Acupuncture for Pregnancy




​Growing use of Acupuncture for Pain Management

A clinical professor of anesthesiology, Farshad M. Ahadian, states that there is a solid foundation illustrating the value of acupuncture for pain relief for headaches, osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. He stresses the need for acupuncture to become more fully integrated into mainstream healthcare, to help address the needs of an aging population and the growing use of opioids. 

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Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Ten trials representing 1456 participants met the inclusion criteria and were analysed. These studies provide evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain and physical dysfunction associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.'

Link to Research Paper by: Terry Kit Selfe, DC, PhD and Ann Gill Taylor, EdD, RN, FAAN

​​Acupuncture doubles the success of IVF

A study carried out at Homerton University Hospital in London, indicated that acupuncture alongside IVF doubled the conception rate of the participants. The study involved 127 women on their first or second cycle of IVF. The women were split into 2 groups. The first had 4 sessions of acupuncture during the IVF process, whereas the second group did not receive acupuncture. In the acupuncture group, 46.2% conceived, compared with the non acupuncture group where just 21.7% became pregnant. The positive effect of the acupuncture may be due to changes in biomedical factors, including hormones, endorphins and serotonin. Such positive results indicate that acupuncture may be offered as a possible method of improving IVF outcomes.

​Article link: The Telegraph



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Exciting new medical research paves for the way for new approaches to illness

A new concept based on the theory that gut bacteria influences or brain health, is emerging. Conditions such as depression and neurodegenerative disease are being linked to gut microbes. Scientists believe that these microbes have the potential to improve mental health.

Article link: BBC News

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Acupuncture for fertility and pregnancy in Exeter. Acupuncture in Exeter for a wide variety of health problems

Helen Stafford

Exeter Acupuncture Clinic @

Cathedral Chiropractic and Acupuncture Clinic

6 Southernhay West,

​Exeter, EX1 1JG

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​Some of the diseases, symptoms or conditions listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for which acupuncture  has been proved—through controlled trials—  to be an effective treatment:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain 
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Period pain
  • Postoperative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

 Some of the diseases diseases, symptoms or  conditions listed by the WHO for which the  therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been  shown but for which further evidence is  needed:

  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Earache
  • Female infertility
  • Facial spasm
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Herpes zoster
  • Insomnia
  • Labour pain
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
  • Ménière disease
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Postoperative convalescence
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Raynaud syndrome, primary
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Retention of urine, traumatic
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic