Acupuncture relieves pain in labour without side effects
A systematic review that critically evaluated the evidence on acupuncture for labour pain management.
Pain intensity on a 100-mm visual analogue scale and uptake of other analgesic methods were used as primary outcomes.
VAS for pain intensity data were available in seven studies, and pooling of this data showed that acupuncture was not superior to minimal acupuncture at 1 hour and at 2 hours.
Compared with no intervention, acupuncture reduced pain by 11% for the first 30 minutes.
No acupuncture-related adverse events were reported.
Cho et al. (2010) Acupuncture for pain relief in labour: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BJOG; 117(8): 907-20.