Acupuncture to initiate labor (Acumoms 2): A randomized, sham-controlled clinical trial​

Asher GN et al.

 

Abstract

Objective

To evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for labor stimulation.

 

Methods

Nulliparous women at 38 weeks or greater were randomized to traditional Chinese medicine TCM acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or usual care only groups. Acupuncture points LI4, SP6, BL32, and BL54 were needled bilaterally. The primary outcome was time from enrollment to delivery. Secondary outcomes included rates of spontaneous labor and cesarean delivery. Medical records were abstracted for maternal demographic, medical, and delivery outcome data. ANOVA, Student's t-test, Chi-square, and Kaplan-Meier statistics were used to compare groups.

 

Results

Eighty-nine women were enrolled and randomized. Maternal age, gestational age, prior acupuncture experience, tobacco, alcohol and drug use, gravida, and history of gynecological surgery were similar among the groups. There were no statistically significant differences among groups for time from enrollment to delivery p 0.20, rates of spontaneous labor p 0.66, or rates of cesarean delivery p 0.37. Rates of maternal and neonatal outcomes were not significantly different.

 

Conclusion

TCM acupuncture was not effective in initiating spontaneous labor or reducing the rate of cesarean delivery compared with sham acupuncture or usual medical care.

fonte: Journal of maternal fetal and neonatal medicine 2009.

 

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