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Acupressure And Acupuncture During Birth: An Integrative Guide For Acupuncturists And Birth Professionals

02 May 2020
Volume 28 · Issue 5

This book makes absolute sense. For anybody not already sold on the benefits of Eastern Asian medicine, the book has no problem in promoting its virtues. ‘Acupressure and Acupuncture During Birth – An Integrative Guide for Acupuncturists and Birth Professionals’ by Claudia Citkovitz is beautifully presented, simply laid out and packed with useful information which is easy to follow. It is interwoven with case studies to consolidate learning and contextualise the detail, and includes very clear diagrams and illustrations to guide the practitioner.

The foreword states that the author ‘takes Eastern Asian medicine during childbirth to a deeper level, providing an integrative guide for health professionals, acupuncturists and supports people in assisting women during their labour’- and this is true. Although heavily focused on the birth process, as the book title suggests, it covers more than this to include pregnancy, moxibustion and the postpartum period, including making regular links to reproductive health, gastrointestinal symptoms, bony problems, stress and emotional outbursts to name but a few. It constantly reminds the reader of the true holistic focus of Eastern Asian medicine and its role in everyday life.

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