Importantly, treatments can be beneficial to both the expectant mother and baby, helping to relieve stress (stress isn’t good for you or your baby) and to promote a relaxing and enjoyable pregnancy. Many women are also looking for drug free solutions to medical problems. Acupuncture is safe and effective for many of the symptoms of pregnancy.
There have been many studies of the treatment of pregnancy related conditions with acupuncture. Research has suggested that it may help improve the blood flow to the uterus and to boost energy levels.
Brooke has trained with Zita West, a leading fertility and pregnancy expert. He is a member of the Zita West National Network of Afilliated Acupuncturists. Brooke’s reputation in the area of reproductive health and pregnancy support has meant that there has been a steady rise in the number of cases he sees. Today this represensts 25% of his caseload.
In China there exists a huge database of research into benefits of Acupuncture. Unfortunately this remains largely inaccessible and may not conform to Western Medical research requirements. However, as new research begins to provide quantifiable evidence of traditional acupuncture’s efficacy and cost-effectiveness, the body of evidence available internationally is growing rapidly.
Whilst acupuncture can be used to treat specific pregnancy related conditions, it can also be used regularly (eg every 4 to 6 weeks) as an effective means of maintaining good health and vitality for both the mother and baby throughout the pregnancy.
Gently warming an acupuncture point on the little toe with a moxa stick can have a significant effect on helping turn breech babies. Treatment is painless and can be done as early as 34 weeks.
Pre birthing acupuncture treatments are used from week 36 until delivery and can boost your energy levels and help prepare you for a more efficient labour.
Acupressure to help with pain relief during the birth itself
Acupressure is the stimulation of acupuncture points without needles. Applying pressure (using thumbs, fingers or flat of hand) to these points may help reduce pain during labour. Many women have also reported that the treatment has helped them to feel more in control and happier about their birth experience. Brooke teaches acupressure points and techniques to pregnant women and their partners which may be used from 36 weeks.
After Pregnancy Care
After the birth a treatment using the warmth of a moxa stick is effective for warming the lower abdomen and beginning the recovery process of the area from the pregnancy and birth. This treatment can be carried out by a birthing partner and may have a very soothing and comforting effect. Acupuncture may be beneficial in the weeks following the birth as treatment may help the new mother recover her strength and help to promote relaxation and sleep.