ACUPUNCTURE AND PREGNANCY; The effects of acupuncture during labour on nulliparous women: a randomised controlled trial.

Hantoushzadeh S et al, Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2007 Feb;47(1):26-30.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

 

A reduction in pain and in labour duration was observed in women receiving acupuncture in this trial which involved 144 women giving birth for the first time.

 

 

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Effect of Acupressure at Hugo Point (LI4) On the Process and Outcomes of Labor in Nulliparous Women

Aghdam S, Daryabakhsh A, IJOG, 2012;15(27):14-20

Iranian Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility.

 

Using simple acupressure on an acupuncture point in the hand was shown to help women in labour in this trial in Iran. The women who received acupressure to point Hegu, or LI 4, found they had shorter labours and experienced less pain at the end of first stage and beginning of second stage, than did the women who had pressure applied to other areas of the hand. Read more

Acupuncture for Depression During Pregnancy: A Randomized Controlled Trial

 

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Analyzing the Study of Using Acupuncture in Delivery in the Past Ten Years in China

 

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Moxibustion for breech presentation: significant new evidence

 

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Using moxibustion in primary healthcare to correct non-vertex presentation: a multicentre randomised controlled trial

 

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Electroacupuncture for cervical ripening prior to labor induction: a randomized clinical trial

 

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Cost-effectiveness of breech version by acupuncture-type interventions on BL 67, including moxibustion, for women with a breech foetus at 33 weeks gestation: a modelling approach

 

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Electro-Acupuncture in Relieving Labor Pain

eCam-An-Open-Access-JournalFan Qu and Jue Zhou, eCAM 2007;4(1)125–130

Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

A group of women (36) about to give birth to their first child were divided into an electro-acupuncture group or a control group and the intensity of the pain. The acupuncture group were seen to be more relaxed and had less pain.

 

 

 

 

 

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Acupuncture administered after spontaneous rupture of membranes at term significantly reduces the length of birth and use of oxytocin. A randomized controlled trial.

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Gaudernack LC1Forbord SHole E. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2006;85(11):1348-53.

Acta Obstetrica et Gynecologica Scandinavica

100 women with spontaneous rupture of membranes were ramdomly assigned to have acupuncture or not. The authors found that acupuncture was an effective method of augmenting labour in this situation, and appeared to help the progression of labour.

 

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Acupuncture for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy: a systematic review.

 

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Acupuncture For Prebirth Treatment:
An Observational Study Of Its Use In Midwifery Practice

 

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