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Pregnancy depression and acupuncture

Pregnancy depression and acupuncture



The emotional effects of pregnancy on the woman are well known. Pregnancy is a stress factor for both couples because their roles change at least for the moment and the focus is on the pregnancy and the future child. These changes produce stress that adds to the normal hormonal changes of the woman, changes that make her more unpredictable, more emotional, etc.
Apart from these more or less normal fluctuations, depression may occur
Depression in pregnancy is especially related to the birth, because the mother can remain attached to the posture of pregnancy, and birth means losing this privilege. The positive change represented by the new mother role is now moving to another level, which can be perceived negatively by the mother.

This, on the emotionally sensitive and hormonal background, can cause depression.
Often, however, depression itself comes after birth, when other hormonal changes occur and another stage begins, when both physically and emotionally the mother's role changes.
Changes during pregnancy, which in the west are perceived as normal, simply to be accepted as the "natural course of things", in Eastern medicine are perceived as manifestations of pre-existing pathologies that have been brought to the surface of pregnancy, or some pathologies caused by poor adaptability of the body to changes related to pregnancy.
In both cases, the vast majority of pregnancy discomfort can be successfully treated. In mild cases these are mere passing discomforts, in other cases but serious problems that once appeared forget to leave when the child was born. From the point of view of Oriental medicine, a large part of the problems arising after birth is due to the lack of "blood".
I use here a concept that largely overlaps with the western notion of blood, but which also has other functions in acupuncture. This lack of blood can be manifested not only by depression, but also by a multitude of other symptoms: numbness in the limbs, altered sleep (agitated, superficial, inability to sleep easily, insomnia), dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) , palpitations, blurred vision, etc.
Acupuncture encourages the body to heal itself and in this case to replace the lost "blood". As a result, all of these symptoms can be cured relatively easily and without side effects, because there is a diagnostic and treatment algorithm in which these symptoms can be understood and treated successfully. In Western medicine there is no clear and satisfactory explanation that will allow us to treat these conditions more than symptomatic in some cases, and in others there is no treatment.

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