Labor pain has been treated with Chinese Medicine for over a thousand years and now receives attention by modern researchers.
A recent study was conducted by Smith C, Collins CT, and Crowther C. Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pain Management in Labor: a systematic review appeared in the Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in 2007- ;2(1):25-32.
It concludes that, “Acupuncture may be beneficial for the management of pain during labor.”
The focus of the study was to examine the effects of acupuncture and acupressure on labor pain and its relationship to maternal and perinatal morbidity.
Women receiving acupressure noted less anxiety and labor pain in clinical trials.
Women also showed significant benefits from acupuncture for pain management during labor.
The women studied were in either spontaneous or induced labor of the first or second stage.
Journal: The Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine published these findings in 2007.