Safety of Acupuncture in Early Pregnancy

 

Pregnancy outcome following women's participation in a randomised controlled trial of acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. Complement Ther Med. 2002 Jun; 10(2):78-83

 

Abstract

 

OBJECTIVES: 

Recent studies have concluded that acupuncture is safe in the hands of a qualified practitioner. This study assessed the risk of adverse effects of acupuncture administered during pregnancy.

METHODS: 

593 women with nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy volunteered to participate in a randomised controlled trial, conducted at the Women's and Children's Hospital, in South Australia. Patients were given either traditional acupuncture, formula acupuncture, sham acupuncture or no acupuncture.

OUTCOME MEASURES: 

Data were collected on perinatal outcome, congenital abnormalities, pregnancy complications and the newborn.

RESULTS: 

No differences were found between study groups in the incidence of perinatal outcome, congenital abnormalities, pregnancy complications and other infant outcomes.

CONCLUSION: 

Our findings suggest that no serious adverse effects arise from acupuncture administered in early pregnancy.


powered by Menumill