how acupuncture works for Morning Sickness
Acupuncture has been shown to significantly reduce nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness. By focusing on specific acupoints, acupuncture helps to combat this most unpleasant symptom during pregnancy.
"I was throwing up four to five times a day while working full-time as a teacher, so it was quite challenging. I tried everything. I tried the motion sickness bracelets. I tried vitamin B-12, sleeping pills that were supposed to help with nausea. Everything would help for a day or two. I then tried medications and ended with an anti-nausea medication that they use for chemo patients.
"All of it felt wrong to do while pregnant, but I was kind of at a loss and in survival mode. All of them would work for a day or two then stop. One day, when I was visiting my OB there was a fill-in nurse who recommended acupuncture. I hadn't tried it because I didn't know it was available and my OB had never recommended it.
"Willing to do anything, I came to Turning Point. Within a week, I was throwing up twice a day and then once a week. It completely stopped within two weeks. I came regularly. I did have to come a lot in the beginning and then it just slowly tapered out. I remember the day Tom told me that I don't think you need to come any more. I got big tears in my eyes. He said, "No, no, you can keep coming!" I kept coming and it was wonderful. It helped, obviously with the nausea, but just with relaxing during my pregnancy and it was great.
"Fast forward another year and a half and a friend of mine was suffering from fibromyalgia and going through different medications and doctors and not knowing what to do. She ended up retiring early from the teaching profession that she loved dearly because of how uncomfortable she was.
"I receive the Turning Point newsletters and one was highlighting acupuncture with fibromyalgia. I forwarded it to her and said, "Hey, I don't know how you feel about this, but just a thought, you could try it." And she's been coming ever since. She has had such relief and been able to enjoy her family and her retirement. It helps with so many of her symptoms that she wasn't able to find help with through traditional medicine and medications.
"With my experience and her experience and spreading the word, I think it's been a really good experience for all of us."