Pregnancy & Post-Partum

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for over 3000 years to provide specialized care for women during pregnancy, birth and post-partum.

Today, many acupuncturists and specially trained midwives are using acupuncture and acupressure as it has gained popular acceptance in the western world.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture and Chinese Herbs play a special part in the health and recovery of women’s well-being.  If adequate care is not taken problems may continue long after the birth, therefore, preventative care is essential to strengthen the mother and to deal with problems as they occur during pregnancy.

Dianna’s pregnancy acupuncture offers support for a wide variety of conditions including:

  • - Nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness
  • - Miscarriage prevention (sometimes this involves working with a woman prior to being pregnant)
  • - Mood changes associated with anxiety, depression and stress
  • - Back pain/pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • - Headache during pregnancy
  • - Cold and flu during pregnancy
  • - Labour preparation and pre-labour support

Acupuncture during the first few weeks of pregnancy

Acupuncture has been demonstrated to have significant immune-modulating effects. This effect may be important in reducing the risk of rejection by the mother’s immune system in the early days as the embryo implants and a pregnancy is established

Breech & Posterior Babies

Acupuncture and moxibustion have been traditionally used in China for thousands of years for breech presentation. 



Smith C, Acupunct Med 2013;31:5-6 Acupuncture in Medicine

In this editorial Caroline Smith from Western Sydney University, discusses recent findings and analysis (Cochrane Review) of treatment for breech presentation.

When combined with acupuncture, moxibustion resulted in fewer non-cephalic presentations at birth (RR 0.73, 95% CI 0.57 to 0.94), and fewer births by caesarean section (RR 0.79, 95% CI 0.64 to 0.98) compared with no treatment.


Birth Preparation & Labour Induction with Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatments applied in the 4 weeks before the due date for delivery has been shown to reduce medical induction and emergency caesarian rates. It also has been shown to encourage cervical ripening and shorten labour time.



Analysing the Study of Using Acupuncture in Delivery in the Past Ten Years in China

Yingru Chen et al, ECAM, Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 672508 Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This paper analyses 87 articles published in the last 10 years in China, including randomized control trials, prospective case studies, reviews and meta-analyses. The reviewers conclude that acupuncture can relieve labor pain, promote childbirth, shorten delivery and treat postpartum disorders. (reference- and put link to abstract below**)

ABSTRACT – The use of acupuncture in inducing delivery has a long history in China. With progress over time, it has been applied in many aspects. For further study of acupuncture in delivery, this paper analysed the papers using acupuncture in delivery in the past ten years in mainland China. 87 literatures were picked out by searching relevant electronic databases and bibliographies of relevant journals. The analysis showed randomized controlled trials that were the major type of research, while preclinical researches and literature reviews only account for around ten percent, respectively. Clinical researches indicated that acupuncture can relieve labour pain, promote maternal uterine contraction, shorten birth process, and treat postpartum disorders. Preclinical researchers found that acupuncture can adjust certain hormones and improve uterus contraction of late-stage pregnant rats. However, due to lack of large multicentre randomised controlled clinical trials, standardised evaluations of clinical effects in clinical researches and detailed mechanism study in preclinical researches and unequivocal conclusions about the effectiveness, efficacy, and mechanisms of acupuncture in this field cannot be obtained from those researches yet. Further clinical and preclinical studies about the use of acupuncture in delivery with improved methodology is still needed.


Preparing for labour

Clinical studies have shown that women who have acupuncture once a week in the month leading up to their due date may have shorter active phase labours, fewer medical inductions and fewer emergency caesareans compared to women who do not have acupuncture.

Inducing labour

For those women who have premature rupture of membranes or who are scheduled for a medical induction, acupuncture can be used in an attempt to encourage the start of labour. This treatment may need to be repeated four days in a row.

Labour support

Partners or support persons can learn how to use acupressure points for pain relief during labour. Please ask us for more information if you are interested.