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In Traditional Chinese Medicine is it thought that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is caused by the Qi (energy) flowing the wrong way. This is known as 'rebellious Stomach Qi'; normally the Stomach Qi descends, but due to the changes that occur during pregnancy, this Qi rebels and heads upwards, causing the unsavoury nausea. Specially selected acupuncture points encourage the rebellious Qi to descend, diminishing the unpleasant feelings of nausea, retching and vomiting. Studies show Acupuncture is an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy (Smith, C, 2002).
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(Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial, Smith S, Crowther C, Beilby J, 2002).
The acupressure point, ST36 (Zusanli), is one of the 11 heavenly acupuncture points. It is located on both legs, four finger widths down from the bottom of your kneecap, along the outer boundary of your shin bone, you will feel a small indent/depression there.
Press on either or both points for up to 3-5 minutes at a time. You can do this several times a day if you wish. This point helps to increase your Qi, strengthen the Stomach and Spleen, improve your digestion and increase Blood production. Well done!
Moxibustion (moxa), also known as mugwort, is an ancient herb which facilitates iron absorption. You can do moxibustion over ST36 for 5 minutes a day for ten days and your iron & energy levels should increase. Come in for a consultation and acupuncture treatment, and I will show you which special & safe techniques to use.