Can Acupuncture cause miscarriage?
At Turning Point Acupuncture we are dedicated to helping a woman who desires children to become pregnant and subsequently to supporting her through the pregnancy.
How can acupuncture be used in pregnancy?
It is useful to look at the historical context in which acupuncture for pregnancy developed to realize the ways that it may be utilized.
Since Confucianism involves ancestral worship, the Chinese have been strongly committed to having healthy children. A sturdy son was desired in particular, since it would be he who would tend the shrine of his departed antecedents. Chinese Medicine developed to address the expectations of the faithful follower of that tradition. Treatment evolved to help couples to conceive and then to foster a healthy pregnancy and uncomplicated delivery.
Acupuncture as it is practiced today is a safe, comfortable and cost effective treatment for many of the problems that commonly develop in pregnancy. This is especially true since pharmaceuticals are contraindicated in pregnant women in most cases.
That being said, it is important that the acupuncture with a well trained practitioner because there are some acupuncture point that are traditionally forbidden to do during the nine months of gestation. These points are the ones that are known to strongly move Qi (energy) and blood through the pelvis include obvious points like those on the lower abdomen, and also the famous points we use to treat gynecological disorders: LI4 and SP6
In fact these two points when strongly stimulated have been used to induce abortion. I have read that they were frequently used in Maoist China when the one child per family edict was strictly enforced. Acupuncture, of course, when properly applied can help to prevent, not cause miscarriages.