Acupuncture treatment and Chinese Herbal Medicine consultations in South West London, SW14, SW15, SW18, SW19, Earlsfields, Southfields and Wimbledon
Acupuncture in pregnancy
Many women are reluctant to take drugs during their pregnancy and are looking for safe alternatives. Common ailments associated with pregnancy are hard to alleviate with conventional medicine, but can be treated effectively with a combination of natural therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy; acupuncture in particular, can help with:
nausea, morning sickness, fatigue, stress, anxiety, constipation, heartburns, digestive problems etc.
Acupuncture is also used frequently to prevent miscarriage
backache and sciatica, pelvic pain,constipation and haemorrhoids, headaches, migraines, depression, anxiety, heartburn, indigestion
Acupuncture has a valuable role to play in the final stage of pregnancy as well. In particular, it can help with:
lower back pain,and sciatica or piriformis syndrome, pubic pain, pelvic pain, pressure on the bladder, haemorrhoids,breech presentation babies, exhaustion.
Acupuncture is often used as a first method of induction of labour
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The extra fluid circulating in the pregnant woman can cause a compression of the median nerve in the wrist resulting in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; other than wearing a wrist brace there is no conventional medical treatment except surgery for this condition. Since it will resolve after delivery, acupuncture is an ideal temporary treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome during the pregnancy.
Rhinitis of pregnancy
Most pregnant women experience significant nasal congestion during their pregnancy, this is is a hormonal side effect. Most decongestant medications are contraindicated during a pregnancy, this is a condition for which acupuncture, often combined with homeopathy is very effective.
among them are:
In tests, mothers who gave birth to babies with congenital malformations were
found to have very low levels of manganese, as did their babies (Saner et al 1985).
The best food sources are: nuts, green leafy vegetables, peas, beets, egg yolks and
Zinc deficiency is linked to low birthweight, still births and male infertility, and to
diffi cult births and poor weight gain in newborns. Zinc is probably the most important
supplement to take in preparation for pregnancy (Caldwell 1969, Crawford &
Connor 1975, Pfeiffer 1978); 15–20 mg a day should be adequate.
Zinc absorption is helped by vitamin B6 and by eating oranges (the citric acid
increases absorption). Too much iron, on the other hand, depletes zinc. So does
Good dietary sources for zinc are: meat, fi sh and shellfi sh, particularly oyster,
sesame seeds, sunfl ower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds and other nuts, wheat
and oat germ, sprouted seeds, ginger, fruit, leafy vegetables and watercress.
It is better to start supplementing zinc before conception – but it is never too late
Folic acid deficiency has been linked to defects such as spina bifida, a condition
where the spinal cord does not develop properly. Mothers who supplement folic
acid and vitamin B12 before conception and during the first 3 months of pregnancy
have a lower incidence of neural tube defects. A survey of 23 000 women found
that those who supplemented their diet in the first 6 weeks of pregnancy had a
75% lower incidence of neural tube defects than those who did not (DOH 1992).
Folic acid in food is destroyed by sunlight, heat and an acid environment, and the
use of antibiotics also leads to deficiency. Supplementation of 400 μg a day is
recommended from before conception up until the end of the fi rst trimester (DOH
1992, Smithells 1983). This can be obtained on prescription but unless a woman
qualifi es for free prescriptions, it may be cheaper to buy it at a supermarket or
pharmacy. Good food sources include: green leafy vegetables, brewer’s yeast,
wholegrains, wheatgerm, milk, salmon, root vegetables and nuts
I treat eczema and other skin problems in adults and children using Chinese herbs, acupuncture and Homeopathy, often in combination; this allow me to get good results with mild treatment.
I prefer to use homeopathy for babies and young children, and often combine Chinese herbs and acupuncture for adults.
Not all skin conditions can be cured, but it is often possible to minimise the condition or force it into remission; many types of eczema, skin rashes and inflammations respond quickly to treatment.
Pj Cousin is a full member of the British Acupuncture Council and of the Unified Register of herbal Practitioners
is one of the oldest and most mysterious form of health care, the first book on this subject is about 2500 years old, and there are indications that the Chinese were already using a crude form of TCM 4000 years ago.
Today, this medical system is widely used in China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and all around Asia; in China alone there are 2500 hospitals specialising in TCM. This complex medical system is taught in 30 Chinese universities, to thousands of students from 120 different countries.
Acupuncture London: fertility clinics of acupuncture and complementary medicine at 95 Replingham Road london SW18 5LU