Morning Sickness

'Morning sickness' is a bit of a misnomer. The nausea and, at its worst, vomiting of pregnancy can occur at any time of the day. It is perhaps surprising that there is more scientific evidence supporting the use of acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting than for any other condition. The nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (called 'hyperemesis gravidum' when severe) is no exception. Research has confirmed that acupuncture, using traditional Chinese principles, is an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and retching in early pregnancyy. The treatment usually centres around one point on the forearm a little above the wrist called Neiguan (meaning Inner Pass) and also known as point PC6. There is no rational Western explanation why needling this particular point should relieve nausea and vomiting but lots of research and clinical experience confirm its effectiveness. Though point PC6 will almost certainly be used, other points may be needled as well. Treatment is usually given several times a week and usually works within a week