Most of the trials examining the effect of acupuncture in pregnancy have focused on its action during and before labour, measuring labour pain and duration, as well initiation of labour when it is overdue.
A couple of trials have looked at how effective Chinese medicine is in turning breech babies, and 2 journals have reported on acupuncture’s use in treating pelvic and back pain.
There is one report here on the effect of acupuncture on pregnancy nausea and vomiting, and two trials examine its effectiveness on depression in pregnancy.
These reports provide positive encouragement for further research in this area, and help to guide our clinical approach.
Please contact us if you would like to see any of our summaries or abstracts of these papers, or any further information on acupuncture and pregnancy.