Acupuncture is an ideal form of treatment during pregnancy as it offers women a natural alternative to medication for minor ailments and is free from side effects. It may be used to support a pregnant woman and provide relief to a wide range of common pregnancy conditions such as morning sickness, anxiety, fatigue, aching joints, breech presentation and delayed labour.
In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes help promote physical and emotional well-being. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation.
In pregnant women, acupuncture may help to relieve pain, improve mood and reduce anxiety, alleviate dyspepsia and turn a baby that is breech. The latter is done by increasing relaxation and reducing tension, stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to the release of endorphins and other neurochemicals, reducing inflammation and increasing cortico-adrenal secretion, placental oestrogens and changes in prostaglandin levels, which leads to raised basal tone of the uterus and enhanced movement of the foetus.
See The British Acupuncture Council website for references and further information.
Michelle is an experienced, highly qualified traditional acupuncturist and a fully registered member of the British Acupuncture Council. She offers a top quality one-to-one acupuncture service tailored to an individual's needs.
She operates from a complementary health clinic in Guildford town centre and treats privately in a relaxing environment at a peaceful clinic on the outskirts of Guildford in Surrey. She also does mobile work as needed. Both clinics are easily accessible within Guildford itself and from the surrounding areas of Surrey including Cranleigh, Godalming, Farnham, Woking and Farnborough.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything about acupuncture before making an appointment, please feel free to contact me on 07775 122754 or email me at
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