Morning sickness within the first trimester of pregnancy is sometimes accompanied with vomiting. Uncomfortable at best, morning sickness symptoms can actually last all day and night. Acupuncture is an a safe and effective natural treatment for pregnant women.
Manual acupuncture reduces hyperemesis gravidarum
A placebo-controlled, randomized, single-blind, crossover study.
Carlsson CP, Axemo P, Bodin A, Carstensen H, Ehrenroth B, Madegard-Lind I, Navander C. Physical Medicine Unit, Department of Rehabilitation, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
Hyperemesis gravidarum, severe vomiting, develops in about 1-2% of all pregnancies. Acupuncture on the point PC6 above the wrist on the palmar side has been found to prevent some types of nausea and vomiting. The purpose of the present study was to see if acupuncture, in addition to standard treatment, could hasten the improvement of hyperemesis gravidarum. Thirty-three women with hyperemesis were evaluated in a randomized, single-blind, crossover comparison of two methods of acupuncture, active (deep) PC6 acupuncture or placebo (superficial) acupuncture. The women estimated their degree of nausea on a visual analogue scale (VAS).
The daily number of emesis episodes were documented. Crossover analyses showed that there was a significantly faster reduction of nausea VAS and more women who stopped vomiting after active acupuncture than after placebo acupuncture. This study suggests that active PC6 acupuncture, in combination with standard treatment, could make women with hyperemesis gravidarum better faster than placebo acupuncture.
Success of Acupuncture and Acupressure of the Pc 6 Acupoint in the Treatment of Hyperemesis Gravidarum
D. Habek, A. Barbir, J. . Habek, D. Jan uliak, M. Bobi -Vukovi , Research in Complementary and Classical Natural Medicine 2004;11:20-23
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the antiemetic effect of acupuncture (AP) and acupressure (APr) of the Pc 6 acupoint in pregnant women with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). Methods: A prospective, placebo-controlled trial included 36 pregnant women with HG. Two methods of acupuncture were used: bilateral manual AP of the Pc 6 (Neiguan) acupoint (group 1, n = 10) and bilateral APr of the Pc 6 acupoint (group 2, n = 11); furthermore, superficial intracutaneous placebo AP (group 3, n = 8) and placebo APr (group 4, n = 7) was carried out.
Results: Anxiodepressive symptoms occurred in 9 pregnant women with HG from group 1, 8 women from group 2, 7 women from group 3, and 5 women from group 4 (p less than 0.001). The average gestation age at the occurrence of HG symptoms and the beginning of treatment was 7 weeks in group 1 and 8 weeks in groups 2, 3, and 4. Four women from group 1 and 7 women from groups 2, 3, an 4 needed intravenous compensation of liquid and electrolytes. The antiemetic metoclopramide was given intravenously to 1 woman from group 1, 2 women from group 2, 6 women from group 3, and 4 women from group 4. Promethazine was given to 1 woman from group 2, 1 woman from group 3, and to 3 women from group 4. The efficiency of the HG treatment with AP of the point Pc 6 was 90%, with APr of the Pc 6 63.6%, with placebo AP 12.5%, and with placebo APr 0%.
Conclusion: Acupuncture (p less than 0.0001) and acupressure (p less than 0.1) are effective, nonpharmacologic methods for the treatment of HG.
A letter from one of our patients to her OBGYN:
"I am writing to let you know that I have been receiving TCM treatment (acupuncture and Chinese herbs) for the abnormal uterine bleeding for which you examined me back in May. As you know from our last conversation, as soon as I stopped the progesterone, the bleeding resumed. I quickly did some research to find a TCM doctor, as I was extremely uncomfortable with the recommended treatment to go on the [birth control] pill.
I began treatment with Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. of the Aiyana Center for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. Her herbal and acupuncture treatments stopped the abnormal bleeding as well as restored my period to a five day, light, clot free flow. I am thrilled with the healing process I am experiencing.
If you have other patients like me who prefer holistic, natural medicine or treatment, she is happy to receive referrals from your office. Juliette is a compassionate, enthusiastic practitioner of TCM. She also commits a considerate amount of time at every office visit educating her patients about their condition and treatment."