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Auricular acupuncture may be a useful adjunct for pain management during first trimester abortion, report a group of American clinicians. A randomised, double-blinded trial enrolled 153 women undergoing uterine aspiration for spontaneous or induced abortion in the first trimester. Study participants were randomised to receive auricular acupuncture, placebo or usual care alone. Participants in all groups received ibuprofen and paracervical block (usual care). Acupuncture consisted of needling bilateral Cingulate Gyrus, Thalamus, Point Zero and Shenmen, along with Cervix (left ear only), and Uterus (right ear only). The placebo procedure consisted of three to four 12-mm adhesive plasters placed onto each ear. After uterine aspiration, the pain and anxiety scores in the auricular acupuncture group was significantly lower than in the placebo and usual-care groups.

Auricular acupuncture as an adjunct for pain management during first trimester abortion: a randomized, double-blinded, three arm trial. Contraception. 2018 Dec 7. pii: S0010-7824(18)30516-X.



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