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Acupuncture for Women's Health

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to correct imbalances women experience through all stages of life. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to address the following conditions:

Acupuncture during Pregnancy

For over 3000 years Traditional Chinese Medicine has promoted specialized treatment for women in pregnancy care and postpartum recovery. Today this care is becoming increasingly popular and used by acupuncturists and specially trained midwives in countries such as Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden, and New Zealand where acupuncture is available in specialized prenatal clinics and maternity hospitals. Pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery are viewed in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a window of opportunity to enhance the woman's well being. Conversely if adequate care is not taken the resulting problems may continue long after the birth. Value is therefore placed on promoting preventive care to strengthen the mother and baby as well as dealing with problems as they occur during pregnancy. Acupuncture can be used in a variety of ways to promote fetal and maternal health:

Labor Preparation

Three to four weeks prior to the due date a treatment to prepare the pelvis and cervix can be commenced. This is followed by one treatment per week until labor begins. Research from Germany indicated the potential for a more efficient active stage of labor. A New Zealand study with midwives indicated a reduction in women requiring medical intervention, including medical induction and caesarean section.

Induction of Labor

Acupuncture can provide a gentle inducement to labor if the baby is overdue and can be an effective alternative to a medical induction. Research from Norway on the use of acupuncture for women with premature rupture of membranes (PROM) concluded that "Ideally acupuncture treatment should be offered to all women with PROM and other women who wish to use this method to facilitate their birth and keep it normal"

Other pregnancy problems

Treatment can be used to relive a variety of conditions including: Anxiety Constipation Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Heartburn Hemorrhoids Insomnia Edema Headaches Sinus problems Tiredness and exhaustion Postnatal care Acupuncture has techniques to promote recovery. Other conditions that can be helped by acupuncture include; insufficient lactation, wound healing and scar tissue repair, postnatal depression and urinary incontinence. Acupuncture offers a safe, effective and drug free treatment option during and after pregnancy.