Acupuncture beats Morning Sickness by lindahy


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									Acupuncture beats
Morning Sickness
By Brook Canning
BHSc (Acu), Ad Dip TCM (China), PGC CHM, Dip SAM

Ironically for many women ‘morning
sickness’ can be suffered at anytime
of the day or night, sometimes
constantly. It is often described as a
terrible hangover that never relents               will diminish; and often completely
or constant food poisoning. It is                  resolve the symptoms of morning
experienced mostly in the early                    sickness. This restoration of balance
stages of pregnancy between six and                will also help to assist fatigue,
sixteen weeks, although for some                   boosting energy levels and
unfortunate women it is a constant                 decreasing stress.
presence until they reach full term. It            The effectiveness of Acupuncture to
is thought that this often debilitating            treat morning sickness has been
condition is caused by the huge                    recognised in the western medical
surge of circulating hormones. Stress              arena. With clinical research finding
and fatigue are also thought to be                 Acupuncture is a safe and effective
contributing factors.                              treatment for morning sickness
Most women’s understandable                        (Smith et al. 2002). For women
reluctance to take medication in the               suffering with morning sickness,
early stages of pregnancy has meant                Acupuncture provides a safe,
that the symptoms associated with                  effective solution that can improve
morning sickness, including nausea,                the experience of early pregnancy.
vomiting and retching; are
considered par for the course.                     Acupuncture is recognised by
Morning sickness often interferes                  most private health funds. Brook
with productivity and can result in                Canning specialises in Women’s
time off work needed or extra                      Health, working in Sydney
childcare if there are other young                 Australia. For more information
children to look after. Fortunately                visit her website:
help is at hand.                         
According to Traditional Chinese                   Or phone (+61) (0)430 006 496
Medicine (TCM) the natural flow of                 for an appointment.
Qi (or energy) can be disrupted in
early pregnancy as the body deals
with the myriad of adjustments
required to sustain a pregnancy. The
objective of Acupuncture is to
establish the correct flow of Qi. This

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