Showing posts with label Women's health acupuncture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Women's health acupuncture. Show all posts

09 March 2017

Can acupuncture help morning sickness?

How can acupuncture help morning sickness?


Morning sickness is a very common ailment during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Health professionals prefer to call the condition “nausea and vomiting in pregnancy”. This is because it can affect women at any time of the day or night. Whereas some women may feel sick all day long. Traditional remedies include making modifications to diet, resting and even wearing loose-fitting clothes. However, in this post we pose the following question. Can acupuncture help morning sickness? And, if so, how?

What is morning sickness?

Nausea and vomiting are commonly experienced by women in early pregnancy. The prevalence rates are 50-80% for nausea, and 50% for vomiting and retching. The symptoms are most common in the first trimester, between 6 and 12 weeks. However, it can continue to 20 weeks. In approximately 20% of women, morning sickness may last even longer. If vomiting is persistent, it can lead to weight loss, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Ultimately, in severe cases, it may lead to hospitalisation.

What are the causes of morning sickness?

The symptoms of morning sickness are thought to be associated with rising levels of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) or oestrogens. Women experiencing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can suffer considerable physical and psychological effects. The symptoms can affect daily activities and relationships, and result in lost productivity.

The new set of guidelines published by the NHS says that ginger and acupuncture can play a useful role in treating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

Can acupuncture help morning sickness?

With regard to the use of acupuncture to treat morning sickness, the British Acupuncture Council offers the following guidance. “During the early stage of pregnancy, huge energetic changes are going on in the body. Acupuncture can help at that energetic level so that nausea subsides. Also vomiting, if there is any, and belching fades away. The sense of smell becomes manageable and energy and emotions return to balance. This enables the mum-to-be to enjoy her pregnancy. The treatment is entirely safe to the pregnancy and generally the sickness will clear up.

Appointments

If you are suffering from morning sickness, why not make an appointment with traditional Chinese acupuncturist Jas Kandola at The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy. To book an appointment, call 020 8789 3881 or visit the Putney Clinic's online booking system.

Acupuncture and your menstrual cycle

Acupuncture, an effective method of treating problems in the menstrual cycle




Do you experience bloating, mood swings, headaches, fatigue, or painful cramping before or during your period? These complaints are common during the menstrual cycle, but they are not “normal”.

What is a healthy menstrual cycle?

A healthy menstrual cycle is one that comes regularly, approximately every 26-30 days. There should be no premenstrual discomfort (both physically or emotionally). Neither should there be any pain. Flow should be moderate, needing to change a pad or tampon every 3-4 hours. There should be no clots or spotting over a consistent period of 4 to 5 days. The colour should be a medium red colour, not too dark. Lastly, your period should also end concisely, with no lingering spotting beyond the fifth or sixth day.

How can acupuncture help restore a healthy menstrual cycle?

Girls are typically not well educated about their menstrual cycles. Very often, they will grow up thinking that it is normal to be irritable or in pain or discomfort during that time of the month. Menstrual disorders occur when the body’s hormones become imbalanced. Acupuncture can help restore the balance among the hormones by enhancing the body’s flow of energy. As a result, this will relieve menstrual symptoms. Ancient theorists believe that if the energy flow is correct, then any menstrual disorders are avoidable. Acupuncture has a long history in the management of irregular periods. It is a natural approach to encourage your body to re-establish regular periods, ovulation and to get your hormones back in balance.

Acupuncture at The Putney Clinic with Jas Kandola


Jas completed a degree in Acupuncture from The International College of Oriental Medicine. She has a special interest in fertility treatments and women’s health acupuncture. Jas also regularly treats patients who suffer from stress, headaches, neck and back pain and other repetitive strain injuries. She also has ample experience treating patients with conditions such as asthma, arthritis, digestive problems, postural problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome.


Appointments

If you are suffering from an irregular menstrual cycle and would like to give acupuncture a try, call The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy on 020 8789 3881 to book an appointment with Jas. Alternatively, you can book appointments online using our online booking system.