Acupuncture FAQ

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of medical treatment that has evolved into an effective and holistic health care system. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems which makes it an ideal choice to address the challenges of pregnancy.

Practitioners of acupuncture have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.  Acupuncture promotes and strengthens the natural healing capacity of the body. It can support physical and emotional health and improve overall functioning and well-being.

At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi, or vital energy, flows throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. Qi animates and protects the body from pain and illness. A free-flowing balance of Qi in the body positively influences a person’s health and sense of well being.

What about acupuncture during pregnancy and postpartum

The strength and value of acupuncture is its ability to not only treat disease but also to promote balance and wellness both physically and emotionally. For pregnancy, in particular, it has been demonstrated to be effective for morning sickness, anxiety, constipation, low back pain, and sciatica. Acupuncture can be used very effectively to prepare for the experience of labor and birth. Weekly treatments during the last month of pregnancy harmonize and balance a woman’s emotional and physical energy so that she approaches the experience of labor and birth from an empowered place.

During pregnancy, regular acupuncture treatments promote the health of the mother and benefit the healthy development of the baby. These treatments are recommended once or twice each month during pregnancy and then weekly after 36 weeks to help prepare for labor.

Postpartum Acupuncture

Caring for your health is crucial during the weeks following birth. Once baby is born changes quickly take place in your body as you adapt to caring for a new infant. Acupuncture helps to restore balance, decrease stress and promote healthy lactation. After a Cesarean, acupuncture can help your body recover from the surgery. Acupuncture can be initiated just days after you deliver.

I encourage you to visit this website for more information about obstetric acupuncture.    It contains a very thorough discussion about all the ways that acupuncture can be used to help you during your pregnancy.

Please click here to visit the IVF Acupuncture Support Clinic in Sydney, Australia.   This site contains a very comprehensive summary of the current literature/research on the use of acupuncture during pregnancy.

Please always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.


What type of training is required for acupuncturists?

A licensed acupuncturist is required to attend a nationally accredited four year master’s program. They must pass a national certification exam and meet strict state criteria for licensing.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is an all-natural, drug-free therapy.  Single use sterile needles are used so infection is extremely rare. Other extremely rare risks include bruising, bleeding, transient nerve pain, or fainting.