An amniotomy is the artificial rupturing of the membranes (ARM), the amniotic sac around the foetus, in order to induce labour at a late stage of pregnancy. The procedure is usually performed through the vagina and cervix with a pair of toothed forceps that are used to grasp and tear…

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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of healing used for at least four thousand years. It is a system of healing in which the body’s inherent defence, repair and maintenance systems are stimulated by means of the selective insertion of fine needles through the skin. The points for insertion are…

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Acupuncture – How it works

Acupuncture works in reducing pain by at least two methods:- Firstly it stimulates the release in the brain of chemical substances called endorphins, which are the body’s own pain killers. Secondly, stimulating nerves with acupuncture effectively overloads them so that they are less able to carry pain messages to the…

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