Mod Midwife. 1995 Jan; 5(1): 8-11.
Using acupuncture in midwifery care.
Acupuncture is based on the theories of traditional Chinese medicine. These have little in common with the western models of anatomy or the processes of health and disease. However, it appears that in many cases acupuncture is clinically effective (greater than placebo). Many women look to alternative therapies during pregnancy and childbirth. Acupuncture is safe, cheap and works clinically. Acupuncture is therefore a valuable holistic skill to add to the midwife's repertoire. Both research and a system of training are required if acupuncture is to play its full part in midwifery care.