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MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE IN PREGNANCY

By Ansgar Roemer

ISBN: 1-58890-255-2

In all areas of medicine, more and more European health care professionals are turning to complementary medicine as an effective, gentle means of increasing their patients’ comfort and wellness. In pregnancy and childbirth in particular, the successful combination of traditional Chinese and Western-based methods has helped countless women through this extraordinary time in their lives. This current text offers busy practitioners an accessible guide to the myriad ways in which these time-tested methods can both enhance and ease a pregnant woman’s experience before, during, and after delivery. With an engaging and lucid style, this book begins with a concise, yet thorough explanation of the underlying principles of TCM. Against this backdrop, the author guides the reader step-by-step through the treatment of a wide array of conditions, including hyperemesis and heartburn; preterm labor and preeclampsia; dysfunctional labor and post partum depression; dysmenorrhea, migraine, and infections. The text features directly useful descriptions of how TCM treats complications of pregnancy and post-partum and includes clear and helpful illustrations showing the precise location of acupuncture points, detailed descriptions and diagrams of needling depth and direction, tips and practical advice on how to combine TCM and traditional Western-based medicine, and easy-to-find information for quick reference in a clinical setting. In addition there is a practice-oriented introduction to qigong and supplemental information on Chinese dietetics. For busy biomedical practitioners — gynecologists, obstetricians, nurses, midwives, doulas, chiropractors, and occupational therapists — this is a highly useful reference and clinical resource.

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