The influence of acupuncture stimulation during pregnancy: The induction and inhibition of labor

Tsuei et al Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 50 (4), 479–488

A study, published in 1977 by Tsuei, Yiu-Fun & Sharma, described electro-acupuncture treatment for 12 women with premature labour. In a previous study related to pain relief for women in active labour, by chance, an acupuncture point on the inside of the foot was found to stop uterine contractions (Tsuei, and Lai, 1974).

This is a special point in TCM, which has an effect on uterine contractions, calming and relaxing the uterus. The twelve women were treated twice daily with electro-acupuncture for three days then discharged and treated twice each week on an outpatient basis. Birth was delayed until full term in eleven of the twelve cases, giving a success rate of 91.6%. The one woman who did not reach full term had preterm rupture of membranes and the treatment had to be abandoned.

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