Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Varicose Veins

Preventing Pain and Discomfort Naturally

By Paul J.O'Brien
B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Adv. Dip. OBB, Cert Clin. Med. M.AFPA, M.ETCMA, M.C.Th.A.

Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Varicose Veins is not a common presentation in many Acupuncture clinics, though it responds excellently to treatment. For the most part varicose veins are seen as a mild irritant rather than a serious medical condition and the chief concern is primarily cosmetic rather than health related.

The term varicose veins is used to describe distended, lengthy and torturous blue veins. When presenting in the legs, varicose veins are often swollen bluish and with a thick worm like appearance. They can become painful and can be quite severe aggravated by long standing.

Varicose veins occur as a result of a weakening and inefficiency of the valve system that moves blood through the body. As a result blood pools in the veins leading to congestion and distention. This is particularly common in pregnancy as there is an increased blood supply with the growing baby and of course additional pressure placed on the pelvic blood vessels. Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Varicose Veins is excellent for relieving such conditions.

On a side note, while varicose veins can be of discomfort the condition can become more serious if clotting occurs in the blood vessel leading to the development of Thromobphlebitis or deep vein thrombosis.

Thromobphlebitis refers to a clot in a superficial vein and is characterized by a large reddening area visible on the leg of calf muscle and will often be tender to the touch. A deep vein thrombosis by contrast, as the name suggest occurs deep in the vein creating a heavy painful feeling in the leg. This is a serious medical condition as the clot may move to the brain, lungs or heart and become lodged creating a life threatening blockage. An ultrasound can confirm the presence of a blood clot and action can be taken, mostly in the form of blood thinners, anti-coagulants etc with treatment lasting several weeks.

Finally although this article is focused on Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Varicose Veins I’d also like to briefly mention hemorrhoids or piles as they are commonly referred to. These are similar in nature to a varicose vein but occur on the anus as a result of constipation or lower abdominal pressure. Mild irritation can lead to small swelling and bright red bleeding during a bowl movement, with more intense presentation causing severe pain and itching.

From a Traditional Chinese Medical point of view each of these symptoms is caused by a weakness of the Spleen to hold Qi (Energy) upwards. This is because the nature of pregnancy disrupts the normal placement on the veins. In addition the heaviness and pain also indicates stagnation of the area. Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Varicose Veins would most likely focus on the sinking Spleen Qi or possible a case of Damp Heat in the Lower Intestine brought about by poor diet.

I have found treatment for these conditions to be extremely effective and most of may patients notice a definite reduction by the next day, though it can take 3-4 treatments to fully resolve the condition.

If you are pregnant and suffering from Varicose Veins or Hemorrhoids, and want to ensure the best possible health for yourself and baby, without medication then perhaps you should consider Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Varicose Veins Treatments.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Varicose Veins Treatment protocols that I provide or wish to start a course of treatment then please feel free to contact me or make an appointment where we can discuss any specific concerns or questions you may have.

Ready to get started? Great. Call my clinic at 087 901 9627 so we can discuss your needs and set up the first appointment.

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