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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 672508, 8 pages
Review Article

Analyzing the Study of Using Acupuncture in Delivery in the Past Ten Years in China

1Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100700, China
2Clinical and Cognitive Sciences Research Group, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health, Salford Royal Hospital, University of Manchester, Salford M6 8HD, UK
3Third Department of Neurology, Dongzhimen Hospital, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100700, China

Received 26 September 2013; Accepted 31 December 2013; Published 13 February 2014

Academic Editor: Xiaoke Wu

Copyright © 2014 Yingru Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The use of acupuncture in inducing delivery has a long history in China. With progress over time, it has been applied in many aspects. For further study of acupuncture in delivery, this paper analyzed the papers using acupuncture in delivery in the past ten years in mainland China. 87 literatures were picked out by searching relevant electronic databases and bibliographies of relevant journals. The analysis showed randomized controlled trials that were the major type of research, while preclinical researches and literature reviews only account for around ten percent, respectively. Clinical researches indicated that acupuncture can relieve labor pain, promote maternal uterine contraction, shorten birth process, and treat postpartum disorders. Preclinical researches found that acupuncture can adjust certain hormones and improve uterus contraction of late-stage pregnant rats. However, due to lack of large multicenter randomized controlled clinical trials, standardized evaluations of clinical effects in clinical researches and detailed mechanism study in preclinical researches and unequivocal conclusions about the effectiveness, efficacy, and mechanisms of acupuncture in this field cannot be obtained from those researches yet. Further clinical and preclinical studies about the use of acupuncture in delivery with improved methodology is still needed.