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Post  mrsamct Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:12 am

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The use of acupressure techniques to induce labor can help you alleviate labor pains and dilate the cervix. The Chinese believed that a life force known as 'chi' runs through the body and you can manipulate it to propagate well being and treat illnesses. Acupressure is based on the same principles of acupuncture but instead of needles, pressure is applied with fingers and hands. Practitioners of acupressure claim that using the technique women could induce labor naturally without the use of drugs.

Women who have used maternity acupressure techniques to induce labor claim that it also helped them stay calm and reduced vomiting. Acupressure is also known to make the contractions quicker and successful. It is possible to induce labor just by applying pressure on certain points on the body and massaging them for a short period at regular intervals.

Acupressure Points to Induce Labor

Using acupressure techniques to induce labor has been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for ages. The west is slowly accepting this technique and nowadays some hospitals also have it as part of their integrative medicine plan. One of the best part of acupressure technique is that it can be self administered. Here are some of the acupressure points to induce labor and maternity acupressure techniques.

This point is located just above the crease of the buttock and you can use your thumb to apply pressure and massage it in a circular motion. Another way to locate this point is to run your finger along the spine and stop as soon as you hit the depression in the lower back region just above your buttocks. Stimulating this point by applying pressure and massaging it, will assist in inducing labor.

Spleen 6
Place four fingers on the inside of the ankle just above the ankle bone to locate the spleen 6 point. It is right where the finger which is farthest away from the ankle lands. To induce labor, massage this point for a couple of minutes maintaining pressure. When massaging this point use a circular motion and repeat the movement on the other leg.

The K1 point is used during labor to help relieve some of the anxiety and nausea associated with pregnancy. This acupressure point is located at the base of the foot, just behind the ball of the foot. To be specific, it is right in the middle of the sole and you need to put pressure on this point pushing it towards the big toe. You can massage this point at any stage of the pregnancy as it help relieve some of the labor stress and nausea.

If you are planning to use acupressure to induce labor then stimulating the Hoku point will help. It is located in the webbing between the index finger and the thumb. This point is right above the region where the index finger bone joins the bone of the thumb. Massage this point with the thumb and index finger of your other hand to stimulate contractions.

Massaging this pressure point will help reduce maternity related nausea and vomiting. To find this point, place three fingers on the crease of the wrist and feel the area between the tendons with the finger which is farthest from the crease of the wrist. Massage this point with the tip of your index finger for 1-2 minutes and repeat the action on the other hand.

This acupressure point is used to help the baby descend into the pelvis and induce natural birth during labor. The BL60 is located between the achilles tendon and the lateral malleolus, in layman terms it is located in the depression near the ankle. Grip the area and apply pressure with your thumb, do this for 1-2 minutes in regular intervals to induce labor.

Women who have used acupressure during child birth claim to have had a unique experience during delivery. If you plan to use acupressure techniques to induce labor it is advisable that you consult your physician before you do it.


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