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ice massage on acupuncture points

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this was posted on a local doula list i follow. interesting...

Pregnant women in early labor who use ice massage at specific acupuncture points on the hand may experience less pain, according to a new study in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health (2003;48:317 21). This study suggests ice massage is a safe, non-invasive method of decreasing a woman's labor pain.

In the new study, 49 pregnant women between the ages of 16 and 38 years in early labor received ice massage on a specific acupuncture point on the hand (called Large Intestine 4 or LI-4 in Traditional Chinese Medicine) at the beginning of a contraction, continuing until the contraction stopped...

Intensity of labor pain and memory of pain were both significantly reduced by ice massage. Pain-intensity scores were lowered by 19% after ice massage in the right hand and by almost 50% in the left hand. It is unknown why there was such a difference between each hand. Memory of pain intensity following delivery was reduced from "distressing" to "discomforting."

LI-4 is located in the webbing between the thumb and index finger on the back of the hand. Traditional Chinese medical texts describe the stimulation of LI-4 to reduce labor pain and to strengthen contractions...
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Cool... thanks for posting. I just forwarded to my doula.
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I had seen this a while back and made sure to save it in my files! I have it printed out in my birth requests for my labor partners to try on me. We shall see!
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