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Pregnancy and Obstetrics
The concept of healthy pregnancy management and treatment consists of the management of pregnancy based on a monthly program which includes a protocol for diagnosis, nutritional evaluation and supplementation including herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment.
Conditions such as nausea and vomiting, fatigue, depression, back ache, fluid retention and other presenting symptoms are monitored. The Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to pregnancy treatment is to manage and prevent at an early stage conditions such as, fluid retention, carpal tunnel syndrome, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, conditions that are most commonly western medically related to auto immune activity.
Acupuncture is increasingly being adapted and applied alongside western medicine and has seen increased promotion in the medical community by organizations such as the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Subsequently, there is increasing research-based evidence to support the use of acupuncture in obstetrics and gynecology. Acupuncture is a safe and well tolerated treatment option for women and their babies.
Leading up to the due date of pregnancy Acupuncture is used to facilitate the effective movement of the foetus into an optimal position for the impending labour.
Acupuncture and Breech Presentation
The turning of breech babies using moxibustion from week 33 onwards is a successful and natural method to avoid medical intervention.
The success rates are as high as 81% in turning a breech baby.
Even women with a very late diagnosis of breech presentation have found that their babies have turned with the use of moxibustion and/or acupuncture.
Moxibustion involves burning a fragrant herb in the form of a moxa stick over one acupuncture point on the feet to relax the muscles in the uterus allowing the baby to turn.
It is extremely safe and relaxing and the great benefit of this treatment is that you can continue the treatment with your partner or friend in the comfort of your own home once we have taught you the technique and frequency of treatment.
Cervical RipeningThese treatments are designed to help the foetus descend and engage, ripen the cervix and soften the muscles of the pelvic floor through points that soften the tendons and ligaments surrounding the uterus and cervix. At this stage treatment outcomes facilitate the body’s natural readiness for labour and allow the foetus to engage fully on the cervix, thereby allowing a smooth transition into labour through the body’s natural production of oxytocin. Induction of labour specifically is not required at this point.
Treatment regimes for pre birth preparation have been found to be more successful when commenced in week 36 of pregnancy and a minimum of 4 acupuncture treatments administered. This is according to a case control study published in the Journal of Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation (1998). The study further found women treated with acupuncture in the 4 weeks prior to their due date had a more rapid maturation of the cervix, requiring less oxytocin augmentation during labour, and the duration of Labor was significantly shortened.
Through the treatment process questions are asked to ascertain the degree to which the cervix would be favourable to induction. If known, the Bishop score is used to help determine which patients are most likely to achieve a successful induction.
Once it has been determined that a patient is ready for induction, treatment utilises points designed to help the foetus descend, ripen the cervix and additionally stimulate the production of oxytocin within the body. At this stage treatment may also include the use of an electro-stimulation machine that emits short pulses into specific points.
Pre-birth acupuncture treatment and management
In the 3rd trimester, six weeks of pre-birth treatment and cervical ripening should follow on as part of a healthy pregnancy program and this includes specific protocols and assessment in preparation for a normal incident free birth. The final part of the program is the application of treatment for induction, either as a follow up to the healthy pregnancy program or as a one off treatment for induction post 40 weeks of gestation.
Pre birth acupuncture management and treatment is undertaken in preparation for healthy labor and child birth. This program begins at six weeks prior to due date and continues up to due date.
A sequence of weekly treatment is undertaken, which also includes reassessment of their general health and a fresh diagnosis each week.From Six Weeks Prior to Due Date weekly treatments are recommended
During this time an obstetrician or midwife will establish foetal position and whether
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