Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2e by Zita West

By Zita West

ACUPUNCTURE IN being pregnant AND CHILDBIRTH is a concise hugely illustrated and sensible advisor to utilizing acupuncture to regard girls all through their being pregnant and labour. Drawing on an extraordinary wealth of expertise as a midwife and an acupuncturist, the writer has produced a publication available to either acupuncture scholars and practitioners masking body structure concerning being pregnant and childbirth, illuminating hyperlinks among Western wisdom and acupuncture ways and suggesting issues and aspect combos for specific phases and activities while pregnant and labour.

  • Highly illustrated with precis packing containers and guidelines
  • Covers dietary elements of pregnancy
  • Gives sensible recommendation and guide at the use of acupuncture in the course of the 4 trimesters of being pregnant and labour
  • Uses case examples to extra illustrate the text
  • Covers contemporary advances relating to the results of aspirin and heparin to the immune method and pregnancy
  • Includes IVF pregnancies
  • Glossary and appendix of beneficial addresses
  • Fully up-to-date and revised all through to incorporate contemporary research
  • Nutrition and its influence at the foetus (new and constructing sector of research)

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BL-31 and 32: these are in the first and second sacral foramina, very good for induction and not points that can easily be needled in error. • BL-67: I would not needle this point during pregnancy but would heat it with moxa to turn a breech baby. • Abdominal points: I will not needle lower abdominal points unless the patient is suffering a great deal of pubic pain. Great care needs to be taken in treating pregnant women between 32 and 34 weeks. On no account should you give any strong treatments, especially in the back, as you do not want to do anything that might start contractions.

Carbohydrates Carbohydrates, which include starches, sugars and fibres, are the main providers of energy. They are best eaten unrefined, with ‘nothing added and nothing taken away’, as processing removes many vital nutrients as well as much of the fibre that can help prevent constipation. Foods to eat. These include complex carbohydrates, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, and wholegrains, such as wholemeal bread, brown rice and wholemeal pasta. Foods to avoid. These include simple carbohydrates, such as white sugar, white flour and bread, white pasta and sweets.

3. For deficient conditions, I tonify by leaving them in place for 15 to 20 minutes. 4. For a clearing treatment in pregnancy, such as Liver Qi stagnation or Heat, use even technique: insert the needle, get the Deqi, but use no movement to the needle at all. 5. In a full condition, use a reducing technique, leaving the needles in. 6. For certain other treatments such as induction of labour, I use strong stimulation of the needles (moving them in and out as I go) rather than tonification. The aim here is to really get things moving.

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