This past weekend I saw 4 women in the early stages of pregnancy who were struggling with nausea and vomiting. Morning sickness is considered a normal symptom of pregnancy, and even lauded as a “good sign.” While it does indicate higher levels of progesterone necessary for maintaining pregnancy, for some women it can be debilitating. For many, it is so severe that they are unable to work and often resort to western drugs which can be effective, but are not without risks.
In the hands of an experienced acupuncturist, a woman can find significant relief for morning sickness. In my experience, the most helpful protocol is to receive treatment three or four times within a short period of 1-2 weeks, then continue once-weekly treatment through the first trimester. I will also prescribe herbs if they seem necessary, and encourage women to keep their blood sugar as stable as possible by taking bites of crackers, or other carbs throughout the day. Rest is very important in these situations, and I ask my patients to get to bed early and nap when they can. I have a very strong ginger candy that many women swear by as well.
The main points that I use are KI-27, KI-21, KI-6, P6, Ren 14, Ren 12. I will add additional points based on the woman’s current Chinese Medicine pattern. Common additions are St-36, Sp-4, Liv-3, St-44, St-19, St-40.