New research indicated acupressure was effective at decreasing pain and duration of labor, the participants were satisfied, and no adverse effects were observed.
The 50 women in the acupressure group received LI4 acupressure at the onset of the active phase for the duration of each uterine contraction over a period of 20 minutes, and the 50 women in the control group received a touch on this point without massage.
There were significant differences between the groups in subjective labor pain scores immediately and 20, 60 and 120 minutes after intervention, according to an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov.
Additionally, active-phase duration (3-4 cm dilatation to full dilatation) and second-stage duration (full dilatation to birth) were shorter in the acupressure group.
The women in the acupressure group reported greater satisfaction, the abstract noted.
“Effects of LI4 Acupressure on Labor Pain in the First Stage of Labor” ran in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.