Obstetrical Acupuncture Research

Research Articles for Acupuncture and Acupressure in Pregnancy, Labour and Delivery

The following research articles will have two links.

The first link will lead you to the actual study.
The second link will lead you to a summary of the study and its findings (when available).

The OBAA Research contributors include:

Dr. Kate Levett (PhD, MPH, BEd (Hons I), Adv.Dip.App.Sci (Acup) )
Research Fellow, School of Medicine Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia,Adjunct Research Fellow, NICM – The science of integrative medicine, Western Sydney University

Debra Betts

Sarah Budd

Acupuncture Research

  •      Effects of acupuncture and stabilizing exercises as adjunct to standard treatment in pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain: randomized single blind controlled trial

o   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC555879/

o   https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/research/pelvic-pain – Debra Betts

 

  •      Acupuncture for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy: a systematic review

o   Ee. 2008. Acupuncture for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy. A systematic review

o   Ee. 2008. Commentary – Dr. Kate Levett PhD

 

  •   Does acupuncture have a role in the treatment of threatened miscarriage? Findings from a feasibility randomized trial and semi-structured participant interview

ohttps://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-016-1092-8

 

  •      Acupuncture to Treat Nausea and Vomiting in Early Pregnancy: A randomized controlled trial

o   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11843784

o   https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/research/morning-sickness/ – Debra Betts

 

  •      Pregnancy outcome following women’s participation in a randomized controlled trial of acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy

o   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12481955

 

  •      Meta-analysis of acu-stimulation effects on nausea and vomiting in pregnant women

o   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16979105

 

  •      Interventions on BL 67 for women with a breech fetus at 33 weeks gestation

o   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20430289

o   https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/research/moxabustion-breech/ – Debra Betts

 

  •      Moxibustion usage for Breech Presentation

o   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9820259

o   https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/research/moxabustion-breech/ – Debra Betts

 

  •      Depression in Pregnancy

o   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20177281

o   https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/research/depression-pregnancy/ – Debra Betts

 

  •      Influence of Acupuncture on the Duration of Labour

o   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9692336

o   https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/research/prebirth/ – Debra Betts

 

  •      Acupuncture and acupressure for pain management in labour and birth: A critical narrative review of current systematic review evidence

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24906592

Levett 2014. Commentary – Dr. Kate Levett PhD

 

  •      Acupuncture for cervical ripening and induction of labor at term–a randomized controlled trial

o   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11802511

o  https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/research/cervical-ripening/ – Debra Betts

  •     Cochrane Review: Acupuncture or acupressure for induction of labour

o   http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD002962.pub4/abstract

Smith. 2017. Commentary – Dr. Kate Levett PhD

 

Acupressure Research

  •      Impact of Acupressure on Onset of Labour and Labour Duration.

o   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25911499

o   https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/research/reducing-labour-pain/ – Debra Betts

 

  •      Acupressure to Reduce Labour Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial

o   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20822474

o   https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/research/reducing-labour-pain/ – Debra Betts

 

  •      A Cochrane review of 13 trials involving 1986 women, reported that acupuncture or acupressure may help relieve labour pain.

o   http://www.cochrane.org/CD009232/PREG_acupunture-or-acupressure-for-relieving-pain-in-labour