Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Zita West

By Zita West

ACUPUNCTURE IN being pregnant AND CHILDBIRTH is a concise hugely illustrated and useful advisor to utilizing acupuncture to regard girls all through their being pregnant and labour. Drawing on an unheard of wealth of expertise as a midwife and an acupuncturist, the writer has produced a e-book available to either acupuncture scholars and practitioners overlaying body structure on the topic of being pregnant and childbirth, illuminating hyperlinks among Western wisdom and acupuncture methods and suggesting issues and aspect mixtures for specific phases and activities while pregnant and labour.

  • Highly illustrated with precis packing containers and guidelines
  • Covers dietary facets of pregnancy
  • Gives functional suggestion and guideline 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 fresh advances relating to the consequences of aspirin and heparin to the immune approach and pregnancy
  • Includes IVF pregnancies
  • Glossary and appendix of invaluable addresses
  • Fully up-to-date and revised all through to incorporate contemporary research
  • Nutrition and its influence at the foetus (new and constructing region of research)

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But for some women this results in a lack of continuity of care, because they see a different midwife at every visit. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to build up any kind of personal relationship and can leave a woman feeling that she has no one to confide in, that she is a ‘case’, not an individual, and that her pregnancy is a medical condition rather than a natural life stage. A more individualised, ‘woman-centred’ care is better for everyone involved. indd 51 10/10/2007 4:46:56 PM 52 Acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth Antenatal terms explained Attitude.

The tonification I was taught was to insert the needle, get the Deqi, rotate the needle and then remove it. This follows the instruction in many ancient texts. 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.

Deficiency can lead to weakness, excessive tiredness, depression, headache, confusion and memory loss. Iron supplementation on its own is not effective as it needs to work with other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C in particular helps the body to absorb iron, as for example taking a glass of fresh orange with an egg yolk. These include molasses, wholegrains, wheatgerm, lean red meat, poultry, almonds, egg yolk, wholegrains, avocados, dried fruit such as figs, currants and apricots, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, watercress and parsley.

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