Acupuncture Treatment for Morning Sickness

Acupuncture treatment for morning sickness focuses on alleviating the nausea and vomiting that many pregnant women experience, especially during the first trimester. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) attributes these symptoms to the body's energy flow, or Qi, being out of balance. Acupuncture aims to restore this balance and improve symptoms by inserting fine needles into specific points on the body.

How Acupuncture Can Help with Morning Sickness

Here’s how acupuncture may help with morning sickness:

  1. Regulating the Stomach Qi: According to TCM, morning sickness is often due to rebellious Stomach Qi. Acupuncture seeks to direct this Qi downward, easing nausea and vomiting. Points on the wrist, such as Neiguan (PC6), are commonly targeted for this purpose and have been the focus of several studies.
  2. Enhancing Digestive Health: By stimulating certain points, acupuncture can theoretically improve the functioning of the digestive system, reducing nausea and improving appetite.
  3. Reducing Stress and Anxiety: Pregnancy can be a period of increased stress and anxiety for many, which can exacerbate morning sickness. Acupuncture is believed to activate the nervous system and promote the release of endorphins, natural stress and pain relievers, thereby potentially reducing the severity of morning sickness.
  4. Holistic Approach: Acupuncture treats the body as a whole. Practitioners may address other imbalances or issues that could be contributing to morning sickness, providing a tailored treatment to the individual's needs.

Ease Your Morning Sickness at DeCicco Acupuncture

The safety of acupuncture during pregnancy, especially when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner, is generally well-regarded. It offers a non-pharmacological option for managing morning sickness, which is appealing to many pregnant women concerned about the potential effects of medication on their developing baby.

Acupuncture offers a promising alternative option for couples trying to conceive. Fertility treatment at DeCicco Acupuncture will help prepare the body from conception to birth and see that a healthy pregnancy takes place. To learn more about DeCicco Acupuncture take a look at the services we provide, what we treat and our blog. Contact us to schedule an appointment or ask any questions you may have for us!