Can acupuncture help to relieve morning sickness? Some type of morning sickness affects between 50-80% of all women during pregnancy. Generally the symptoms, which include nausea, vomiting, or a loss of appetite subside within 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. The symptoms can range from a mild sense of discomfort to forms that are so severe women experience weight loss, dehydration, and even the need for hospitalization.
Can Acupuncture Help with Morning Sickness?
Several studies have documented the effectiveness of acupuncture to relieve symptoms of morning sickness. In fact studies have shown stimulating one point in particular, PC6, (which is located on the inside of the forearm between the tendons about 2” up from the wrist) has remarkable effect in easing nausea. Many are familiar with this point as popular ‘motion sickness wristbands’ have been sold over the counter for years. You can try pushing hard on the point yourself (ask an acupuncturist to help you find the exact location), or you may need stronger treatment with acupuncture needles. The frequent stimulation of this with other points in combination can decrease and even eliminate the common discomfort associated with early pregnancy.
Other tips you can do at home include having a daily dose of fresh ginger, getting plenty of rest, and staying well hydrated. Fresh ginger has been shown to decrease nausea and vomiting. Try cutting up one or two ‘coins’ of ginger and steeping it in hot water, or add ginger to your soup and/or stir fry. You will need to have the ginger for up to four days before noticing a change in nausea, so if you don’t feel immediate relief, keep it up! Fatigue will almost always make the nausea become worse. If you notice your symptoms increasing as the day goes on, try fitting in an afternoon nap, or going to bed a bit earlier.
Pregnancy is an exciting time of life and keeping your body strong and healthy will help you ease into parenthood. If you have questions about using acupuncture or other holistic practices to relieve morning sickness, please schedule an appointment at our Edina or St. Paul locations.