The effects of acupuncture during labour on iparous women: A randomised controlled trial

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Title

The effects of acupuncture during labour on iparous women: A randomised controlled trial

Author(s)

Date

2007

volume

47(1)

pages

26-30

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Abstract

Background: Acupuncture is as an ancient system of diagnosis and treatment. It is regarded as a complementary tool for pain management. Aims: To assess the effects of acupuncture on iparous women during labour with respect to pain, labour duration and maternal acceptability. Methods: One hundred and forty-four healthy iparous women in active phase were randomised into the study and control group, receiving real and minimal acupuncture, respectively. Visual analogue scale was used to assess pain. Objectives were to evaluate acupuncture effect on pain and labour duration and patients' willingness to receive acupuncture for subsequent pregnancies. Results: Visual analogue scale pain score in the study group was lower after two hours. Active phase duration and the oxytocin units administered were lower in the study group. Study group patients had greater willingness to receive acupuncture again. No adverse effects were detected. Conclusions: Acupuncture could reduce pain experience, active phase duration and oxytocin units. Patients were satisfied and no adverse effects were noted

Frequency of Treatment

N/A

Time in Treatment

1 Day

has health condition studied

Labor, Obstetric

has study population number

150

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