Treating Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is very common in a pregnant woman it can affect a majority of us despite the name morning sickness woman experience this nausea and vomiting any time of the day or night generally the symptoms can start around six weeks into the pregnancy and subside by twelve weeks It can last up to fourteen weeks in some woman depending on the pregnancy.  

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What is the cause of morning sickness  

There are a number of reasons for morning sickness during pregnancy. Many people think it is the rapidly rising human chronic gonadotropin( HCG) that is the main contributor. The timing of the rise in the HCG and the symptoms of Morning sickness. They associate with each other.Estragon seems to be the other offender.There is no clear research providing this to be true. 

Some woman says that their sense of smell is more sensitive during pregnancy this causes a hyperactive gag reflex. Though we can not explain why this occurs.  

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)  view pregnancy as the time when the essence, Qi and the blood collect in the lower abdomen to create the new life.

This collection together in the uterus cause a blockage in the Chong Mai or Penetrating Vessel. The Chong Mai, known as the sea of blood is a that runs vertically from your head to your genitalia .the obstruction in this leads to the stomach gi, which is what causes nausea and vomiting in morning sickness.   

We will individually diagnose and treat you accordingly. Please remember that Chinese medical diagnosis is significantly different to the treatment from that of western treatment.
We diagnose both subtle and severe organ pathologies, It is important to ensure that your practitioner is licensed, is in the NCCAOM certified practitioners of Chinese medicine. This ensures your practitioners are thoroughly trained and educated in western pathology, diagnosis and treatment. If we are concerned about a western pathology you will be referred for further diagnosis.

A Few Common Acupuncture Points used For Morning Sickness

PC 6: Nei Guan “inner pass”- command point for the heart, chest and epigastrium. Relieves anxiety and digestive symptoms. Many studies have shown the effectiveness of this point in the treatment of nausea and vomiting.
ST 36: Zu San Li “leg three mile”- A major point in the treatment of gastric disorders. Pain, hiccups, nausea, vomiting, constipation, enteritidis, fatigue, low immune function, many GI disorders caused by both deficiency and excess. 
CV 12: Zhong Wan “central stomach”- Front-mu point of the stomach. Commonly used in the treatment of gastric disorders including nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, and distention. 
SP 4: Gong Sun “Yellow Emperor”- the confluent point of the Chong Mai. Used in the treatment of menstrual irregularities and pregnancy discomforts, especially nausea and vomiting, headache, and anxiety. 

A Few Common Chinese Herbs Used In Morning Sickness


Sheng Jiang also commonly known as Ginger this is warm, acrid and releasing. Ginger warms the spleen and stomach and transforms phlegm and effectively relieves nausea and vomiting 


    Shar Ren also commonly known as cardamom this herb is very aromatic.Cardamom transforms dampness, promotes the free flow of Qi, warms the middle. This then improves appetite and relieves nausea and vomiting. 


Hou Xiang also commonly known as Patchouli this herb is very aromatic, Patchouli transforms dampness, harmonizes the middle jiao and alleviates nausea.       

  you will be prescribed a Chinese herbal remedy suited to your individual.Also, we can discuss possible dietary or nutritional supplements based on your constitution.



What Can I Do At Home    

Freshly grate or Press ginger (use a garlic press )or prepare a tube of ginger and store in a small jar for 2 days .each time you need it. Add 1 tsp of ginger to boiling water and drink when need through the day

Many of us woman can successfully reduce their nausea and vomiting by eating small meals regularly. Remember to eat foods rich in nutrients i.e. cooked vegetables and meat bananas and berries also yoghurt (try to eat low sugar)soups and stews .you could even try eating pumpkin, squash, oatmeal and whole grain rather than processed may find it difficult to digest flours and pastries. A lot of women find they need to snack every hour or two.

Try to avoid food that is high in sugar, processed foods, fried foods, caffeine and soda. 

Eat fat, coconut oil, avocado, soups, and stews with slow-cooked meat and vegetables they are very nourishing to our body’s. Animal fats help to absorb the fat of soluble vitamins and are necessary as the building blocks for neurotransmitters and a healthy gut. 


Many of us woman find relief when incorporating B6 with the prenatal vitamin. Talk to your provider about this.

Do some research on your prenatal vitamin.What is Bioavailability? Are there any reviews on this from other moms to be.

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