Pain Management during Labor
Acupuncture during labor helps with relaxation, stimulates the mother's body to release prostaglandins and oxytocin to increase uterine contractions, helps the cervix to dialate, and relieves labor pain.
According to the American Journal for Obstetrics and Gynecology, several clinical trials show that acupuncture significantly reduces pain associated with childbirth. In the 496 women who received acupuncture during labor, there was a 30% decrease in the need for pain-relieving interventions, including epidurals, than in women not receiving acupuncture. Among the women who received acupuncture, 86% said that they would use acupuncture for labor pain management again.