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Acupressure can reduce pain during the active phase of labour, according to a randomised controlled trial carried out by Swedish researchers in a public hospital in India. Two hundred and twenty-two women were randomised to...

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A Danish team has concluded that acupuncture may not be effective for the induction of labour in post-term women. In a double-blind multicentre randomised controlled study, 125 healthy women with uneventful pregnancies at...

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Current evidence from RCTs does not support the use of acupuncture for controlling labour pain, according to a systematic review from Korean authors. Ten RCTs involving 2038 women were included. Meta-analysis showed that...

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Acupuncture is an effective treatment for depression during pregnancy, according to a new American study. A hundred and fifty pregnant women with a diagnosis of major depression were randomised to receive 12 sessions of...

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A Swiss study of moxibustion for breech version has found no beneficial effect. The RCT, involving 212 women between 34 and 36 weeks gestation, compared two weeks of daily moxibustion at BL-67 with expectant management. The...

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Acupuncture significantly reduces duration of labour and reduces the need for augmentation of labour with contraction-stimulating drugs. A study randomised 100 women with spontaneous rupture of membranes at term to either...

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In a study investigating the efficacy of electro-acupuncture (EA) for relief of labour pain, 36 pregnant women were randomly divided into an EA group and a control group. Two rounds of EA were carried out, one at the beginning of...

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A study has evaluated the effects of acupuncture and moxibustion on the behaviour of breech foetuses. Women were treated by stimulating Zhiyin BL-67 twice a week for 20 minutes. Fourteen cases were treated using both acupuncture...

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A study carried out at The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Vienna has shown that prenatal acupuncture can reduce the duration of the first stage of labour (196 minutes versus 321 minutes in a control...

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In a study carried out in Sweden, the analgesic effect of acupuncture during childbirth was assessed by comparing the need for other pain treatments such as epidural analgesia, nitrous oxide/oxygen etc. in 90 women given...

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