Complementary therapies included in pregnancy guidelines

Complementary therapy has been highlighted as potentially helpful for the management of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum, in guidelines by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

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The guidelines on the management of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum cite a study by FHT expert adviser, Denise Tiran, providing evidence for the efficacy of ginger. It suggests that ‘oral ginger was more effective than placebo in reducing nausea and vomiting.’

In addition, acupressure was also revealed to have potential for alleviating nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. The guidelines cite a systematic review that addressed the efficacy of acustimulations (i.e. acupuncture, acupressure and electrical stimulation), which included 14 studies that demonstrated that acupressure applied by finger pressure or wristband reduced nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

Read the guidelines here

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