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Author Qu, F.; Zhou, J.
Title Electro-acupuncture in relieving labor pain Type of Study RCT
Year 2007 Publication Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM Abbreviated Journal Evid Based Complement Alternat Med
Volume 4 Issue 1 Pages 125-130
Keywords Acu Versus No Treatment; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Electroacupuncture; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Labor Pain; No Treatment Control; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; TCM Acupuncture Style; Women's Health; Labor, Obstetric; Analgesia
Abstract To study the efficacy of electro-acupuncture for the relief of labor pain, and to build a better understanding of how electro-acupuncture might influence the neuroendocrine system, 36 primiparas were randomly divided into an electro-acupuncture group and a control group. Assessments of pain intensity and degree of relaxation during labor were analyzed. The differences between the electro-acupuncture group and the control group on the concentration of beta-endorphin (beta-EP) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) in the peripheral blood were compared. The electro-acupuncture group was found to exhibit a lower pain intensity and a better degree of relaxation than the control group (p = 0.018; p = 0.031). There existed a significant difference in the concentration of beta-EP and 5-HT in the peripheral blood between the two groups at the end of the first stage (p = 0.037; p = 0.030). Electro-acupuncture was found to be an effective alternative or complementary therapy in the relief of pain during labor. The benefit of electro-acupuncture for relieving labor pain may be based on the mechanism of producing a synergism of the central nervous system (CNS) with a direct impact on the uterus through increasing the release of beta-EP and 5-HT into the peripheral blood
Address Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine Harbin China
Language Number of Treatments 2
Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency N/A Number of Participants 36
Time in Treatment 1 Day Condition Analgesia, Obstetrical
Disease Category Labor, Obstetric OCSI Score
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 964
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