Acupuncture for morning sickness

“Can I do anything to relieve morning sickness?”

“What treatments are there for morning sickness?”

“How do I get rid of morning sickness?”


These are common questions asked by women every day. The trouble is, most of the time there aren’t too many people to ask because morning sickness – nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy – is usually at its most intense during the first trimester. This is the time when most couples choose to keep their pregancy a secret, until they pass this vulnerable phase.

Many women suffer in silence with this condition, but treatment is available. It is safe, natural and usually very effective.


Doctors and acupuncture

Although some doctors are now becoming aware of the benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of nausea, it is still relatively early days for this awareness.

Actually, acupuncture treatment of nausea has received strong medical recommendation due to the positive results of many high-quality clinical studies. While these studies have focused on other causes of nausea, the treatment in Chinese medicine is often similar. There are further special points used specifically for morning sickness.


When can I have acupuncture treatment?

You can receive acupuncture treatment for morning sickness at any time in the pregnancy. There is no need to wait until a certain number of weeks have passed. Your acupuncturist will vary the treatment according to your body’s condition, length of gestation and so on.


How often will I need treatment?

Usually once a week during the first trimester is enough for most cases of morning sickness.  Usually symptoms start at around 8 weeks, and ease at around 13 weeks, so a standard case would need about five or six treatments.


Can acupuncture help with severe morning sickness?

Some women experience severe nausea and vomiting, often requiring hospitalisation for treatment and fluid replacement (hyperemesis gravidarum). In these cases, acupuncture is seen as supportive therapy to Western medicine management.


Is there anything else I can do?

Yes – to support your acupuncture treatments, please see Self-Care for Morning Sickness.