Does Acupuncture Really Induce Labor?
Yes! That being said, I have never had a patient’s water break on my table! Acupuncture to induce labor is a subtle but effective treatment option to prepare baby and mom for a safe and smooth delivery. I actually like to call it “labor preparation” because it naturally preps the mom and baby for the birthing process by relaxing the nervous system and reducing stress and anxiety, while stimulating hormone release and uterine contractions.
Many of the acupuncture points we are unable to use during pregnancy due to their stimulating effects on the body are the exact ones we do use during labor induction. Some of these points are in areas that by this time in the pregnancy are already sore like the upper shoulders and low back. Because it is not a strong medication or harsh manual process, the treatment feels good and is quite relaxing. I often hear from pregnant clients that during an acupuncture session is one of the few times in the day when her mind completely shuts off and she is able to relax. This extra boost of rest is important for the energy needed for labor and delivery.