Auricular acupuncture as a treatment for pregnant women who have low back and posterior pelvic pain: a pilot study

Shu Ming Wang, Peggy DeZinno, Eric C. Lin, Haiqun Lin, James J. Yue, Michael R. Berman, Ferne Braveman, Zeev N. Kain

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Abstract

Objective: The primary aim of this study was to examine whether 1 week of continuous auricular acupuncture could reduce low back and posterior pelvic pain associated with pregnancy. Study Design: A randomized controlled trial was conducted on pregnant women who have lower back and posterior pelvic pain. These women were randomly assigned into an acupuncture group, a sham acupuncture group, or a waiting list control group. All participants were monitored for 2 weeks. Results: Baseline and day 7 showed significant group differences in pain (F = 15; P < .0001) and in the disability rating index score (F = 7; P < .0001). The participants in the acupuncture group reported a significant reduction of pain and improvement of functional status as compared with those in the sham acupuncture and control groups. Conclusion: One week of continuous auricular acupuncture decreases the pain and disability experienced by women with pregnancy-related low back and posterior pelvic pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271.e1-271.e9
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Volume201
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by National Center for the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Grant R21 AT001613-03.

Copyright:
Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • auricular acupuncture
  • pain relief
  • pregnancy
  • pregnancy-related low back pain and posterior pelvic pain

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