By: Keren Zelicha
Treatment during pregnancy evokes numerous feelings for us as acupuncturists. On the one hand, there is a strong feeling of joy and a desire to support and help the patient who is relying on our skills, but on the other hand, this is accompanied by concerns and dilemmas how to choose the best method of treatment and the clinical approach during pregnancy. We’re all familiar with the Latin expression, primum non nocere, “First, do no harm.” Our entire education is based on this principle. Therefore, this dualism has been with us for years, the excitement and joy of providing help alongside the concern. But this feeling can fuel the true need to learn, to delve into the subject and gain experience in the field.
I would like to shed some light for all Chinese medicine practitioners and present a two-part article in which I will deal with the period of pregnancy.
In part one we will start from the physiological process in order to understand the energy dynamics and involvement of the organs throughout all three trimesters of pregnancy. We will continue in part two by looking backwards in time to the period of Zhang Zhong Jing, to the chapter dealing with pregnancy from his book Jin Gui Yao Lue. This chapter will help us analyze a number of central formulas which will clarify us what strategies and clinical approach we should emphasize during our treatment of pregnant women. This will allow us to get a broad picture of the options available when treating pregnant women.