Acupuncture and certain Chinese herbal remedies can be used by pregnant women to make their pregnancy much easier especially if they help the fetus develop harmoniously by improving mother’s immune functions and reinvigorating her metabolism and body. These treatments can also address pregnancy-related complications, such as: iron-deficiency anemia, urinary infections, respiratory viruses, preeclampsia, toxemia of pregnancy, gestational diabetes, and risk of miscarriage among still many others. There are no contraindications or side effects; the only thing the acupuncturist needs to consider is avoid stimulating certain acupoints.
During pregnancy, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help detoxify and cleanse the body of the expectant mother. The human body accumulates cell residues (toxins and dead cell deposits) throughout its lifetime. This process impairs organic activity leading to metabolic disorders, immune deficiencies, fatigue, and others. Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help better the mother’s health by clearing out these deposits. This gives the fetus the opportunity to develop inside a healthy clean body.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Boost the Mother’s Immunity and Reinvigorates Her Body
Adjustment of the body to pregnancy and hormonal changes can cause general fatigue. A lot of pregnant women can barely cope with their daily activities, more so if they have to work during their pregnancy. Her weakened state can be addressed by a combination of acupuncture sessions and certain medicinal herbs that revitalizes and tonifies her body improving the function of her muscular system and central nervous system. Apart from that, the treatments boost immune functions and safeguard her body against the pathogenic agents found in the environment: pollutions, toxins, solar radiation, bacteria, and viruses.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Alleviate Sickness and Pain
Acupuncture is most commonly used in the relief of pain. Stimulation of specific acupoints leads to the production and release of feel-good chemicals known as endorphins that induce a strong painkilling and calming effect. The herbs augment the effects of the endorphins soothing the pain in the backbone and other areas of the body and helping the mind to relax. Feelings of sickness are mitigated by balancing energy centers that regulate the activity of the digestive system.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Treat Anxiety and Depression
As these two treatments revitalize the body, equilibrate the soul and mind, regulate endocrine activity, and tonify the nervous system, they also help treat or prevent the rise of anxiety and depression. Post-partum depression, which is a common experience a lot of women go through after giving birth, can also be treated or prevented using acupuncture and Chinese herbs. This type of depression arises due to an imbalance in their hormones and severe exhaustion after giving birth. The acupuncturist may need to speed up the secretion of serotonin (the happiness hormone). This is a chemical that’s involved in the activity of the central nervous system, which plays a huge role in preserving psycho-affective balance and preventing anxiety and depression.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Normalize Blood Pressure
Changes in the hormones can set off high blood pressure. During pregnancy, this may lead to arrhythmias, palpitations, and suffocation sensations. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help prevent high blood pressure and preeclampsia.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Fight Migraine Headaches and the Effects of Stress
Stress can impair both the mother’s and fetus’ organic activity interfering the metabolic changes, weakening the cognitive activities, and exhausting the nervous system. These physiological processes along with the hormonal changes often result in migraines during pregnancy. They can be addressed by regulating tissue, organic, and cerebral oxygenation and increasing serotonin levels production in the body. Serotonin coordinates permeability of the small vessels and the dilation of capillaries.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Help Controls Body Weight and Treat and Prevent Edemas
Edema may suddenly appear during the last months of pregnancy, usually within one or two weeks. Edema is the painless swelling of some part of the body as a result of accumulation of serous liquid in tissues and organs. Mostly, it arises in the hands or lower limbs. Deposits of adipose tissue are a frequent occurrence during pregnancy. A woman may gain a few or more kilograms depending on her health condition, physical activity, hydration, and food regimes. Edema can be treated or prevented by enhancing renal functions, metabolic processes, and lymphatic drainage. To help control body weight, the mother needs to regulate her appetite and eat foods that are highly nutritious so that her body can absorb the required amount of nutrients as efficiently as possible.
In Post-Partum Period, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Can Help Accelerate the Mother’s Recovery
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs quicken the processes of organic and tissue regeneration; they also can help speed up post-partum recovery associated with either cesarean section or natural births. Also, these two treatments have shown to be helpful in stimulating lactation and preventing mastitis as well as in reducing the flow of post-partum metrorrhages, in regulating menstruation, and in balancing hormonal secretions.