Morning sickness is a condition that occurs naturally during pregnancy. Studies show that between 50-80% of all women experience some nausea or vomiting while pregnant, which usually subsides with time.However, between 1-2% suffer a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarium, an instance of morning sickness so severe and long-lasting that it can cause weight loss, dehydration, and even hospitalization.
Several studies have documented the use of acupuncture to combat nausea and vomiting, with PC6, an acupoint located above the wrist on each arm, among the points most commonly tested. A randomized, placebo-controlled crossover study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management has found that stimulating PC6 appears to ease the symptoms of morning sickness, and that acupuncture has a "clinically useful effect" in treating hyperemesis.
Acupuncture is often very effective in reducing both the severity and incidence of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Whether it be morning sickness associated with the first trimester or nausea that continues throughout the pregnancy, acupuncture is a safe and effective solution.