Safety of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in Pregnancy

Safety of Acupuncture in Pregancy.

Acupuncture during pregnancy is safe. Acupuncture is not a substitute for Western prenatal medical care. Instead, it offers complementary care that has many benefits. And because acupuncture has very few side effects, many pregnant women now seek this alternative to drug therapy for a number of common pregnancy complaints.

A search of peer-reviewed scientific studies doesn’t unearth a single study that points to any increased risk from the use of acupuncture in pregnancy or labor. A 2002 study conducted at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital at Adelaide University in Australia on the safety of acupuncture for nausea in early pregnancy verified that there is no increased risk of congenital anomalies, miscarriage, stillbirth,, placental abruption, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, premature birth, or normal measures of neonatal health (such as maturity or birth weight) when women receive acupuncture during pregnancy.  The study was conducted during the first trimester of pregnancy, when fetal development is most vulnerable. These results have been replicated at other research institutions worldwide.

Safety of Chinese Herbal Medicine in Pregnancy.

Chinese herbal medicine during pregnancy is safe ONLY if prescribed by an acupuncturist well trained in the use of Chinese herbs during pregnancy.  Not all herbs are safe and administered by anyone other than a qualified practitioner is not advisable.

Qualifications of a Fertilty Specialist