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Pregnancy and Traditional Chinese Medicine

By Kimberly Guorong Du

Today traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is widely practiced and readily available to everyone - including pregnant women. When you're pregnant, many of the medications you're used to taking in your day-to-day life aren't always safe when you've got a baby in your belly.

Chinese medicine, like acupuncture and moxibustion, are generally considered safe when you've got a baby on board. Chinese medical techniques tend to treat you as a whole person, taking your nutritional, emotional, spiritual, and physical health and well being into consideration. TCM also emphasizes the body's ability to heal itself - with a little help from herbs, acupuncture, moxibustion, acupressure, cupping, and other natural therapies.

Here's a look at some of the most commonly treated problems:

Despite the fact that TCM practices are now widely used in pregnancy, labor, and delivery, there are a few caveats to keep in mind before hopping on the TCM bandwagon. In general, TCM therapies are safe, but not tested or FDA-approved like conventional therapies are. Therefore, their safety hasn't been clinically established. Which means that before taking any herbs and before submitting to the therapies, you'll need to make sure they've been specifically prescribed by the practitioner who is knowledgeable in TCM techniques (and knows you're pregnant) and who has a great amount of experience working with pregnant women.