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The safety of electroacupuncture at Hegu (LI 4) plus oxytocin for hastening uterine contraction of puerperants--a randomized controlled clinical observation

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Title

The safety of electroacupuncture at Hegu (LI 4) plus oxytocin for hastening uterine contraction of puerperants--a randomized controlled clinical observation

Journal Publication

Journal of traditional Chinese medicine = Chung i tsa chih ying wen pan / sponsored by All-China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Date

2008

volume

28(3)

pages

163-167

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Acu + Usual Care Versus Usual Care
Electroacupuncture
Fixed Acupuncture Protocol
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical
TCM Acupuncture Style
Uterine Contraction

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the safety of electroacupuncture plus oxytocin for uterine contraction of puerperants. METHODS: 276 puerperants with difficult labor were randomly divided into a medication group, treated with intravenous dripping of oxytocin, and an acupuncture plus medication group, in the medication group, intravenous dripping of oxytocin was given, and in the other group, acupuncture at bilateral Hegu (LI 4) was added. Heart rate, respiratory frequency, blood pressure of puerperants, fetal heart rate and birth process were observed. RESULTS: During laboring, the indices observed, including heart rate, respiratory frequency, blood pressure, fetal heart rate and birth process, were all in normal range in all of the 276 cases, with better effects in acupuncture plus medication Group M. CONCLUSIONS: Electroacupuncture at bilateral Hegu (LI 4) plus intravenous dripping of oxytocin can intensify the uterine contraction, shorten the birth process to avoid probable systemic exhaustion due to excessive consumption, and with no side effects on life signs of the puerperants and newborns

Frequency of Treatment

N/A

Time in Treatment

1 Day

has health condition studied

Labor, Obstetric

has study population number

276

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