Accupuncture in Labor

Assumption: Accupuncture and accupressure can help relieve pain during labor.

TRUE
In a study involving 1,986 women accupuncture and accupressure did relieve pain.  Pain was “less intense” and fewer pain relieving drugs were requested than with the placebo groups.

http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab009232.html

My Views:
Although I have not known anyone personally who has used accupuncture in labor, I do know many who have used accupressure points and found them very helpful.  I believe that accupuncture and accupressure are valid ways of dimming pain.  However, even if you do not believe in the practices themselves, accupuncture and accupressure are relaxing and relaxation has been proven to relieve much of the pain associated with labor.

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