So you’re pregnant almost your full term
and your doctor suggests that you go get a dozen tiny needles stuck into you to
bring along little Sally. This is more commonly known as acupuncture induction.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has more fans than we think and many women have
been asking about it and whether it’s a safe route to take to induce labour
here’s a little more information for you to make up your own mind.
The answer is yes, acupuncture
is safe and
effective and it works in tune with the hormonal balance of pregnancy to endorse
the difference between Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine?
The thing about TCM practitioners are,
their way of examining you is so quick and easy and very comfortable. They will
never perform any internal vaginal examinations, ever. All their diagnoses are
done through asking clinical questions, checking the rhythm of your different
pulses and inspecting your tongue.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is very
effective, but works according to a different viewpoint to Western Medicine. With
Western Medicine it is very easy to determine the time span of the healing
process, but with TCM it’s completely different, it’s more difficult to determine
the time span of the outcome.
At the first thought of acupuncture you
might cringe and squeal, but once you actually experience it your thoughts about
it may change drastically. It’s a lot different to Western Medicine where they
use science to diagnose you; TCM is evidence-based.
According to Pregnancy Birth and Beyond,
to induce labour with acupuncture, a woman’s energy needs to be rejuvenated and
moved downwards and outwards. The baby also needs to be stirred from a restful,
calm (Yin) state to a lively, dynamic (Yang) state. The process can generally
take really long or can go relatively fast depending on the readiness of the
mother and baby. If the baby is not ready then induction will be a bit harder
Different women experience acupuncture
induction differently, but most of the time, when the woman is past her due
date this treatment works best, this often means they have to commit to daily
Most of the time it takes 2-3 treatments for
acupuncture induction to be effective. But two pregnancies are hardly ever the
same so it might differ. Some women may experience little sensation during
treatment, while some will experience downward movements, the urge to urinate
and abdominal tightening during the treatment as well as maybe five hours after
This is why women are advised to go
straight home after the treatment and allow her body to rest for the preparation
of energy requirements of labour.
an alternative for those of you who don’t like the thought of needles
Chinese Herbal Medicine is the alternative,
if you are not comfortable with the thought of needles then ingesting herbs is
your better option. You could also take this option if you want to speed up the
process of the acupuncture induction.
Acupuncture therapy is all good and well,
but you have to make sure you choose a trustworthy clinic that provides
services on an international standard or it has to be officially certified to
perform acupuncture. When performed by a trained therapist, acupuncture should
never cause any problems.
It’s very safe during pregnancy, but you
have to make sure that your therapist is certified and knows what he is doing,
because you will experience problems if you allow someone with no training to
perform acupuncture on you.
expert acupuncturist knows that needles should be sterilized before use and
should not, under any circumstances, be used twice.
The risk of infection can arise when the
needles are unsterilized and if the needle has been used previously.
So would you consider trying TCM for a happier birthing experience?