balance of Yin and Yang, and to remove any blockages of the Qi force, bringing the whole body into harmony. In order to do this, certain precise acupuncture points are gently stimulated by means of fine needles.
Acupuncture can be useful during the pregnancy, during the birth, and in the post-natal period.
♣ The most frequent applications during pregnancy:
- against nausea and vomiting
- fluid retention (oedema)
- preparation for the birth from 36th week onwards (reduced length of labour: on average, for a first delivery, this shortens the time from 10 hours to 8 (∗)
- In the case of breech position, moxibustion treatment can help your baby to turn round spontaneously
- Back-ache and sciatica
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
(∗) Study: Römer A., Weigel M., Zieger W., Melchert F. (1998): Veränderungen der Cervixreife und Geburtsdauer nach geburtsvorbereitender Akupunkturtherapie. In: Römer A. (Hrsg.): Akupunkturtherapie in der Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde. Hippokrates, Stuttgart
♣ Frequent uses of acupuncture during labour:
- Induction of labour
- Pain relief
- Regulating the birth contractions
- Afterbirth (placental) delivery
♣ Frequent uses in the postnatal period:
- relief of afterbirth pains
- helping the uterus (womb) to contract
- breastfeeding : increasing (or reducing) milk flow, engorged breasts, mastitis
The session begins with a discussion, followed by the patient lying down in a comfortable position, whilst fine needles are carefully applied and left in place for 20 to 30 minutes.
As I am still undergoing acupuncture training, this session is free of charge.