Helps relieve various ailments and the fact that it does not cause adverse effects, as occurs with many drugs, becomes a very interesting option for pregnant women
Expert: Maria Trinidad Sepulveda, Acupuncturist Accredited by MOH. Master's degree in Acupuncture and Herbal medicine FEMTC
Acupuncture is fast becoming an alternative health becoming increasingly popular in the last time. Helps relieve various ailments and the fact that it does not cause adverse effects, as occurs with many drugs, becomes a very interesting option for pregnant women, who use it mainly to relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy.
To talk about this issue we talked with Maria Trinidad Sepulveda, Acupuncturist accredited by the MOH who has deepened his studies of Chinese Medicine in the united States, China, Germany and Canada, focusing especially on the treatment of gynecological diseases, fertility and obstetrics.
Why acupuncture is beneficial in pregnancy?
“Acupuncture is beneficial to women in any stage of the pregnancy, since it may reduce the associated symptoms such as nausea, reflux, heartburn, headaches, fluid retention, back pain, insomnia and others. In addition, it allows lower the levels of stress and promote relaxation, contributing to the general well-being during pregnancy,” says Maria Trinidad.
How about this treatment increases the chances that the labor is normal and not by c-section?
“Yes, acupuncture and moxibustion, a technique of Chinese Medicine, has been shown to be a non-invasive method and effective to correct the fetal presentation during weeks 32-34. It also allows you to prepare the cervix and encourage contractions more efficient in order to facilitate the work of childbirth. It has been shown that acupuncture is an excellent alternative to induce labor when contractions do not start spontaneously,” says the specialist
In addition, “the pressure of specific points can be used during labor to decrease pain and promote contractions, facilitating the expansion of effective and reducing the duration of labor. And that's not all because, it allows the father to participate actively in the process, strengthening the couple and helping to lower the anxiety of the moment”, tells us the expert in chinese medicine.
And finally, Is it advisable to continue with the acupuncture after childbirth?
If, as it helps to prevent post-partum depression and to promote breastfeeding. There are several techniques that can be taught to parents to do at home, and so help women in the process of adaptation to post-delivery, completes the Trinity.
Maria Trinidad Sepulveda, Acupuncturist Accredited by MOH. Master's degree in Acupuncture and Herbal medicine FEMTC Cel: +56 9 96993916. www.acuvida.cl