Reach Us +44-1235-425476
Acupuncture in Pregnancy | OMICS International
ISSN: 2327-5162
Alternative & Integrative Medicine
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700+ peer reviewed, Open Access Journals that operates with the help of 50,000+ Editorial Board Members and esteemed reviewers and 1000+ Scientific associations in Medical, Clinical, Pharmaceutical, Engineering, Technology and Management Fields.
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Conferenceseries Events with over 600+ Conferences, 1200+ Symposiums and 1200+ Workshops on
Medical, Pharma, Engineering, Science, Technology and Business

Acupuncture in Pregnancy

João Bosco Guerreiro da Silva*

Department of Acupuncture, Brazilian Medical Acupuncture College, Brazil

*Corresponding Author:
João Bosco Guerreiro da Silva
Scientific director, Department of Acupuncture
Brazilian Medical Acupuncture College, Brazil
Tel: +55 17 32015700
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date June 26, 2014; Accepted date June 28, 2014; Published date June 30, 2014

Citation: Da Silva JBG (2014) Acupuncture in Pregnancy. Altern Integr Med 3:e114. doi:10.4172/2327-5162.1000e114

Copyright: © 2014 Da Silva. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Visit for more related articles at Alternative & Integrative Medicine


Acupuncture may be an excellent tool for pregnancy. Moreover, much of its acceptance by scientific community is due to the pioneers well designed studies which demonstrated that it could be effective in gravidic nauseas [1].

Acupuncture can be used in antenatal period, in deliverance and postnatal. In deliverance, it is used experimentally as an optional and complementar tecnique for analgesia [2]. It can be also used before conception, both to increase the chance of a normal pregnancy and improve rates of artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization [3].

The use of acupuncture in the obstetrics pathologies of pregnancy like miscarriage threat and Specific Hypertensive Disease of Pregnancy is understudied although Betts et al. [4] call attention for the use in the first case. The relative success in treating Essential Hypertension in other kind of patients [5] may be a stimulus for its use in the second case, but there is not enough clinical experience yet.

Besides emesis gravidarum, acupuncture seems to be effective - like in the absence of pregnancy - in low back and pelvic pain [6-8], tensional headache [9] insomnia [10], depression [11] and dyspepsia [12], clinical conditions that significantly impair the development of pregnancy and the quality of life of pregnant. We could not forget the use of acupuncture in hypogalactia [13] and for cephalic version in breech presentation [14].

Despite these results, there is still strong concern about using acupuncture in pregnancy. The traditional literature - here understood as textbooks that are based exclusively on Traditional Chinese Medicine [15,16] - raises suspicions about the risk of using certain points because they might be abortifacient and should be ‘forbidden’. We have been worked in the last years to show that this concern is groundless [17]. An overview of literature shows the opposite. Acupuncture in these ‘forbidden’ points could induce uterine contractions but only in post-term pregnant women, during labor or in cases of fetal death [18,19]. On the other hand, it could protect animals from preterm labor induced by oxytocin [20]. In other words, acupuncture has a bidirectional regulatory effect [21].

Traditional and modern authors show us that acupuncture plays an homeostatic role [22,23]. If it can normalise physiological parameters, why should it have a harmful effect when a pregnancy is normal [24]? At least two experimental studies demonstrated that acupuncture [25] or electrodes [26,27] in forbidden points do not produce deleterious effects to the pregnancy development. This unsustainable fear must end. The use of acupuncture in pregnancy should be encouraged. It may be an outstanding option in prenatal care. Being a non-pharmacological therapy it can avoid many complications drugs may cause in this delicate phase of female life.


Select your language of interest to view the total content in your interested language
Post your comment

Share This Article

Relevant Topics

Recommended Conferences

Article Usage

  • Total views: 11984
  • [From(publication date):
    September-2014 - Nov 21, 2018]
  • Breakdown by view type
  • HTML page views : 8130
  • PDF downloads : 3854

Post your comment

captcha   Reload  Can't read the image? click here to refresh

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2018-19
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri and Aquaculture Journals

Dr. Krish

[email protected]

+1-702-714-7001Extn: 9040

Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals


[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9040

Clinical Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Food & Nutrition Journals

Katie Wilson

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science

Andrea Jason

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics & Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Materials Science Journals

Rachle Green

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Nursing & Health Care Journals

Stephanie Skinner

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

Ann Jose

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry


[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

© 2008- 2018 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version