The following conditions can be helped by acupuncture

  • morning sickness
  • threatened miscarriage
  • tiredness/exhaustion
  • haemorrhoids
  • backache/sciatica
  • varicose veins
  • symphysis pubis pain
  • heartburn
  • anxiety/stress/emotions related to hormonal swing
  • itching associated with obstetric cholestasis
  • oedema
  • premature labour
  • pregnancy induced hypertension
  • carpel tunnel syndrome
Breech presentation

Research has shown acupuncture to be successful in rates of up to 80% in turning babies who are in breech position. Success is most likely between 32 and 35 weeks, although babies have been turned as late as 38 weeks. Treatment involves warming a point on both little toes with a moxa stick. Treatment is continued at home, preferably twice a day for 10 treatments.

Preparation for labour

Weekly acupuncture treatments in the last 5-6 weeks of pregnancy can be helpful in preparing woman physically and emotionally for labour.

Induction of labour

If a woman is overdue or early induction advised, acupuncture can initiate a more gentle onset to labour and can be an effective alternative to a medical induction. It can also be used to aid medical induction or where medical induction has failed.

Treating at the onset of labour can help support the system as a whole.