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Forbidden acupuncture points in pregnancy: historical wisdom?
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PMID:  21444295     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Within the acupuncture literature there is debate on the safety of using specific acupuncture points during pregnancy. Termed 'forbidden' or contraindicated, they refer to acupuncture points that can be used to induce labour but may also include points with no known inducing or labour-enhancing effects. Recommendations range from avoiding these acupuncture points at any time in pregnancy to statements that despite the warnings in the literature, these points are not contraindicated during a normal pregnancy. This discussion paper examines the historical use of contraindicated points, the physiology of the pregnant body and the effect of these points during research trials. It is hoped that this will encourage further discussion and provide a background for practitioners to make informed choices about how they use these points in clinical practice.
Debra Betts; Sarah Budd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acupuncture in medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1759-9873     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9304117     Medline TA:  Acupunct Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia.
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