Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Zita West

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By Zita West

ACUPUNCTURE IN being pregnant AND CHILDBIRTH is a concise hugely illustrated and sensible advisor to utilizing acupuncture to regard ladies all through their being pregnant and labour. Drawing on an unprecedented wealth of expertise as a midwife and an acupuncturist, the writer has produced a booklet obtainable to either acupuncture scholars and practitioners protecting body structure relating to being pregnant and childbirth, illuminating hyperlinks among Western wisdom and acupuncture methods and suggesting issues and element mixtures for specific phases and activities while pregnant and labour.

  • Highly illustrated with precis packing containers and guidelines
  • Covers dietary features of pregnancy
  • Gives useful suggestion and guideline at the use of acupuncture in the course of the 4 trimesters of being pregnant and labour
  • Uses case examples to additional illustrate the text
  • Covers fresh advances when it comes to the results of aspirin and heparin to the immune process and pregnancy
  • Includes IVF pregnancies
  • Glossary and appendix of beneficial addresses
  • Fully up to date and revised all through to incorporate contemporary research
  • Nutrition and its influence at the foetus (new and constructing zone of research)

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Vitamin C aids absorption of both iron and zinc, it helps carry oxygen to all the cells, it nourishes the baby, helps to fight infection and keeps the mother healthy. It also helps make collagen, the connective tissue that keeps skin supple, so it plays an important role in preventing stretch marks. ) Vitamin D Vitamin D is vital for healthy bones and teeth. It also aids the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. It is made in the skin in the presence of sunlight and is rarely deficient except in pregnant Asian women who produce less vitamin D.

Internal organs affected by taste The other four tastes relate to the body organs as follows: • • • • • sour flavour enters the Liver and Gall Bladder bitter flavour enters the Heart and Small Intestine sweet flavour enters the Spleen and Stomach pungent flavour enters the Lungs and Large Intestine salty flavour enters the Kidneys and Bladder. indd 40 Yin Cooling Salty, bitter or sour Building blood and fluids Descending energy 10/10/2007 4:44:45 PM Nutrition in pregnancy 41 Food for conception and pregnancy Ancient Chinese thinking says that the food that our parents ate prior to our conception and what our mothers ate while they were carrying us affects us throughout our lives.

In a full condition, use a reducing technique, leaving the needles in. 6. For certain other treatments such as induction of labour, I use strong stimulation of the needles (moving them in and out as I go) rather than tonification. The aim here is to really get things moving. 7. indd 31 10/8/2007 5:56:55 PM 32 Acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth it. I usually use points on the back or Source points, such as Stomach and Spleen (BL-20, 21), Liver (BL-19) and Kidney (BL-23). My preferred needle technique is to insert the needle, get the Deqi and then leave the needle in – as a rule for no longer than 15 minutes at a first treatment – to see how the woman will react.

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