pregnancy

Pregnancy acupuncture is a gentle and safe form of treatment. I have undertaken specialist postgraduate training so am qualified to treat women throughout their pregnancy, from the first few weeks, easing the many symptoms that can arise in pregnancy, to helping to prepare for labour, and postpartum care.

Acupuncture can be used to support many pregnancy related symptoms such as:

Nausea
Lack of energy
Heartburn
Constipation
Anxiety
Sinusitis
Breech babies
Restless legs
Aches and pains
Varicose and vulvar veins
Haemorrhoids

Labour preparation

A course of weekly pre birth sessions can be given from 36 weeks to help prepare the body and mind for labour. Points are selected to help assist the ripening of the cervix and uterus, ease anxiety or frustration and help enhance the prospects of an efficient labour.

Breech babies

When a baby is lying in a breech presentation, we can burn a herb called moxa (mugwort) near a point on the little toe, to help encourage the baby to move into the correct position. Ideally treatment starts from 34 weeks, but can also be started later in the pregnancy. During the acupuncture session, I show the client how to use the moxa and treatment can continue at home for 20 minutes every day for 10 days.

It is a very safe and effective treatment, however there are a few contra indications including:

A previous C section within the last 2 years

Uterine abnormalities such as fibroids

Multiple pregnancy

Low lying placenta

Hypertension

Please contact me to discuss if you are concerned. Acupuncture can be used as an alternative and is a very effective support to the moxa.

Post natal treatment

This is an important time for women to adjust to becoming a mother and allowing the body to slowly recover. Receiving acupuncture at this time can be very restorative and help to normalise the systems and minimise after pains.

‘Mother warming’ with moxa and acupuncture around day four to five post birth is great to help energise and aid recovery. Sessions can also treat many of the physical symptoms that can arise such as night sweats, exhaustion, pain, insufficient lactation, and mastitis.

Emotional support is also key at this time where feelings of anxiety, fear, failure if the birth didn’t go as planned, and feelings of being overwhelmed are very common.

About Victoria

Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, I originally trained in musical theatre and performing arts, deciding in the late nineties to move in a new direction after experiencing first hand the benefits of complementary therapies. With this desire to be involved in a more holistic and people centred environment, I initially retrained in reflexology followed by massage, reiki and pilates instruction.

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Acupuncture upon thames

Victoria Busk
BSc Hons, Lic Ac, MBAcC

T: 07957 985 622
E: acupuncture.vb@gmail.com
I: @victoriabusk_acupuncture

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Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for thousands of years, such as looking at the patients tongue and taking the pulse. The focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other.

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I have a special interest in the treatment of infertility and work with couples, single parents, same sex couples, donar eggs, donor sperm and surrogacy. Acupuncture can be very supportive at all stages of conception, from enhancing natural fertility, to being used along side assisted conception. My aim is to help bring you into a better state of health for conception, pregnancy and parenthood.

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Pregnancy acupuncture is a gentle and safe form of treatment. I have undertaken specialist postgraduate training so am qualified to treat women throughout their pregnancy, from the first few weeks, easing the many symptoms that can arise in pregnancy, to helping to prepare for labour, and postpartum care. 

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