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The Influence of Acupuncture on Labor Pain . daneshvarmed. 2007; 15 (71) :25-30
URL: http://daneshvarmed.shahed.ac.ir/article-1-942-en.html

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Introduction: Fear has caused increase in the caesarean rate. Taking into consideration the numerous maternal and fetus complications of pharmacological analgesia method, mothers tend to use non-pharmacological methods. One of these methods to relieve labor pain is acupuncture. Objective: In this study the effect of acupuncture on labor pain was investigated. Materials & Methods: Women were divided into two groups of 30: true and sham acupuncture groups. In group A, 12 acupuncture spots were used in the active phase of labor and in group B, 6 hypothetical spots were used to relieve the labor pain and duration. The intensity of labor pain was assessed before acupuncture, half an hour, one hour, and two hours after acupuncture, also within two hours after delivery through VAS. Results: The results indicated that there is no statistically significant difference between group A and group B regarding the intensity of pain and relaxation before acupuncture, half an hour, one and two hours after acupuncture and two hours after the delivery. There was a significant difference (p<0.05) for the intensity of pain in group A between cases before and after (half an hour, one and 2 hours) acupuncture tests and between cases in one and 2 hours after acupuncture tests. Moreover, same results were obtained for group B. Conclusion: Based on the findings of this study, it can be concluded that acupuncture does not influence, on delivery pain and duration, however it is effective on mother's relaxation, especially an hour after true acupuncture.
Keywords: Acupuncture, Labor pain
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: فیزیولوژی ورزش

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