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    Benefits of Acupuncture During Pregnancy

    By Flora Arzanipour, MSOM Licensed Acupuncturist, Center for Healing Arts, The Women’s Hospital 03/20/2017

    Many pregnant women have symptoms that may cause them discomfort. Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to help relieve these symptoms. Besides providing relief for the mother, research shows that one acupuncture session a month during pregnancy can greatly improve your baby’s health.


    What is Acupuncture?
    Acupuncture is a healing art that originated in China thousands of years ago. Traditional Chinese medicine views the body as two opposing forces, yin and yang. When an imbalance occurs between the two, it blocks the qi (pronounced CHEE), or the flow of vital energy along internal pathways (known as meridians) in our bodies. During acupuncture, a practitioner inserts hair-thin needles through the skin at points along the meridians to correct imbalances and restore health.


    How Acupuncture can be beneficial during pregnancy?
    Acupuncture during pregnancy may be helpful if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

    • Back pain and sciatica
    • Breech birth
    • Constipation
    • Depression
    • Edema (also called “swelling”)
    • Fatigue
    • Headaches
    • Heartburn
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Mood swings/Irritability
    • Nausea and vomiting (also known as “morning sickness”)
    • Pelvic pain
    • Sleep problems

    For more information, call 812-842-4328 or visit www.deaconess.com/CHA.

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