I would like to give you some information before we begin, to give you a better understanding and to know you are fully informed at all times.
Acupuncture is not a cure. From what I have read and studied it has never professed ever to be and those who do profess to ‘cure’ you of all ills, should be viewed with caution. Acupuncture treats the person and relieves a lot of the symptoms that go along with long term chronic illness, acute pain and other groups such as allergies and addictions.
Acupuncture falls into two distinct groups, Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and that of Western Medical Acupuncture. I hold a Lic.Ac in British Medical Acupuncture with The British Academy Western Medical Acupuncture which has been partnered by Liverpool John Moores University. This course is at Level 7 and is worth 20 credits. To register for this course you must be a registered health care professional.
To the untrained eye, the differences between the two forms of acupuncture seem unnoticeable, both use needles which are inserted into numerous places in the body, often stimulated by Moxa and Electrical impulses however the approaches differ greatly.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture:
Acupuncture is believed to have been practised in China for over two thousand years, being a branch of Chinese Medicine. A traditional acupuncturist will make a diagnosis in terms of disturbances in the body’s balance, which can then be corrected by the insertion of needles into specific locations. ‘Qi’, ‘Ying & Yang’ are often terms you will hear. Traditional acupuncture is based on the balance of opposites and the flow of energy – this is a very simplistic view but can be linked to current understandings of homeostasis and the Central Nervous System. Meridians is another term used, this describes a group of vessels or channels. These Meridians were mapped but the exact location of acupuncture points is still up for argument! By needling the ends of meridians, relieved the symptoms of that organ.
Western Medical Acupuncture:
Came to the United Kingdom in the 1960’s, usually Dr’s who had trained or practiced in China became familiar with this form of medicine and believed it could be beneficial to the medical profession. Dr George Neiman, a founder of the Academy, developed an approach whereby the treatments would be based on western conventional diagnoses and treatment. Using formula of acupuncture points, specific to those diagnoses given the patients own Dr.
Melsack and Wall, who suggested the ‘Gate Theory’, has enabled the techniques to be more fully understood and backed up by science. Acupuncture mechanisms are more fully understood but there is an enormous amount of work still to be carried out in collection of evidence and audit and a lot more to learn.
Acupunture has shown to be of benefit for a host of issues concerneing pregnancy, this is a list I have experience with but it is no means exhaustive:
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP/SPD)
Turning Breech presenting babies
The pain associated OP labours (lower back pain)
Relaxation and or Sleeping problems