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Birth and alternative pain therapies

by Josephine Andrews
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Acupuncture, homeopathy, essential oils, Bach flowers: There are various alternative methods to relieve the pain of childbirth. They are usually used in preparation for childbirth. Read more about alternative pain therapies during childbirth here!


With the help of acupuncture, it is not possible to achieve complete freedom from pain during childbirth . Putting the needles can break the cycle of fear, tension, and pain.

There are numerous points on the body that are suitable for acupuncture in obstetrics. One of them is the point of intersection that occurs when you connect your ears with an imaginary line over your head. Where this line crosses the apex is a relaxation point. Another point (“Colon 4”), for example, is in the dimple between the thumb and forefinger on the back of the hand. An experienced therapist will select the most suitable acupuncture points in each individual case.

Some women are afraid of needles. If you still want to use the help of acupuncture during childbirth, it is best to gain experience with “needling” beforehand in order to slowly build up your fear (e.g. in preparation courses for childbirth or with the help of your own midwife).

Acupuncture should always be performed by an experienced practitioner and using sterile, disposable needles. When used to prepare for childbirth, it can achieve very good results. It is also often used in the following cases:


This alternative healing method goes back to the doctor and pharmacist Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). The term homeopathy means “suffering similarly” (Greek: homoios = similar and pathos = suffering). The starting point of this healing process are substances that can cause similar phenomena in the human body as the disease against which they are used. They are administered in very strong dilution (“potentiation”), usually in the form of sugar granules (globules).

Homeopathic globules can be given both to prepare for childbirth and during childbirth. Which globules are used depends on the condition of the woman. Some homeopathically trained doctors also treat pregnancy disorders with homeopathic remedies.

Many people report positive experiences with homeopathy. However, the concept and effectiveness of this alternative healing method are controversial in science and not clearly proven by studies. However, the globules have no side effects.

The concept of homeopathy and its specific effectiveness are controversial and not clearly proven by studies.


Aromatherapy can also be helpful for labor pains . Various essential oils have a relaxing, calming, antispasmodic or contraction-inducing effect. There are two modes of action: On the one hand, the oils are absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes and reach the tissues and organs through the blood. On the other hand, the scents are perceived through the nose and thus affect the soul, because smells and feelings are processed in the same brain area. Essential oils can be used, for example, in aroma lamps, as bath additives and for massages. Trained midwives help with the selection of fragrances for birth support.

Bach flower therapy

Bach flower therapy is named after its discoverer, the doctor Dr. Named Edward Bach (1888-1936). The method works similar to homeopathy. Highly diluted extracts from plants are taken.

The theory states that an illness is the sign of disharmony between the inner essence of a person and their daily behavior at the personality level. Therefore, only the mental symptoms are considered in the Bach flower therapy. The disharmony and the resulting blockages are to be resolved with the support of Bach flower essences. According to the theory, the energy that is released is supposed to correct the imbalance that has arisen.

Bach flower therapy is sometimes also used during pregnancy. The therapist decides which remedies are suitable in each individual case after a conversation with the expectant mother, in which he assesses her mental state. Such conversations require patience and experience. It’s about recognizing how the woman feels and which negative emotional states predominate. The physical symptoms are irrelevant. Based on the result, a suitable flower combination – usually from four to five different flower essences – is prepared, which the expectant mother takes. But there are also Bach flowers for poultices, embrocations and baths.

Pregnant women should start Bach flower therapy while preparing for childbirth, because the effect should only take effect after a few days. Like homeopathy, Bach flower therapy has not been scientifically proven. However, it has no side effects, even if you were wrong in your choice of plants. In addition, Bach flower drops are considered harmless – they are very highly diluted. In addition, no poisonous plants are used for their production.

The concept of Bach flower therapy and its specific effectiveness have not been clearly proven by studies.

Alternative medical methods can at best complement conventional medical treatment, but cannot replace it. Talk to your doctor about how you can best support the therapy yourself.

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