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Pregnancy and Acupuncture

The most common reason for treatment was physiological symptoms including back pain, symphysis pubis dysfunction and sciatica. All 37 women stated that acupuncture improved their well-being and this finding was statistically significant. These findings are offered as a means of identifying potential issues for future investigation in this under-researched area.

-- Hope-Allan, N., Adams, J., Sibbritt, D. & Tracy, S. (2004). The use of acupuncture in maternity care: a pilot study evaluating the acupuncture service in an Australian hospital antenatal clinic. Complementary Therapy and Nurses Midwifery, 10, 229-32.

A recent study has shown its particular effectiveness in relieving morning sickness. The study published in the journal Birth reported that those who received traditional acupuncture had less frequent and shorter periods of nausea than the women who received no acupuncture. In the first trimester, acupuncture can also relieve fatigue, migraines and bleeding.


Acupuncture would appear to be effective in symptom control, and alleviation and placebo effects in reducing the symptoms of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

-- Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2008 Feb;14(1):46-52. Epub 2007 Sep 20. Effect of acupressure on nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.Can G├╝rkan O, Arslan H. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Marmara University School of Nursing, Istanbul, Turkey.

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last update: April 2009

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