Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical techniques and recommended best in the world. This procedure, of Chinese origin, has been used as anesthetic during the past 2,600 years to relieve various aches and being used well in the work of labor to reduce the pain. However, a recent study indicates that acupuncture is not as useful for reducing the pains of childbirth.
Researchers in South Korea and the UK analyzed data from ten trials for 2,038 women and found little evidence that women who underwent acupuncture experienced less pain in labor than those who did not receive any relief , taking a painkiller or practiced acupuncture placebo.
“In this review, acupuncture seemed to have no impact on other outcomes of the mother or the fetus, but was not associated with any adverse effect,” he said Hyangsook Lee, Research Center of Acupuncture and Meridian Science Kyung Hee University in Seoul.
“The current evidence seems insufficient to recommend use of acupuncture for labor pain,” added the doctor.
Apparently, the acupuncture can be a great way to relieve ailments such as backaches, headaches and more nervous, but he cannot prove that also relieves the pain of childbirth, will be satisfied with conventional analgesics.