Banni has completed postgraduate training in acupuncture for pregnancy, fertility and IVF support.
Many conditions which routinely crop up during pregnancy would benefit from a natural solution. Acupuncture, when provided by a trained practitioner, can give relief for a range of pregnancy related conditions:
- Morning sickness
- High/low blood pressure
- Tender breasts
- Migraine and other headaches
- Back ache
- Pelvic pain (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction)
- Varicose veins
Acupuncture can turn breech babies
An adjunct technique to acupuncture called moxibustion has been used for many centuries to turn breech babies using a herb called moxa, which is lit and slowly smoldered directly above an acupuncture point on the little toe.
Acupuncture and labour
Acupuncture is used to induce labour in overdue pregnancies; it should only be used for induction when the mother has passed her due date and when written permission is provided by the patient’s obstetrician. Best results are seen seven to ten days after the treatment(s) but it can be immediate in many cases.
During labour acupuncture is used for pain relief and to boost the mother’s energy if the labour is a long one. Acupuncture can also be used to restart labour if it has slowed down or if contractions have stopped.
After the birth
Acupuncture is used by new mothers to increase energy levels, to promote healing and to combat the ‘baby blues’. It also is very helpful in treating mastitis.