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A trial carried out in Sweden has found that women who received manual acupuncture (MA) or electro-acupuncture (EA) during labour used less epidural analgesia than women who received standard care. The longitudinal randomised...

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A Cochrane Database systematic review has concluded that current evidence supports acupuncture as a treatment for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy.

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A US team reports that practising a combination of tai chi and yoga can reduce prenatal depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances in pregnant women.

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An RCT carried out in Iran has found acupressure at Hegu L.I.-4 to be effective at decreasing the pain and duration of labour.

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Eighty-four women suffering from prenatal depression were randomly assigned to yoga, massage therapy or standard prenatal care control groups.

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A Brazilian group has shown that electro-acupuncture (EA) can be used to promote labour as efficiently as the prostaglandin analogue misoprostol, but with fewer obstetric complications.

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Moxibustion at Sanyinjiao SP-6 may be able to markedly shorten the active phase of the first stage of labour and decrease pain due to uterine contractions, according to Taiwanese researchers.

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Italian clinicians have successfully used acupuncture to relieve perineal pain after episiotomy

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A Chinese study has concluded that electroacupuncture (EA) at Sanyinjiao SP-6 is an effective way of decreasing labour pain

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Italian clinicians have successfully used acupuncture to relieve perineal pain after episiotomy.

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