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Two Acupuncture Points Reduce Labour Duration

Nowadays, acupuncture is widely used to manage pain, and childbirth is a condition requiring appropriate pain management interventions. In this study, we investigated the effects of acupuncture on labor pain, serum cortisol level, and duration of labor.

We conducted a randomized, single-blind, controlled trial that included 63 nulliparous women: 32 in the study group and 31 in the control group.

Acupuncture was performed at the SP-6 and the LI-4 points in the study group, and sham acupuncture was performed at the same points in the control group.

Our results show that acupuncture is significantly associated with a decreased duration of labour.

References

Asadi, et al. (2015) Effects of LI-4 and SP-6 Acupuncture on Labor Pain, Cortisol Level and Duration of Labor. J Acupunct Meridian Stud; 8(5):249-54. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2015.08.003.

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