Acupuncture & Acupressure

Acupuncture and acupressure are components of traditional Chinese medicine which is based on a holistic concept involving meridian (energy) lines which convey the body’s life force (qi) and link one part of the body to another. When the body, mind and spirit are in equilibrium or optimum health, the qi runs smoothly. However, when one or more meridians are disrupted, illness or disease can occur as the energy becomes static, deficient or excessive. 

There are acupoints located on each meridian which can be stimulated or sedated to balance the flow of qi, according to clients’ symptoms. There are over 2000 acupoints but in modern acupuncture only 200 are commonly used. Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into the relevant acupoints to restore balance, but in acupressure only finger or thumb pressure is used.

Acupuncture and acupressure are popular alternative therapies for women looking to take control of their pregnancies and birth and explore alternative ways of managing the common ailments of pregnancy. They can also be used to prepare women for the birth of their baby and in the adaptation to motherhood.

There are vast amounts of evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture but most is published in the Chinese language. English studies have shown that in pregnancy acupuncture and acupressure are effective in treating nausea and vomiting, can help induce labour and can treat labour pain.

Acupuncture or acupressure can treat the following;

  • Mental health issues including postnatal depression.
  • Tiredness, fatigue, insomnia.
  • Nausea and vomiting, heartburn and indigestion.
  • Constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and haemorrhoids.
  • Leg oedema and carpel tunnel syndrome.
  • Backache, sciatica and pelvic girdle pain.
  • Birth preparation and induction of labour.
  • Recovery from birth and breastfeeding issues.