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Acupuncture: A holistic approach for inducing safe and effective labor

Labor might have to be induced due to the mother’s illness such as diabetes, and heart disease, or complications of pregnancy such as preeclampsia, or premature rupture of the amniotic sac or pregnancy that is postdated. In addition, induction would be pursued due to the infant’s illness or distress including severe intrauterine fetal growth retardation. Medical practitioners try to avoid induction due to its high risk of causing maternal or fetal complications. Maternal risks can run the gamut of placental abruption, uterine rupture and elevated rate of cesarean section. Fetal distress is may additionally be caused.

Over the course of 12 years the rate of induction of labor in the United States rose by more than 11%. The rate among large racial and ethnic groups such as whites and blacks has more than doubled. Some studies have found that the rate of induction with no apparent medical reason has also risen. Most of the time the reason for induction is post due-date pregnancies. The method of choice is usually the drug Pitocin.

Conventional methods of labor induction include the following:

 s Breaking the amniotic sac or colloquially “breaking the water bag”
 s Pitocin – a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin given intravenously to start or improve uterine contractions.
 s Insertion of Foley catheter to mechanically open the cervix – This method is not as common as it used to be.
 s Separation of the amniotic sac from the uterus by the midwife or doctor while doing an internal exam not to break the water but to induce contractions.

Alternative and natural methods of labor induction include:
 s Stimulation of the nipples with the hands, breast pump, or orally.
 s Sexual intercourse though studies have shown it to be a poor inducer.
 s Guided Imagery
 s Herbal remedies such as: Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Caulophyllum, and Evening Primrose Oil.
 s Exercise such as walking
 s Acupressure
 s Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese medical practitioners theorize the reason for the delay of labor is the stagnation of Qi in the uterus. Applying acupuncture needles in the corresponding meridian points will promote a smooth flow of Qi and prepare the body for labor. Acupuncture treatment focuses on progressing labor by promoting effective contractions and accompanied cervical effacement and dilatation.

Only small clinical studies have so far been done in the United States and other Western countries. The results suggest that women receiving acupuncture required the use of regular induction methods a lot less than those who received standard obstetric care.

Dr. Elisha expertly utilizes acupuncture as a safe and effective method for labor induction. Let Dr Elisha alleviate your discomfort, and help you relax and gently guide you towards a healthy labor and delivery.


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