Acupuncture & acupressure can both reduce pain in labour
Many women would like to avoid pharmacological or invasive methods of pain management in labour and this may contribute towards the popularity of complementary methods of pain management.
We included 13 trials with data reporting on 1986 women. Nine trials reported on acupuncture and four trials reported on acupressure.
Smith, et al. (2011). Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management in labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 7.