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A Cochrane Database Systematic review has found that using acupuncture for induction of labour does not reduce caesarean section rate, but may increase the readiness of the cervix for labour. The Australian authors reviewed data from 22 trials, reporting on 3456 women. Acupressure did not help in any of the outcomes examined. The authors note that the trials varied significantly in the delivery of acupuncture and acupressure, the comparison groups, and the outcomes looked at, meaning that more well-designed trials are needed.

Acupuncture or acupressure for induction of labour. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Oct 17;10:CD002962.

 

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