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Pre-Birth Acupuncture

Pre-birth acupuncture involves a series of acupuncture sessions in the third trimester. The process is aimed at building up the expectant mother’s strength for a more natural birth process. It has being used routinely in hospitals in China and Germany with positive results (In there, expectant mothers begin weekly acupuncture sessions at 35~36 weeks gestation and continue right through till birth).

Can I address other health concerns?

Each treatment can be tailor to suit your specific needs. If you have the following common symptoms, hip pain for example, we can add some specific local hip points or use some acupressure during your session.

Common symptoms are:

  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Hip/pelvic pain
  • Sickness /nausea
  • Poor sleep
  • Stress and worries

Moxibustion treatment, what to expect?

Moxibustion treatment involves the application of moxa to a particular acupuncture point located on the small toe bilaterally. Moxa is rolled Chinese mugwort which is burn beside the skin allowing the smoke and heat to stimulate the acupuncture point. Moxa has been shown to emit long-wavelength infrared radiation. It is suggested that stimulation of the point BL 67 may encourage and stimulate fetal activity.

Moxa is applied for 20 minutes once a day for 10 days.

Your acupuncturist may teach you how to perform this at home. Many women report that during and after moxa their baby becomes more active.



Moxibustion for turning a baby in breech position

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Debra Betts (2006) The essential guide to Acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth, The Journal of Chinese medicine

Rebecca Dekker Can Moxibustion Help Turn Breech Babies?

Co-operative research group on moxibusion version (1984) Clinical observation on the side effects of version by moxibusion, Abstracts from the second national symposium on acupuncture and moxibusion and acupuncture anaesthesia, All China society of Acupuncture and moxibusion

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Manual Acupuncture Reduces Hyperemesis Gravidarum, A Placebo-Controlled, Randomized, Single-Blind, Crossover Study