In new research, acupressure was found to reduce the duration and severity of pain of the active phase of labor, cesarean section rates, and necessity and amount of the labor-assisting hormone oxytocin.

“The reduction of the duration and pain of the active phase of labor is a very important issue and therefore always under serious investigation,” the researchers noted.

In this single-blind trial, 120 laboring women either received acupressure or non-acupressure touch at Sanyinjiao point (SP6, above the ankle).

Six patients (10 percent) in the case group and 25 patients (41.7 percent) in the control group delivered via cesarean section; the severity of pain in the case group was less than the control group; and 25 women (41.7 percent) in the case group and 38 women (63.3 percent) in the control group needed oxytocin

Previous research reported on by MASSAGE Magazine showed that shiastu helped induce labor in post-term pregnancy; and perineal massage reduced third-degree tears and labor time.

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