Acupuncture and Morning Sickness
I think I want to universally change the name to ‘pregnancy sickness’ as most women will tell you it very rarely only exists in the morning.
For every woman you find who had a great experience with acupuncture for pregnancy sickness, you’ll find just as many women found it made no difference.
This is because there’s a common acupuncture point combination to treating pregnancy sickness. However, as with all conditions in Chinese medicine, even though the symptoms are the same – nausea, vomiting, food aversions etc, the Chinese medicine cause for this could be hugely variable and requires further diagnosis and a more individual approach.
Other symptoms are important too – timing of worse symptoms, details of food aversions, hot/cold/sweat patterns, disturbance to sleep, health prior to falling pregnant, taste in the mouth, thirsty or not, stomach pain associated with vomiting, associated symptoms – tiredness, headaches, low back pain, neck pain etc.
Pregnancy sickness treatments also generally require consistent, regular treatments for 2-3 weeks. The accumulative effects of acupuncture treatments are seen with correct timing. The timing will also depend on the severity of symptoms.
For example, timing may need to be daily for three days, then every second day, then twice a week and then once a week. Some women experience improvements after the first treatment and some it can take 2-3 to see a change.