Acupuncture for Morning Sickness, Houston, TX

According to a recent study, between 50 and 80 percent of women suffer from morning sickness symptoms at some point during pregnancy. Symptoms of morning sickness in pregnant women include nausea and vomiting during the morning hours. Most of these symptoms occur during the first trimester but for some, can continue farther into the pregnancy.

There are varying intensities of morning sickness, ranging from occasional and mild to a more severe form known as hyperemesis. This intense condition includes daily nausea and vomiting. If untreated, this most severe form can lead to dehydration and potential problems with the progression of the pregnancy. Many doctors resist using drugs to treat this severe condition because of the potential effects it may have on the fetus developing in the womb. Given the potential risks associated with the use of more traditional chemical interventions, doctors are becoming more receptive to alternative therapies including acupuncture, which has been shown to relieve morning sickness without the use of drugs.
At least one study has revealed that women suffering from the most severe form of morning sickness experienced relief after being treated with acupuncture. For this study, half of the women received traditional anti-nausea drugs while the other half received acupuncture. While both methods relieved nausea and vomiting, the subjects who received acupuncture reported improvement in energy and better sense of well-being.

As a medicinal practice, acupuncture has been continuously employed in China for over 2,000 years. Thin needles are inserted into various points of the body. For the treatment of morning sickness, these points are located just above the wrist on each arm. Another study revealed that women with the most severe symptoms who were given acupuncture three times during each treatment day experienced a reduction or cessation of nausea and vomiting related to morning sickness.
Studies continue to suggest that acupuncture shows promise for reducing the most dramatic incidences of morning sickness related to pregnancy. In yet another study, 600 pregnant women received 20 minute weekly acupuncture treatments over four weeks for morning sickness. The majority of women receiving acupuncture reported their symptoms were no longer present after the second week of therapy.

A licensed acupuncturist must administer acupuncture for the treatment of any kind of symptom or disease. As with almost every medical procedure, acupuncture does carry a certain amount of risk, but when administered by a skilled practitioner, the benefits associated with acupuncture far outweigh the potential risks.

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