Friday, October 5, 2007

Acupressure for Labor

Acupressure is a holistic system that builds on what the body is already doing right. In this way, the use of acupressure can be remarkably beneficial during labor. Acupressure can be very helpful in descending your baby, dilating your cervix, and making the contractions more frequent and successful. Acupressure shortens the delivery time by helping your body to use its remarkable underlying capabilities better, thus reducing the risk that your baby gets distressed or suffers, in any other way, from a prolonged labor.

Additionally, acupressure can be used to induce labor of a full-time pregnancy. Encouraging your labor to start is a very tempting option when you have reached your 42nd pregnancy week. Studies show that acupressure and the Japanese technique of “shiatsu” induce labor quite effectively. Actually, acupressure is one of the natural labor inducing remedies that has scientifically been shown to work effectively. This is why acupressure is a favorite technique among pregnant women to induce labor.

Acupressure is easy to master without previous experience. Most importantly, it has no side effects. Thus, acupressure is strongly recommendable than medical induction, or the many other “at-home” remedies, which could be dominated with side effects.

Because of the potential for inducing labor, it is important that you know a thing or two about what you are doing. Do not attempt certain acupressure techniques until after your due date, so as not to trigger labor prematurely.

Acupressure, however, can be used safely before and throughout labor to relieve many discomforts and painful conditions. It is a great technique for fathers-to-be to learn because it is a proactive way to get involved in the labor, to give special relief for loved ones.

Most women need some form of pain alleviation during labor. Many mothers, however, do not want medication during labor for a variety of reasons, and acupressure provides a viable option to pain-relieving drugs. Acupressure can significantly ease the stress and reduce pain of childbirth without causing any side effects of drugs. In many cases, acupressure can at least reduce, if not compensate, the amount of anesthesia used in an epidural procedure in which medication is administered into the spine. In addition to relieving pain, acupressure has been shown to shorten labor and combat exhaustion by increasing your energy.

Acupressure would not reduce your contractions or cause them to stop, unlike what epidural and other labor pain medications tend to do. Below, you will discover one of the most effective acupressure points to use for labor pain relief.

Three Yin Intersection (SP6): This point is four finger-widths above the ankle next to the bone on the inside of the leg. Look for a tender spot. This point is helpful in lessening labor pains, but it can also stimulate contractions and ripen cervix. So, do not try this point until you are far enough in your pregnancy to safely induce labor.

Giving birth is one of the most miraculous things you will ever experience. Acupressure is, by far, the best and safest way to lessen your labor pain and stress without having to resort to chemicals.
Are you overdue and tired? You can encourage your labor to start naturally at home and avoid medical induction. Labor acupressure is a simple method that has proven to be effective and safe for the mother and the baby. The most effective acupressure points that naturally induce labor, give labor pain relief and help in any stage you might get stuck in during you labor, are revealed in a new labor acupressure guide "Easier, Shorter and Safer Birth" by Lena Leino. Visit
for more information.

Acupressure Labor Ciliao
Acupressure Labor Buttock
Acupressure Labor Hand
Acupressure Labor Yongquan
Acupressure Labor Hegu
Acupressure Labor Kunlun
Acupressure Labor Sanyinjiao


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