Acupuncture in late pregnancy, what are the benefits…?

by admin / 26 May 2015 / No Comments

Although not widely known, Acupuncture can be used effectively in late pregnancy to deal with problems such as breech presentation or induction after term.

For breech presentation, trials have shown that applying heat to an acupuncture point on the little toe can persuade a baby to turn! As strange as this sounds, this is a technique that has been used by midwives at the JR in Oxford for many years as a precursor to more physical intervention. Andy Roscoe, acupuncturist at the clinic estimates that it is successful for 7 out of 10 women he sees with this problem.

Many pregnant women also try acupuncture to induce birth where there is a deadline given for medical intervention. In Andy’s opinion, Acupuncture helps calm the mother and pull all her physical and mental resources together to allow her body to let go. Even where induction is not successful many women having a second child report that they felt they were in a better place to deal with the artificial induction in the hospital.

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