Some Clinical Studies:
‘Cure morning sickness’ with acupuncture
By JAMES CHAPMAN, Daily Mail
It is already one of the most popular alternative therapies and now doctors say acupuncture can help cure morning sickness.
Experts studied 600 women suffering from the symptoms that can make the early months of pregnancy a misery for many mothers.
The women were all less than 14 weeks pregnant. Those given 20 minutes of acupuncture a week made remarkable improvements.
Dr Caroline Smith, who led the research, said: ‘Around 50 to 80 per cent of all pregnant women experience nausea or vomiting in early pregnancy.
‘As a result they can have poor quality of life – they feel lousy and may be low in spirits, anxious, and find it hard to do everyday things.
‘Our results have shown that as little as one treatment can significantly change the way these women feel.
‘We found that traditional acupuncture reduced nausea throughout the trial, with dry retching being reduced from the second week.’
In the trial, reported today in the medical journal Birth, Dr Smith, of Adelaide University in Australia, compared two different kinds of acupuncture – the traditional technique, and so- called p6 acupuncture.
The first method uses a variety of points on the forearm or abdomen, whereas p6 involves a single point classically associated with nausea and vomiting.
‘The traditional technique proved most effective. Women now have an additional option to manage their morning sickness,’ said Dr Smith.
‘They function – physically and emotionally – much better after both types of acupuncture.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Acupuncture
A study published in the December 2009 issue of “Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion” investigated the effects of acupuncture on hyperemesis gravidarum, which is a severe form of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy that can lead to dehydration.
Researchers recruited 90 pregnant women and divided them into three groups of 30 each: one was treated with acupuncture using four specific acupuncture points; a second was treated with 30 mg of luminal, an anti-epileptic drug, three times a day; and the third received a Chinese herbal concoction.
After the trial, 96.7 percent of the women in the acupuncture group showed significant improvements, whereas 60 percent responded to Chinese herbs and 46.7 percent benefited from luminal. The researchers concluded that acupuncture offers rapid and effective relief of hyperemesis gravidarum symptoms.