Electro-acupuncture as effective as drugs for labour induction

Acupuncture can provide a gentle inducement to labour if your baby is overdue and can be an effective alternative to a medical induction. As I specialise in supporting women through pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery with acupuncture I found this recent article on electro-acupuncture for labour induction in the Journal of Chinese Medicine very interesting.

Electro-acupuncture for labour induction

“A Brazilian group has shown that electro-acupuncture (EA) can be used to promote labour as efficiently as the prostaglandin analogue misoprostol, but with fewer obstetric complications.

Sixty-seven pregnant women in labour were randomised to receive either electro-acupuncture or misoprostol. Women who received EA experienced significantly fewer obstetric complications, along with a significantly higher frequency of vaginal deliveries.

Although they tended to have a longer duration of labour, there was also a tendency to higher patient satisfaction among patients of the EA group.”

Source: “Electroacupuncture for cervical ripening prior to labour induction: a randomised clinical trial” Arch Gynecol Obstet, 2011 Jun; 283(6):1233-8.

If you are pregnant and want to prepare your body for labour or you are looking for an alternative to medical induction to bring on labour- contact Tiziana Bertinotti on 07788 633292 or info@yorktraditionalacupuncture.co.uk.

To learn more about the benefits of acupuncture to support conception and fertility please visit our Acupuncture for Fertility page.

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