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Can Acupuncture Prove Beneficial for Nausea During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is the happiest phase of every woman’s life, and yet can be plagued with various nagging issues such as nausea. Did you know that morning sickness or nausea affects about 50-90% of all pregnant women? Thankfully, you can do away with the symptoms of morning sickness, such as nausea, by opting for acupuncture. The many benefits of acupuncture have been widely documented, and are also becoming increasingly popular. Listed below is a synopsis of all that you need to know, when you decide to see a specialist in fertility acupuncture in SF:
What is acupuncture and what does it entail?
Acupuncture is a holistic form of treatment which is free from side effects, and involves the insertion of fine, hair-like needles at specific points on your body. This form of traditional Chinese medicine is used to treat pain, but is also now embraced by several thousand across the globe for overall wellness and stress management. Acupuncturists explain their craft as a technique to balance the flow of Qi – life force – that is believed to flow through pathways in the body. By the insertion of fine needles into certain points along this pathway, your energy flow will re-balance.
Acupuncture for morning sickness
A number of studies have been done on acupuncture and its efficacy in treating morning sickness. A meta-analysis conducted on electro-acupuncture and acupuncture during pregnancy has been able to establish that electro-acupuncture combined with acupressure can indeed reduce nausea and vomiting. Furthermore, a 2011 literature review done by Freels indicated that acupressure performed on P6 can dramatically bring down nausea symptoms.
Interestingly, most research conducted has been done on one specific acupuncture point – P6. This point is situated on the inside of our arm, is easy to find, and is well-known for its anti-nausea properties. Travel sickness bands target this acupoint to reduce nausea symptoms. However, an acupuncturist will use many more point combinations aside from the P6 to help and support pregnant women suffering from severe symptoms of nausea.
What to expect on your first visit?
On your first visit to an acupuncturist, she will diagnose your symptoms, and establish the points of prescription based on your general health, as well as your individualized concerns. She will also give you specific dietary advice to be followed in conjunction with the treatment. You will begin to experience a reduction in symptoms of nausea soon after your first acupuncture session. Be patient as you may need more than one session to experience a noticeable change in how you feel.
If you are suffering from morning sickness or nausea, or are looking for reliable fertility acupuncture in SF, look no further than Anchor Acupuncture. Call us today at 415-855-3112 to schedule an appointment with one of the best acupuncturists in town.

Amanda Moler is a licensed acupuncturist and certified fertility acupuncturist (FABORM), serving San Francisco, CA.  Her educational background includes receiving a bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from Antioch College in 2001 and in 2010, her master’s degree from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2008, she also attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, IL for education on acupuncture and oriental medicine. Asa Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, she has gained recognition for treating complex women fertility cases, providing guidance on painful side-effects of drugs, hormones, and maintaining the overall well-being of women. Follow Anchor Acupuncture and Amanda Moler on Facebook , Instagram, LinkedIn.