By Zita West
ACUPUNCTURE IN being pregnant AND CHILDBIRTH is a concise hugely illustrated and sensible consultant to utilizing acupuncture to regard ladies all through their being pregnant and labour. Drawing on an unheard of wealth of expertise as a midwife and an acupuncturist, the writer has produced a ebook available to either acupuncture scholars and practitioners masking body structure on the topic of being pregnant and childbirth, illuminating hyperlinks among Western wisdom and acupuncture methods and suggesting issues and aspect mixtures for specific phases and activities while pregnant and labour.
- Highly illustrated with precis packing containers and guidelines
- Covers dietary facets of pregnancy
- Gives useful suggestion and guideline at the use of acupuncture during the 4 trimesters of being pregnant and labour
- Uses case examples to extra illustrate the text
- Covers contemporary advances with regards to the results of aspirin and heparin to the immune process and pregnancy
- Includes IVF pregnancies
- Glossary and appendix of invaluable addresses
- Fully up to date and revised all through to incorporate fresh research
- Nutrition and its influence at the foetus (new and constructing quarter of research)
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Sweetness is the Earth Element and the most central aspect of the body. Most carbohydrates are considered sweet. Internal organs affected by taste The other four tastes relate to the body organs as follows: • • • • • sour ﬂavour enters the Liver and Gall Bladder bitter ﬂavour enters the Heart and Small Intestine sweet ﬂavour enters the Spleen and Stomach pungent ﬂavour enters the Lungs and Large Intestine salty ﬂavour enters the Kidneys and Bladder. indd 40 Yin Cooling Salty, bitter or sour Building blood and ﬂuids Descending energy 10/10/2007 4:44:45 PM Nutrition in pregnancy 41 Food for conception and pregnancy Ancient Chinese thinking says that the food that our parents ate prior to our conception and what our mothers ate while they were carrying us affects us throughout our lives.
Supplementation with zinc and B6 will correct any imbalance. • Vitamin C is good for the immune system; it helps wounds to heal and aids the absorption of iron. • Essential fatty acids are vital for the baby’s brain development. Foods to avoid Anyone wishing to maintain good health should steer clear of foods containing too much sugar or saturated fat, additives or preservatives and of drinks containing excess sugar and caffeine. This applies in particular to pregnant women. Generally this means avoiding processed and reﬁned foods and many ready-cooked meals, including things like cakes, biscuits, pies, puddings and crisps and drinks such as cola and squash.
But for some women this results in a lack of continuity of care, because they see a different midwife at every visit. This makes it difﬁcult, if not impossible, to build up any kind of personal relationship and can leave a woman feeling that she has no one to conﬁde in, that she is a ‘case’, not an individual, and that her pregnancy is a medical condition rather than a natural life stage. A more individualised, ‘woman-centred’ care is better for everyone involved. indd 51 10/10/2007 4:46:56 PM 52 Acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth Antenatal terms explained Attitude.
Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Zita West