Acupuncture for Morning Sickness - Treatment Protocols

Acu Protocols

Below you will find some of the more common tcm diagnoses and acupuncture treatment protocols for morning sickness. There are many ways to treat this condition with Eastern Medicine and our presentation is only one of many possible options.

  • Etiology:
    • With the cessation of menstruation the Qi in the Chong Mai rebels and sends this energy to the ST resulting in rebellious Qi (nausea, vomiting, etc.).
    • The rebellious Qi may combine with a pre-existing condition of phlegm-damp in the middle warmer leading to more substantive vomiting and stronger effects on the upper warmer (SOB, palpitations, etc.).
  • Differentiation:
  • ST Qi Deficiency
    • Signs & Symptoms:
      • Epigastric distention a/or bloating, nausea, vomiting possibly of clear fluid, fatigue
      • Tongue: Pale w/white coat
      • Pulse: Slippery, weak
    • Treatment Points:
  • Phlegm/Damp Accumulation
    • Signs & Symptoms:
      • Vomiting of sputum a/or sticky mucus, chest oppression, palpitation, SOB, poor appetite, lack of taste
      • Tongue: White greasy coat
      • Pulse: Slippery
    • Treatment Points:

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were consulted within this section:

  • St. John, Meredith: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes
  • Valaskatgis, Peter: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes

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