How to Do Maternity Acupressure

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Acupressure can relieve the pressure and pain you may endure from maternity issues. Have a pain-free pregnancy with help from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, Clinical Herbalist and Acupuncture Physician coming to you today from Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies. Today, we will be discussing how to do maternity acupressure. Now, there are lot of points that are contraindicated while you are pregnant because of their energetic nature. A lot of them will move the chi, help dilate the cervix and actually speed up labor. So, these are points that we employ about two weeks prior to your delivery date in order to open up the cervix so that you have a nice, smooth, clean labor. So, there are a couple common ones that you want to avoid. One of them being Li4 here in the hand, a common point for headaches located at the top. You don't want to do this while you are pregnant because it can move chis through the whole body and actually start contractions prematurely. And another one is gallbladder 21 which is located here at the top of the shoulders. So, if you're getting a massage, you just want to make sure that they tread lightly on this area because any heavy pressure could actually induce contractions due to its downward bearing nature of this point. So, what are some safe points that you can do? A couple of safe points are Ren17 and Du20. Now, Ren17 is great when you're having shortness of breath which is often in the case especially when you get up into the second and third trimester when you're getting bigger and your diaphragm is constricted. So, this point is located in the, in the middle of the sternum between the nipples and the chest. And so, if you search around there with your finger, often you'll find that it's a little tender. This point is great not only when you're having shortness of breath; but, if you're extreme anxiety or stress, especially if you couple this with trying to get some nice deep breaths. So, what you want to do is you just want to use one or two fingers and kind of search around for that tender area and just rock back and forth in a clockwise motion in a, in a, in a circular motion. Now, placing your hand in your belly and taking some nice deep breaths into the belly and exhaling nice and long and slow, longer than the inhale will help you to let go of any stress and tension that you're holding. So, another great commonly used point during pregnancy that I use on almost all of my pregnant patients is Du20. This point is found at the vortex of the head and what I do is I put my fingers on the top of the ear until my thumbs come together at the vortex. And right in the mid-line, I kind of search around in the vicinity of that area until I find a little divot and sometimes this is actually quite tender too. And this point is great because it has a razing action. So, anytime that there is a threaten miscarriage or a feeling of down-bearing sensation in the uterus or the pelvic region or even some spotting when there shouldn't be, this is an excellent point to do on yourself to help raise the uterus up. It also helps with clarity of thought. So, if you're experiencing a, a pregnantly, pregnant memory issue, then, this is a good point that you can often tap on or just massage in a circular motion. So again, it's very important to understand which points are contraindicated while you're pregnant so that you don't accidentally induce labor. So, if you don't already have an acupuncture physician, I suggest that you find one that is skilled in treating pregnant women. If you don't have one, you can look on acufinder.com or aborm.org. I'm Hilary Talbott and that was how to, how to do maternity acupressure points.

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