Complementary and alternative approaches to pain relief during labor
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

This review evaluated the effect of complementary and alternative medicine on pain during labor with conventional scientific methods using electronic data bases through 2006 were used. Only randomized controlled trials with outcome measures for labor pain were kept for the conclusions. Many studies did not meet the scientific inclusion criteria. According to the randomized control trials, we conclude that for the decrease of labor pain and/or reduction of the need for conventional analgesic methods: (i) There is an efficacy found for acupressure and sterile water blocks. (ii) Most results favored some efficacy for acupuncture and hydrotherapy. (iii) Studies for other complementary or alternative therapies for labor pain control have not shown their effectiveness.

Author(s): 
Tournaire, Michel
Theau-Yonneau, Anne
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM
Journal Abbreviation: 
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med
Publication Date: 
2007-12
Publication Year: 
2007
Pages: 
409-417
Volume: 
4
Issue: 
4
ISSN: 
1741-427X
DOI: 
10.1093/ecam/nem012
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 18227907 PMCID: PMC2176140

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Michel Tournaire and Anne Theau-Yonneau. 2007-12. "Complementary and alternative approaches to pain relief during labor." Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM 4: 4: 409-417. 10.1093/ecam/nem012.

Wikipedia Citation

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