Acupuncture 'doesn't relieve agony of childbirth'

Women giving birth cannot rely on acupuncture to relieve the agony, claim researchers.

They found no evidence that needle therapy reduces labour pains despite its growing popularity in pregnancy and during delivery. A new review of 10 trials says there is 'no convincing evidence' to support the use of acupuncture in childbirth and those who support it could be influenced by the 'mysticism of the East'. The best that can be said is that it 'does no harm', according to the review published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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