Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years for both men and women. It is used for all age groups from babies to the elderly and can be used during pregnancy.
There are many conditions that women may experience during pregnancy such as sciatica, eclampsia and fatigue or specific related pregnancy conditions such as breech baby, morning sickness and late labour.
Grant Pearse, a well known and respected acupuncturist in Hamilton treats many pregnant women in his practise. He receives referrals from midwives and doctors as well from many former patients who have been through the birthing process.
We ask Grant what is the most common treatment that pregnant women come for in his clinic. Grant says “It goes in phases, so I can’t really say which complaint is most common. Sometimes, I have many patients with morning sickness and other times more patients come to have the pre-birth protocol treatment“.
There have been studies on using acupuncture the month before the delivery date. We ask Grant how would acupuncture effect the women in late stages of pregnancy. “There are of course many acupuncture points that could be selected depending upon the needs and constitution of the patient. Some points however, have specific benefits. For example, the acupuncture point yanglingquan below the knee has the traditional use of relaxing ligaments and tendons and is used to help to soften the pelvis prior to birth. Another point, zusanli also on the leg, is a major strengthening and tonic point and I use it to build up the women’s vitality to help her go through the birthing process“.
Grant Pearse is one of the 700 plus members of Acupuncture New Zealand practising throughout New Zealand.