I have been using acupuncture treatment routinely in my obstetrics practice with satisfactory outcome in conditions like morning sickness, breech presentation, induction of labour, labour analgesia, deficient lactation.
Acupuncture during pregnancy:-
Acupuncture is, ideal for childbirth. Being ‘drug-free’ and therefore having no harmful teratogenic effects, women may feel happier about receiving this type of treatment in their pregnancy. For many years obstetricians and midwives have felt frustrated at not being able to offer women effective treatment for the minor ailments of pregnancy, which for some women may be far from minor and continued to suffer. Treatment of problems of pregnancy and labour by Dr Pardeshi Acupuncture of Nashik may help them in most pleasant experience of delivery of their child.
Morning Sickness Treatment:-
Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy are troublesome symptoms for some women. Acupuncture reduced nausea, dry retching, and vomiting, and improves the health status of women in pregnancy. We at our maternity of Nashik regularly provide treatment by Dr Pardeshi Acupuncture for morning sickness retching, vomiting and deficient lactation and patients are very happy with it.
As per PubMed research – Acupuncture is an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy. A time-related placebo effect was found for some women.
Breech presentation can be corrected by acupuncture and Moxibustion stimulating acupuncture points by heat or by needles. Electro-acupuncture and auricular plaster therapy have also been used to induce cephalic version. A recent randomised trial has shown that moxibustion is more effective in bringing about cephalic version than in controls. Moxibustion is non-invasive, painless and well tolerated by women. There were no significant adverse effects on women or their infants. A recent study of the Cooperative Research Group on Moxibustion reported that 1841 of 2041 women (90.2%) with a breech presentation given this treatment had spontaneous cephalic version. The success rate in the 880 women who were given the treatment after 34 weeks was 84.6%. Eighty-six percent of the versions were achieved after one to four applications of Moxibustion or acupuncture and the remaining 14% after five to ten applications. The success rate between pregnancy first time and pregnancy more than first time was same. The rate of version was higher in women with an average tension of the abdominal wall than in those with high or low tension.
Acupuncture and Moxibustion causes series of biochemical reaction – like increased oestridiol production by the feto-placental unit, increased adrenocortical activity, and an increase in the ratio of prostaglandin F2a to prostaglandin E2. In turn this raises uterine basal tone and increases contractility. The increase in fetal movements and fetal heart rate is one of the most striking effects of Moxibustion; the increased movements are perceived by almost all women towards the second half of the stimulation period and persist even after the end of stimulation. This activity stimulates fetal movements and that results into vertex presentation possible. Stimulation performed in cases of intrauterine fetal death in which case there would be no fetal movements, fail to produce version. This clarifies that this type of version relies on active fetal participation and any explanation based purely on a reflex action of Moxibustion acupuncture mediated by a dermatome must be ruled out
Acupuncture is used successfully to achieve pain relief during labour. It is reported in one study that more than 85% of 186 patients treated by electro-acupuncture during the first or second stage of labour had pain relief. The patients had on average six hours duration of the analgesic effect. The acupuncture method is very simple, practical, cheap and safe for the woman and her infant. Sacral acupuncture for pain relief in labour in Nigerian women found that clinically adequate analgesia was produced in 19 of 30 women. The needles did not interfere with nursing or obstetric manoeuvres. Acupuncture reduces the need for other methods of analgesia in childbirth. Majority of women stated that they would consider acupuncture for future deliveries. Experience of treatment by Dr Pardeshi Acupuncture of Nashik has been very encouraging in labour analgesia.
Deficient Lactation Treatment:-
Increase of breast milk has been reported following acupuncture for pain treatment. It is well-established to use acupuncture to treat low breast milk supply. The effect is probably by release of prolactin and oxytocin. We have used this method number of times to enhance breast milk in deficient state. Treatment by Dr Pardeshi Acupuncture of Nashik has treated many cases of deficient lactation in our own maternity home.