Acupuncture in pregnancy
Acupuncture is a safe and well researched drug-free treatment that can be used during pregnancy. It offers treatments to relieve problems and to assist pregnancy through every step, from trying to conceive, to pain relief in labour and postnatal care. It is particularly useful in late pregnancy to encourage a timely onset of labour and help avoid medical induction. ‘Priming of labour’ sessions are recommended from 36 weeks onwards.
How can acupuncture help in pregnancy and birth?
You can talk to James about using acupuncture for any conditions in pregnancy, birth or beyond, including:
- Birth preparation, including turning breech babies
- Easing rhinitis or hay fever
- Pain Relief e.g. back pain, headaches, sciatica, pubic pain, cramping, carpel tunnel, shoulder pain
- Anxiety, stress, depression
- Nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, haemorrhoids (piles)
- In labour, to boost progress, for pain relief and relaxation
Acupuncturist James Mutkin
James Mutkin holds a Bachelor of Medicine from Beijing University and a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. James is passionate about what he does, his profession and the patients he treats. He strongly believes in practitioner development and is continually furthering himself as a teacher and practitioner by bringing together traditional theory, clinical understanding and current research into his practice.
James sees Chinese medicine as a holistic healthcare model, as it can focus on all aspects of the body – its structure, its internal functioning and its mind-body connections – by using an integrated approach of food medicine (nutrition), acupuncture, herbal medicine, meditation & breathing (Qi gong), exercise (tai chi), and massage (tuina).
James has helped to set up and run maternity and fertility support clinics within the NHS and is involved in a number of private and NHS pain clinics. He works closely with colleagues from a range of disciplines to bring lifestyle medicine, functional medicine and Chinese medicine together. It is within this environment that he aims to provide you with the best care possible.
James is also on the Professional Conduct Committee the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM), the largest professional regulatory body for TCM in the UK, and is a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).