Morning Sickness & Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Morning Sickness

Acupuncture at AcuherbsMorning sickness is a very common disorder, occurring in 50 – 80% of all pregnant women (Smith 2002).  Symptoms associated with morning sickness can range from not only nausea, vomiting, retching, but excess salivation, cravings, food aversions, intense hunger, heartburn, burping/belching, smell, pica (desire to eat something inedible), tiredness and fatigue (West 2001).  Symptoms are unpleasant, but transitory and usually end by about the 4th month.  In fact morning sickness is a misnomer as symptoms are by no means contained to the first part of the day.  For some women symptoms can be constant and can last throughout the duration of the pregnancy.

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