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Are there any problems using EFT for pregnancy?

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Are there any problems using EFT for pregnancy?

I received some inquiries and thoughts from our list members about certain tapping points being no-no's (contraindicated) for pregnant women. I was referred to various books and told stories about things that were heard, etc. While there may be something to this, I know of no proven example where someone has done any of the energy techniques and linked a miscarriage or any other pregnancy problem with tapping on some specific point. A possible exception might be Mary Lawton's article indicated below.

That doesn't mean problems don't exist, however. They may be very real and we should certainly pay attention to information along these lines.

I spoke with Tapas Fleming, one of the premiere presenters in this field and a licensed acupuncturist, about this and learned that the "inner ankle point" might be contraindicated for pregnancy. The inner ankle point was introduced on our advanced tapes, along with other alternative points, by acupuncturist Michael Gandy. It can be addressed by slapping with the hand across the inside of the leg about four finger widths up from the ankle bone.

For your information, here's what Tapas said....

"According to traditional Chinese medicine, the inner ankle point is contraindicated for pregnancy. The rest of the points used by the EFT or TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) procedures present no danger for use during pregnancy. Even regarding the ankle point, there is a difference of opinion among practitioners of traditional oriental medicine as to whether or not it is truly harmful. But to be conservative, you might want to eliminate it when treating pregnant women."

If you have questions along these lines, Tapas Fleming will be happy to speak with you directly. Information regarding Tapas and her procedures (known as TAT) are displayed on our website. You can go to this info directly by clicking on.... Tapas Fleming.


Here are some inputs from experienced practitioners on this question.

FROM JIM STRICKLER

Dear Gary,

As another Acupuncturist, I thought I'd add my "2 cents" on this question.

The caution about SP-6 ("inner ankle") really applies to needling this point. Pressing or lightly slapping it shouldn't be a problem. It is "prohibited" to needle, but OK to moxa (burn mugwort) on this point during pregnancy.

Hope this is helpful.

Best,

Jim Strickler


FROM ANGELICA CHAVEZ

Dear Gary:

I am working with EFT with great results. Today I read about contraindications on the use of the "inner ankle point". Let me tell you that I use it among other points, very often during labor on natural childbirth. My patients feel calm and comfortable and labor progresses easily. It acts directly over uterus contractions, but just during labor.

Angelica Chavez


CLICK HERE FOR AN ARTICLE BY MARY LAWTON COVERING MANY ASPECTS OF USING EFT FOR PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH. SHE CAUTIONS AGAINST THE USE OF THE ANKLE POINT.

 

 

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