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Acupuncture for the induction of labour: a double-blind randomised controlled study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20573151     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether acupuncture is effective for the induction of labour in post-term pregnancies.
DESIGN: A double-blind multicentre randomised controlled study.
SETTINGS: Aarhus University Hospital and Herning Regional Hospital, Denmark.
POPULATION: One hundred and twenty-five healthy women with uneventful pregnancies at gestational week 41(+6) were randomised into two groups.
METHODS: The intervention group was given acupuncture twice on the same day at acupuncture point GV20 and bilaterally at points BL67, LI4 and SP6. The control group received sham acupuncture at the same points.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: At effect evaluation, which was carried out 24 hours after randomisation, the primary endpoint was labour or delivery.
RESULTS: The primary endpoint was achieved in seven women (12%) in the acupuncture group and eight women (14%) in the control group (P = 0.79). Stratification for parity and fetal gender did not alter the results.
CONCLUSION: Under the treatment regimen investigated in this study, acupuncture for the induction of labour in post-term women at gestational age 41(+6) weeks may not be effective.
J Modlock; B B Nielsen; N Uldbjerg
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-06-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology     Volume:  117     ISSN:  1471-0528     ISO Abbreviation:  BJOG     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-20     Completed Date:  2010-11-08     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100935741     Medline TA:  BJOG     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1255-61     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Herning Regional Hospital, Herning, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Acupuncture Points
Acupuncture Therapy / methods*
Birth Weight
Body Mass Index
Double-Blind Method
Infant, Newborn
Labor, Induced / methods*
Pregnancy, Prolonged / therapy*

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