What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries and is provided by trained and skilled practitioners.
The treatment uses very thin, single-use sterile steel needles inserted into the skin to stimulate specific points in the body. Applying acupuncture to these points allows restoration of the natural balance of energy inside your body and encourages your body to heal itself.
The intention of acupuncture is to manage and relieve health conditions and their symptoms and offers a safe and effective treatment for a range of disorders. It carries a low risk of side effects whilst treating numerous health concerns at once. Studies have shown that acupuncture may help relieve symptoms including: menstrual pain, headache, depression, female infertility, hypertension, polycystic ovarian syndrome, joint and neck pain, morning sickness, lower back pain and sciatica. Acupuncture may also be useful in assisting baby to move into the most optimal position for labour and birth, and can also be used as a tool to support the induction of labour. In postpartum, acupunture can be used to support lactation and breastfeeding, and may be useful in relieving pressure on joints and neck pain.
The number of treatment sessions you need depends on your specific situation or condition. In most cases, people experience a reduction of symptoms within a few sessions. After a session of acupuncture you may often feel relaxed and sleepy or refreshed and energised.
Acupuncture treatment can work well in conjunction with Western medicine and be effective even if you don’t believe in the underlying philosophy.
CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR ACUPUNCTURE
No contraindications for acupuncture. An acupuncturist specifically trained in fertility and pregnancy care has skilfully learned which points are contraindicated for pregnancy.