Yourwellness Magazine Looks Into Morning Sickness Treatments

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With the FDA approving a new, and only, drug for treating NVP, Yourwellness Magazine explored the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for morning sickness.

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A new drug is available to help women who suffer severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), or morning sickness, it was announced August 23rd. The most severe form of NVP, hyperemesis gravidarum, often requires hospitalisation, intravenous hydration and sometimes even intravenous nutritional support, and so this year, the FDA approved Diclegis (Duchesnay Inc.) for the treatment of NVP. It is classified as a Pregnancy Category A drug, which means it doesn’t pose any risk to a developing fetus during pregnancy. Diclegis is currently the only medication FDA approved to treat NVP. (http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/a-new-treatment-for-severe-morning-sickness/article/308697/#)

As this remains the one drug available for morning sickness, Yourwellness Magazine explored how acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can control the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. Yourwellness Magazine explained, “The acupuncture point P6, also known as Neiguan, translates as ‘inner pass’. It is the Luo or ‘connecting’ point of the Pericardium channel and the confluent point of the Yin Wei or ‘Yin Linking’ channel. Traditional Chinese Medicinal theory states that this point can be used to calm your heart and spirit, regulate your Qi, and suppress any pain you might be experiencing. Practitioners often recommend the use of P6 if you have cardiac or chest pain, palpitations, stomach aches, nausea, vomiting, hiccups, mental disorders, epilepsy related seizures, fevers or insomnia.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/04/how-to-stop-morning-sickness-with-herbs-and-acupuncture/#sthash.daIpQOA6.dpuf)

According to Yourwellness Magazine, Chinese medicinal herbs such as Gan Cao (otherwise known as ginger) are also beneficial in improving wellbeing, especially with regards to sickness and nausea. Yourwellness Magazine noted that this is big news for expectant mothers, as nausea and vomiting can be every bit as serious as pain, and so the availability of Chinese medicinal herbs or acupuncture can be the difference between a pregnant woman becoming bedridden or hospitalised, and enjoying a healthy pregnancy.

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