Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have a long history of treating pregnancy-related ailments, including morning sickness and nausea. In fact, studies have shown acupuncture to be very effective in treating nausea related conditions, both in pregnancy and non-pregnancy related conditions.
Recent scientific research confirms this efficacy. In 2002, Smith et al. published an article from their research on pregnancy related nausea and vomiting. This article looked at the effectiveness of acupuncture. In this study, the sample populations were formed with 593 women who were less than 14 weeks pregnant. The women were randomized and divided into 4 groups:
- Traditional acupuncture group- This group was given customized treatments based on individual diagnosis.
- Single acupuncture point group- All the patients in this group were treated with the same acupuncture point, regardless of any individual diagnosis.
- Sham acupuncture group- This group of patients were given acupuncture at sites near actual acupuncture points, but not treated with actual, known acupuncture sites.
- No acupuncture group- This group was the control group that received no acupuncture treatment.
The study concluded that acupuncture is an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy. The traditional acupuncture group reported less nausea throughout the trial and less dry retching from the second week compared with the group of women who received no acupuncture. Click on the link below to read the study:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11843784