Acupuncture for Inducing Labor
Labor is Usually Delayed Due to Stagnation
As the mother approaches her due date she begins to experience a lot of stagnation in her body: internal organs become squeezed and compressed, the baby becomes constrained in the uterus and lodged in the pelvis, fluids accumulate, and even general movement becomes more difficult. This stagnation can often delay labor as things become more and more stuck, especially for first-time mothers.
Acupuncture Can Unblock Stuck Energy
There are five acupuncture points that specifically stimulate labor, located on the shoulders, the hands, and around the ankles and feet. Points on the lower back can be helpful as well, releasing tension in the pelvic area. Some acupuncture points work because they have a strongly descending energy, moving things down and out, some help the body move things from the inside out, though most unblock and move energy in the pelvic cavity. These points are very effective and usually noticeable shift starts to happen within 24 to 48 hours of the first treatment, and more so after the second. Usually two to three treatments are recommended, though I have had a few cases where one did the trick. Another benefit of these types of treatments is that they can both shorten and ease the labor process.
Treatments are Done While Reclined or Lying on Your Side
Since the mother can’t lie on her back, these types of acupuncture treatments are done while she is reclined or lying on her side. Acupuncture is never done on the abdomen at all. Points used are located on the shoulders, hands, ankles, feet, and lower back. Because the aim of the treatment is to get things moving, I like to gently stimulate the acupuncture needles every ten to fifteen minutes. These sessions can take a little longer than usual because I like to do one set of points while the mother is reclined and another on her lower back with her lying on her side. Typically the mother experiences a deep sense of relaxation during the session and feels neither the insertion nor the stimulation of the needles. During the treatment the baby may become more active or mild contractions may be induced.
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