Acupuncture useless for reducing pain in childbirth

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Acupuncture useless for reducing pain in childbirth

Post  emma on Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:54 pm

According to new research from British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.but,a review by the team of three trials in 2004 suggested acupuncture was a promising painkilling option for women in labour.

The researchers - from the Peninsula Medical School at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth and Kyung Hee University in Seoul - found that acupuncture reduced pain by only 11 per cent for the first 30 minutes.
The study did find that women who had acupuncture needed fewer pain relieving drugs.
However the researchers suggested this was probably because they believed the treatment was having an effect - rather than because it actually was

So,The current evidence does not appear to recommend the use of acupuncture for labour pain.

Mike O’Farrell, chief executive of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) said 'We’re surprised by these findings as previous trials, along with the evidence that our members see in their practices every day, suggest that acupuncture can be effective in providing pain relief in many different circumstances.'

Another research:Researchers found that acupuncture is widely used for many indications in Swedish maternity units despite weak or no evidence to support effectiveness in midwifery care. Requirements for acupuncture education did not seem to be in accordance with what might be expected for this type of qualified intervention.

So,The use of acupuncture in midwifery care should not persist until systematic evaluation,researcher says.

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