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Points - August 2005 - Ask the Doctor

Q: Is it safe to have an acupuncture treatment while I am breastfeeding?

A: There is nothing that contraindicates acupuncture when breastfeeding. At the Tao of Wellness Clinic, we work with women trying to get pregnant, throughout pregnancy, and while breastfeeding. There are certain points that are cautioned or contraindicated during pregnancy, but these are strongly noted and any licensed acupuncturist will be aware of them.

Some acupuncturists may want to prescribe an herbal formula for you in addition to your acupuncture treatment. There are some formulas that would not be appropriate when breastfeeding and you should be sure that your acupuncturist is aware that you are nursing.

Q: Can acupuncture help relieve the pain of a ganglion cyst?

A: The best treatment for this type of cyst is deep massage with the intent of bursting the cyst. It is very intense but keeps the cyst away for extended periods of time, though not permanently. Acupuncture can relieve some of the discomfort if a cyst is causing pain and can even shrink and/or soften the cyst, but it is unlikely to completely dissolve the mass.

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This month’s Ask the Doctor column was written by the practitioners at the Tao of Wellness Clinic in Santa Monica, California.

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