Eight Extras and the Childbearing Cycle: The Third Trimester

1. What are the concerns surrounding low amniotic fluid (AFI) in late pregnancy? How would you treat a patient in order to stabilize or increase her AFI? Include a point prescription and nutritional/ herbal recommendations.

2. When does labor preparation acupuncture typically begin? Why do we balance the Ren & Du as a means of preparing the body for birth?

3. After which week can Ba Liao points be added to a treatment?

4. What lifestyle changes can a woman make to signal to her body that she is ready to go into labor?

5. How does the inclusion of GB 41 and SJ 5 impact a protocol intended to bring on labor? What other points might you use in the context of such a treatment?