Acupuncture & Morning Sickness – Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast

Acupuncture & Morning Sickness

Posted: 12 Jan, 2012

Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast – Women’s Health Acupuncture


Manual Acupuncture Reduces Hyperemesis Gravidarum ( Morning sickness)

A Placebo-Controlled, Randomized, Single-Blind, Crossover Study


A randomized, placebo-controlled crossover study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management concluded that Acupuncture has a “clinically useful effect” in treating Hyperemsis (morning sickness).

In the study, 33 women with an average age of 28.4 years were divided into two groups. (Group A) received active acupuncture, which consisted of deep needle insertion to PC6 acu – point bilaterally on the medial forearm. (Group B) received a form of placebo acupuncture, with the needle being inserted superficially approximately four inches above the wrist on each arm.

The duration of treatment lasted a total of eight days and on days one and two; each group received their acupuncture treatments. After a two-day “wash-out” period, the treatments for each group were switched, with Group A now receiving placebo acupuncture and Group B receiving the real acupuncture.

Acupuncture was delivered three times daily on treatment days, with each treatment lasting 30 minutes. Each day, the women rated their degree of nausea on a visual analogue scale (VAS) of 0-10, 10 being the worst; they also documented any instances of vomiting that occurred during the session.

Although the study showed that vomiting did reduce in both groups, the end results were significantly different between the two groups.  Women given active (real) acupuncture experienced a “significantly faster reduction of nausea” compared to those who received a placebo. In Group A, VAS scores dropped more than three points following active treatment and this was a nearly identical result when Group B switched to active (real) acupuncture. By the third day of the session, less than half of the women in the active group were still vomiting, compared to 75% of those in the placebo group.


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