Research

Our clinical practices and our online education are heavily supported by research. We are always examining the latest findings and there are some classic studies that will always be relevant. Here is a giant mega list of some of the research we’ve used to shape our clinical methods, design our courses for midwives and mothers, and write our forthcoming book, Hands-on Birth: Eastern Wisdom and Acupressure for a Beautiful Birth.

In this list you’ll find excellent studies on:

  • acupuncture
  • acupressure
  • Chinese medicine
  • holistic health practices
  • pregnancy, labour, birth and motherhood
  • midwifery.

The most recent research is at the top. Enjoy!

  • Linda Vixner, Lena B. Mårtensson and Erica Schytt. Acupuncture with manual and electrical stimulation for labour pain: a two month follow up of recollection of pain and birth experience. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2015) 15:180. DOI 10.1186/s12906-015-07082.
  • Lyndall J. Mollart, Jon Adam, Maralyn Foureur. Impact of acupressure on onset of labour and labour duration: A systematic review. Women and Birth. Sep 2015, Vol. 28: 199-206.
  • Akbarzadeh M, Ghaemmaghami M, Yazdanpanahi Z, Zare N, Azizi A & Mohagheghzadeh A, The Effect of Dry Cupping Therapy at Acupoint BL23 on the Intensity of Postpartum Low Back Pain in Primiparous Women Based on Two Types of Questionnaires, 2012; A Randomized Clinical Trial, International Journal of Community Based Nursing and Midwifery, vol. 2(2), 2014.
  • Baccetti S, Da Frè M, Becorpi A, Faedda M, Guerrera A, Monechi MV, Munizzi RM & Parazzini F, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Hot Flushes in Menopause: A Randomized Trial, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 20(7), Jul 2014, pp. 550–557.
  • Çalık KY, Kömürcü N, The opinions of pregnant women about labor and acupressure application who received acupressure on their SP6 points, MÜSBED, vol. 4(1), 2014, pp. 29-37. Turkish.
  • Chen LL, Huang LC, Su YC, Lin HC, Su BH, Effects of combined acupressure and meridian massage on increasing body weight in low birth weight premature infants, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, vol.15(4), May 2014, p.34.
  • Chen Y, Zhang X, Fang Y & Yang J, Analyzing the Study of Using Acupuncture in Delivery in the Past Ten Years in China, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2014, 2014, Article ID 672508, 8 pages.
  • Chen YW & Wang HH, The Effectiveness of Acupressure on Relieving Pain: A Systematic Review, Pain Management Nursing, vol. 15(2), Jun 2014, pp. 539–550.
  • Cochrane S, Smith CA, Possamai-Inesedy A & Bensoussan A, Acupuncture and women’s health: an overview of the role of acupuncture and its clinical management in women’s reproductive health, International Journal of Women’s Health, vol.6, 2014, pp. 313–325.
  • Hopton A, Macpherson H, Keding A & Morley S, Acupuncture, counselling or usual care for depression and comorbid pain: secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial, BMJ Open, vol. 4(5), May 2014.
  • K.M. Levett, C.A. Smith, H.G. Dahlen, A. Bensoussan. Acupuncture and acupressure for pain management in labour and birth: A critical narrative review of current systematic review evidence. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Jun 2014, Vol. 22: 523-540.
  • Liu CT & Ko YL, Auricular Point Acupressure to Improve Sleep Quality in Taiwanese Postpartum Women with Insomnia, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, vol. 43(1), Jun 2014, p.58.
  • Reilly PM, Buchanan T, Vafides C, Lic A, Breakey S & Dykes P, Auricular Acupuncture to Relieve Health Care Workers’ Stress and Anxiety: Impact on Caring, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, vol. 33(3) May/Jun 2014, pp. 151–159.
  • Salime Mucuk, Muruvvet Baser. Effects of noninvasive electroacupuncture on labour pain and duration. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Jun 2014, Vol. 23, No. 10.1111/jocn.2014.23.issue-11pt12: 1603-1610.
  • Sihan W, Yu W, Lan S, Zhuo G, Xinjing Y, Tu Y, & Chuntao Z, The Study on Alleviating Side Effects of Medicine and Improving Quality of Life in Treatment of Mild or Moderate Depression by Combining Acupuncture and Paroxetine, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 20(5), May 2014, pp. A46-A47.
  • Smith CA & Betts D, The practice of acupuncture and moxibustion to promote cephalic version for women with a breech presentation: Implications for clinical practice and research, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 22(1), Feb 2014, pp. 75–80.
  • Steel A, Adams J, Sibbritt D, Broom A, Frawley J, Gallois C. The influence of complementary and alternative medicine use in pregnancy on labor pain management choices: results from a nationally representative sample of 1,835 women. J Altern Complement Med 2014;20(February (2)):87—97.
  • Thompson R, Miller Y. Birth control: to what extent do women report being informed and involved in decisions about pregnancy and birth procedures? BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2014;14(1):62.
  • White ND, Lifestyle and Complementary Medicine for Common Gastrointestinal Disorders in Pregnancy, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, vol. 8 (2), March/April 2014, pp. 97–99.
  • Ya-Wen Chen, Hsiu-Hung Wang. The Effectiveness of Acupressure on Relieving Pain: A Systematic Review. Pain Management Nursing. Jun 2014, Vol. 15: 539-550.
  • Yeh CH, Chien LC, Huang LC & Suen LKP, Auricular Point Acupressure for Chronic Pain: A Feasibility Study of a 4-Week Treatment Protocol, Holistic Nursing Practice, vol. 28(3), May/Jun 2014, pp. 184–194.
  • Abd EFAEHN, Ezzat OH & Mostafa GH, Effect of Acupressure on Labor Pain and Duration of Delivery among Laboring Women Attending Cairo University Hospital, Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy – An International Journal, vol. 7(2), 2013, pp. 76–81.
  • Abdallaha B, Badrb LK & Hawwaric M, The efficacy of massage on short and long term outcomes in preterm infants, Infant Behavior and Development, vol. 36(4), Dec 2013, pp. 662–669.
  • Akbarzadeh A, Moradi Z, Hadianfard MJ, Zare N & Jowkar A, Comparison of the effect of mono-stage and bi-stage acupressure at sp6 point on the severity of labor pain and the delivery outcome, International Journal of Community Based Nursing and Midwifery, vol. 1(3), 2013.
  • Antony SA, A study to assess the effectiveness of Acupressure on pain among post hysterectomy women in a tertiary hospital, Bangalore, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, Bangalore (thesis), Epub Jul 2013.
  • Kiran G, Gumusalan Y, Ekerbicer HC, Kiran H, Coskun A & Arikan DC, A randomized pilot study of acupuncture treatment for primary dysmenorrhea, European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 169(2), Jul 2013, pp. 292–295.
  • Liu MC, Kuo SH, Lin CP, Yang YM, Chou FH & Yang YH, Effects of Professional Support on Nausea, Vomiting, and Quality of Life During Early Pregnancy, Biological Research for Nursing, Epub Oct 10, 2013.
  • Pincus J. Childbirth in a technocratic age: the documentation of women’s expectations and experiences. Birth 2013;40(2):150—1.
  • Raisi Z, Effect of massaging infants on mood status of the mothers, European Psychiatry, vol.28(1), 2013, p.1.
  • Raith W, Urlesberger B & Schmölzer GM, Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture in Preterm and Term Infants, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 2013, 2013, 7 pages.
  • Saleem M, Bhatti J & Azam M, Effectiveness of Massage Therapy for Treatment of Infantile Colic, Journal of Rawalpindi Medical College (JRMC);, vol. 17(2), 2013, pp. 178–180.
  • Witt CM, Schutzler L. The gap between results from sham-controlled trials and trials using other controls in acupuncture research — the influence of context. Complement Ther Med 2013;(April (2)):112—4.
  • Zheng Z, Paterson C & Yap K, Does Chinese Medicine Consultation Share Features and Effects of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy? Using Traditional Acupuncture as an Example, Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, vol. 8(2), 2013, pp. 6–15.
  • Azam Hamidzadeh, Farangis Shahpourian, Roohangiz Jamshidi Orak, Akram Sadat Montazeri, Ahmad Khosravi. Effects of LI4 Acupressure on Labor Pain in the First Stage of Labor. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. Mar 2012, Vol. 57, No. 10.1111/jmwh.2012.57.issue-2: 133-138.
  • Chen C, Efficacy of Acupressure on Breast Engorgement during Breast-feeding in Postpartum Mothers, Graduate Institute of Natural Healing Sciences (thesis), Epub Jun 6, 2012.
  • Cho KJ, Ji ES & Lee MH, Effects of Meridian Massage on physical growth and infants’ health as perceived by mothers, Pediatrics International, vol.54(1), Feb 2012, pp. 32–38.
  • Filippelli AC, White LF, Spellman LW, Broderick M, Highfield ES, Sommers E & Gardiner P, Non-insertive Acupuncture and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Case Series From an Inner-city Safety Net Hospital, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, vol. 1(4), Sep 2012, pp.48–52.
  • Gazerani N, Nahidi F, Yousefi P & Abadi A, The effect of infant massage in comparison with rocking on the duration and frequency of crying time in patients with infantile colic, Arak Medical University Journal, vol. 15(1), 2012, pp. 95–103.
  • Gentry KR, McGinn KL, Kundu A & Lynn AM, Acupuncture therapy for infants: a preliminary report on reasons for consultation, feasibility, and tolerability, Pediatric Anesthesia, vol. 22(7) Jul 2012, pp. 690–695.
  • Gürol A & Polat S, The Effects of Baby Massage on Attachment between Mother and their Infants, Asian Nursing Research, vol. 6(1), Mar 2012, pp. 35–41.
  • Hajiamini Z, Masoud SN, Ebadi A, Mahboubh A & Matin AA, Comparing the effects of ice massage and acupressure on labor pain reduction, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. vol. 18(3) Aug 2012, pp. 169–172.
  • Hall HG, McKenna LG, Griffiths DL. Midwives’ support for complementary and alternative medicine: a literature review. Women Birth 2012;25(1):4—12.
  • Hamidzadeh A, Shahpourian F, Orak RJ, Montazeri AS & Khosravi A, Effects of LI4 Acupressure on Labor Pain in the First Stage of Labor, Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, vol. 57(2), Mar/Apr 2012, pp. 133–138.
  • Kao CL, Chen CH, Lin WY, Chiao YC & Hsieh CL, Effect of Auricular Acupressure on Peri- and Early Postmenopausal Women with Anxiety: A Double-Blinded, Randomized, and Controlled Pilot Study, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2012, 2012, 7 pages.
  • Kuniko Y & Sohei Y, Open Trial of Ear Acupuncture for Sleep Disturbances of Nurses Working Night Shifts – Assessment of Sleep/Wake Patterns Using a Wrist Actigraphy, International Journal of Integrative Medicine, Epub Nov 27, 2012.
  • Mahmood Etri, Mohsen Adib-Hajbaghery. Effects of Acupressure on Pain and Vital Signs of Patients After Small Abdominal Surgeries: A Clinical Trial. Nursing and Midwifery Studies. Dec 2012, Vol. 1: 67-71.
  • Naeimi Rad M, Lamyian M, Heshmat R, Jaafarabadi MA & Yazdani S, A Randomized Clinical Trial of the Efficacy of KID21 Point (Youmen) Acupressure on Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal , vol. 14(11), 2012, pp. 697–701.
  • Watanabe H, Tanaka Y & Nomachi S, Effects of Full-Term Infant Massage on Mother’s Emotional State, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, vol. 41(S1), Jun 2012, p.134.
  • Zahra Hajiamini, Sirati Nir Masoud, Abbas Ebadi, Afzali Mahboubh, Ali Asgari Matin. Comparing the effects of ice massage and acupressure on labor pain reduction. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Aug 2012, Vol. 18: 169-172.
  • Zheng JL, The effects of shift work on self-efficacy, sleep quality and mental health, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Epub 2012.
  • Deirdre Van der Putten, Anne Fallon, Declan Devane, Fiona Cullinane, Linda Doherty. Complementary and alternative therapies for shortening labour. Feb 2012.
  • A. Hjelmstedt, S.T. Shenoy, E. Stener-Victorin, M. Lekander, M. Bhat, L. Balakumaran, U. Waldenström. Acupressure to Reduce Labor Pain. Obstetric Anesthesia Digest. Sep 2011, Vol. 31, No. 3: 190-191.
  • Adams J, Sibbritt D, Lui C-W. The use of complementary and alternative medicine during pregnancy: a longitudinal study of Australian women. Birth 2011;38(3):200—6.
  • Betts D, Budd S. Forbidden points in pregnancy: historical wisdom? Acupunct Med 2011;29(June (2)):137—9.
  • Cui J-M, Yang X-x, Jin Z-h, Ma S-x, Dong L-h, Li Q. Effect of acupoint Sanyinjiao (SP6) moxibustion on the first stage of labor and uterine contractive pain in primiparae. Chin J Integr Med 2011;17(6):464—6.
  • Cummings M, ‘Forbidden points’ in pregnancy: no plausible mechanism for risk, Acupuncture in Medicine, vol. 29(2), Jun 2011, pp. 140–142.
  • D Melchart, M Jack, M Kashanian. Acupressure may relieve pain, delivery time and oxytocin use during labour. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies. Mar 2011, Vol. 16, No. 10.1111/fct.2011.16.issue-1: 40-41.
  • da Silva AV, Nakamura MU & da Silva JB, ‘Forbidden points’ in pregnancy: do they exist?, Acupuncture in Medicine, vol. 29(2), Jun 2011, pp. 135–136.
  • Eun Jin Lee, Susan K. Frazier. The Efficacy of Acupressure for Symptom Management: A Systematic Review. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Oct 2011, Vol. 42: 589-603.
  • Kashefi F, Khajehei M, Ashraf AR & Jafari P, The Efficacy of Acupressure at the Sanyinjiao Point in the Improvement of Women’s General Health, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 17(12), Dec 2011, pp. 1141–1147.
  • Kung YY, Yang CCH, Chiu JH & Kuo TB.J, The relationship of subjective sleep quality and cardiac autonomic nervous system in postmenopausal women with insomnia under auricular acupressure, Menopause, vol. 18(6), Jun 2011, pp. 638–645.
  • Landgren K, Infants with colic – Parents’ experiences in short and long perspectives and the effect of acupuncture treatment on crying, feeding, stooling and sleep, Lund University, Faculty of Medicine, Doctoral Dissertation, vol. 108, 2011.
  • Landgren K. Kvorning N. Hallstrom I, Feeding, stooling and sleeping patterns in infants with colic—a randomized controlled trial of minimal acupuncture., BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 11:93, 2011.
  • Lena Martensson, PhD, RNMT (Senior Lecturer) Linda J. Kvist, PhD, RNM (Senior Lecturer, Development Manager), Evelyn Hermansson, PhD, MSc, RNMT (Senior Lecturer), A national survey of how acupuncture is currently used in midwifery care at Swedish maternity units. Midwifery 27 (2011) 87–92.
  • MacKenzie I, Xu J, Cusick C, Midwinter-Morten H, Meacher H, Mollison J, Brock M. Acupuncture for pain relief during induced labour in nulliparae: a randomised controlled study. BJOG 2011;118:440–447.
  • Melchart D, Jack M & Kashanian M, Acupressure may relieve pain, delivery time and oxytocin use during labour, Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, vol. 16(1), Mar 2011, pp. 40–41.
  • Neri I, Allais G, Vaccaro V, Minniti S, Airola G, Schiapparelli P, Benedetto C & Facchinetti F, Acupuncture treatment as breastfeeding support: preliminary data, Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, vol. 17(2), Feb 2011, pp. 133–137.
  • Reinthal M, Lund I, Ullman D & Lundeberg T, Gastrointestinal symptoms of infantile colic and their change after light needling of acupuncture: a case series study of 913 infants, Chinese Medicine, vol 6(28), 2011.
  • Ried K. Stuart K., Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of female infertility: a systematic review, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 19(6):319-31, 2011 Dec.
  • Robinson N, Lorenc A & Liao X, The evidence for Shiatsu: a systematic review of Shiatsu and acupressure, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 11 (88), 2011.
  • Skjeie H, Skonnord T, Fetveit A, Brekke M, A pilot study of ST36 acupuncture for infantile colic, Acupuncture in Medicine, 29(2):103-7, 2011 Jun.
  • Smith CA, Collins CT, Crowther CA, Levett KM. Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management in labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD009232. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009232.
  • Smith V, Devane D, Begley CM, Clarke M. Methodology in conducting a systematic review of systematic reviews of healthcare interventions. BMC Med Res Methodol 2011;1(11):15.
  • Sunay D, Ozdiken M, Arslan H, Seven A & Aral, Y, The effect of acupuncture on postmenopausal symptoms and reproductive hormones: a sham controlled clinical trial, Acupuncture in Medicine, vol. 29, 2011, pp. 27–31.
  • Terauchi M. Hiramitsu S. Akiyoshi M. Owa Y. Kato K. Obayashi S. Matsushima E. Kubota T., Effects of three Kampo formulae: Tokishakuyakusan (TJ-23), Kamishoyosan (TJ-24), and Keishibukuryogan (TJ-25) on Japanese peri- and postmenopausal women with sleep disturbances, Archives of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 284(4):913-21, 2011 Oct.
  • Wang LP. Zhang XZ. Guo J. Liu HL. Zhang Y. Liu CZ. Yi JH. Wang LP. Zhao JP. Li SS., Efficacy of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis: a single-blinded, double-dummy, randomized controlled trial, Pain, 152(8):1864-71, 2011 Aug.
  • Wenzhu Ma, Wenjing Bai, Caixia Lin, Peijuan Zhou, Liying Xia, Chunhua Zhao, Ying Hao, Huifang Ma, Xueqin Liu, Jingkun Wang, Huiwen Yuan, Yanming Xie, Aiping Lu. Effects of Sanyinjiao (SP6) with electroacupuncture on labour pain in women during labour. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Jan 2011, Vol. 19: S13-S18.
  • Witt CM. Clinical research on acupuncture — concepts and guidance on efficacy and effectiveness research. Chin J Integr Med 2011;3(March):166—72.
  • Yang CP, Wang NH, Li TC, Hsieh CL, Chang HH, Hwang K, Ko WS & Chan MH, A randomized clinical trial of acupuncture versus oral steroids for carpal tunnel syndrome: a long-term follow-up, Journal of Pain, vol. 12(2), Feb 2011, pp. 272–279.
  • Cho SH, Lee H, Ernst E. Acupuncture for pain relief in labour: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Obstet Gynaecol 2010;117(July (8)):907—20.
  • Ekdahl L & Petersson K, Acupuncture treatment of pregnant women with low back and pelvic pain—an intervention study, Scand J Caring Sci. vol. 24(1), Mar 2010, pp. 175–182.
  • Golchin M, Rafati P, Taheri P & Nahavandinejad S, Effect of deep massage on increasing body weight in low birth weight infants, Journal of Kashan University of Medical Sciences (FEYZ), vol. 14(1), 2010, pp. 46–50.
  • Hamidzadeh A, Shahpourian F, Jamshidi-Orak R & Pourheydari M, Effects of LI4 Acupressure on Length of Delivery Time, Mothers’ Physiologic Responses and Newborn’s Apgar Scores, Knowledge & Health vol. 5(1), 2010, pp. 16–21.
  • Health NDo. New South Wales mothers and babies 2008. Sydney: NSW Public Health Bull; 2010.
  • Hjelmstedt A, Shenoy S, Stener-Victorin E, Lekander M, Bhat M, Balakumaran L & Waldenström U, Acupressure to reduce labor pain: a randomized controlled trial, Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, vol. 89(11) Nov 2010, pp. 1453–1459.
  • Kalder M, Knoblauch K, Hrgovic I & Münstedt K., Use of complementary and alternative medicine during pregnancy and delivery, Obstet Gynecol. vol. 115(3), Mar 2010, pp.511–520.
  • Kashanian M, Shahali S. Effects of acupressure at the Sanyinjiao point (SP6) on the process of active phase of labor in nulliparas women. J Matern Fetal Neonat Med 2010;23(7): 638—41.
  • Landgren K, Kvorning N & Hallström I, Acupuncture reduces crying in infants with infantile colic: a randomised, controlled, blind clinical study, Acupuncture in Medicine, Epub Oct 18, 2010.
  • Linde K, Niemann K, Schneider A, Meissner K. How large are the nonspecific effects of acupuncture? A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. BMC Med 2010;8:75.
  • Ma WZ, Zhou PJ, Zhang Y, Yuan Y, Wu Y, Zhao CH, et al. Clinical observation on the effect of electroacupuncture of Sanyinjiao (SP 6) on labor. Zhen ci yan jiu (Acupunct Res) 2010;35(3):217—21.
  • Maryam Kashanian, Shadab Shahali. Effects of acupressure at the Sanyinjiao point (SP6) on the process of active phase of labor in nulliparas women. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. Jul 2010, Vol. 23: 638-641.
  • NSW DoH. Maternity — towards normal birth in NSW. Policy Directive. Sydney: NSW Health, Health N; 2010. Report No. 09/638-3.
  • Rachel Manber et al., Acupuncture for Depression During Pregnancy: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Obstetrics & Gynecology, VOL. 115, NO. 3, MARCH 2010, pp511-520.
  • Tiran, D. (2010) Complementary Therapies in Labour: A Woman-Centred Approach, in Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care (eds D. Walsh and S. Downe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317701.ch9.
  • Wonga CL, Laib KY & Tseb HM, Effects of SP6 acupressure on pain and menstrual distress in young women with dysmenorrhea, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, vol. 16(2), May 2010, pp. 64–69.
  • Zcherky LM, Acupuncture techniques during caesarean section, Acupuncture in Medicine, Epub Apr 28, 2010.
  • Chi Eung Danforn Lim, Jenny M. Wilkinson, Wu Shun Felix Wong, and Nga Chong Lisa Cheng. Effect of Acupuncture on Induction of Labor. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. November 2009, 15(11): 1209-1214. doi:10.1089/acm.2009.0100.
  • Adams J, Lui C-W, Sibbritt D, Broom A, Wardle J, Homer C, et al. Women’s use of complementary and alternative medicine during pregnancy: a critical review of the literature. Birth 2009;36(3):237—45.
  • Bryant R. In: Australia Co, editor. Improving maternity services in Australia: the report of the maternity services review. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; 2009.
  • Cao H, Pan X, Li H, Liu J., Acupuncture for treatment of insomnia: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials, J Altern Complement Med., 2009 Nov;15(11):1171-86. Center for Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China.
  • Caroline Smith, Hannah Dahlen. Caring for the pregnant woman and her baby in a changing maternity service environment: the role of acupuncture. Acupunct Med September 2009 Vol 27 No 3.
  • Citkovitz C, Klimenko E, Bolyai M, Applewhite L, Julliard K & Weiner Z, Effects of acupuncture during labor and delivery in a U.S. hospital setting: a case-control pilot study, J Altern Complement Med., vol. 15(5), May 2009, pp. 501–505.
  • da Silva JB, Nakamura MU, Cordeiro JA, Kulay L Jr, Saidah R., Acupuncture for dyspepsia in pregnancy: a prospective, randomised, controlled study, Acupunct Med., vol. 27(2), Jun 2009, pp. 50–53.
  • Habek D, Habek JC, Barbir A., Acupuncture for premenstrual dysphoric disorder, Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2009 Dec;280(6):877-81. Epub 2009 Mar 27.
  • Kukla R, Kuppermann M, Little M, Lyerly AD, Mitchell LM, Armstrong EM, et al. Finding autonomy in birth. Bioethics 2009;23(1):1—8.
  • Lissa Borup, Winnie Wurlitzer, Morten Hedegaard, Ulrik S. Kesmodel, Lone Hvidman. Acupuncture as Pain Relief During Delivery: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Birth. Mar 2009, Vol. 36, No. 10.1111/bir.2009.36.issue-1: 5-12.
  • Manyande A & Grabowska C, Factors affecting the success of moxibustion in the management of a breech presentation as a preliminary treatment to external cephalic version, Midwifery, vol. 25(6), Dec 2009, pp. 774–780.
  • Smith C & Dahlen H, Caring for the pregnant woman and her baby in a changing maternity service environment: the role of acupuncture, Acupunct Med. Vol. 27(3), Sep 2009, pp.123–125.
  • Smith CA & Cochrane S., Does acupuncture have a place as an adjunct treatment during pregnancy? A review of randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews, Birth, Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, vol. 36(3), Sep 2009, pp. 246–253.
  • Claudia M. Witt, MD, Thomas Reinhold, MSc, Benno Brinkhaus, MD, Stephanie Roll, MSc, Susanne Jena, MSc, Stefan N. Willich, MD, MPH, MBA, Acupuncture in patients with dysmenorrhea: a randomized study on clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in usual care, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Volume 198, Issue 2 , Pages 166.e1-166.e8, February 2008.
  • Li-Li Chen et al., Acupressure and meridian massage: combined effects on increasing body weight in premature infants, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Volume 17, Issue 9, pages 1174–1181, May 2008.
  • MacPherson H, Nahin R, Paterson C, Cassidy CM, Lewith GT, Hammerschlag R. Developments in acupuncture research: big-picture perspectives from the leading edge. J Altern Com- plement Med 2008;(September (7)):883—7.
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  • Romano AM. Research summaries for normal birth. J Perinat Educ 2008;17(Fall (4)):52—6.
  • Skouteris H, Wertheim EH, Rallis S, Paxton SJ, Kelly L, Milgrom J. Use of complementary and alternative medicines by a sample of Australian women during pregnancy. Austr N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 2008;48(4):384—90.
  • Eun-Mi June, Soonbok Chang, Duck-Hee Kang, Sue Kim, Effects of acupressure on dysmenorrhea and skin temperature changes in college students: A non-randomized controlled trial, International Journal of Nursing Studies Volume 44, Issue 6 , pp 973-981, August 2007.
  • Fonnebo V, Grimsgaard S, Walach H, Ritenbaugh C, Norheim AJ, MacPherson H, et al. Researching complementary and alternative treatments–the gatekeepers are not at home. BMC Med Res Methodol 2007;7:7.
  • HU Yumei, ZHOU Xuehui, Effectiveness of Acupuncture Point Massage on Newborns, Journal of Nursing Science, 2007-07.
  • Linda J. Kvist et al., A randomised-controlled trial in Sweden of acupuncture and care interventions for the relief of inflammatory symptoms of the breast during lactation, Midwifery, Volume 23, Issue 2, June 2007, Pages 184–195.
  • Moriarty, KA, Psychophysiologic responses to acupressure used as a pre-birth treatment at full term gestation, Dissertation, University Of Illinois At Chicago, Health Sciences Center, 2007, 232 pages, 3274028.
  • NHS. Pathways to success: focus on normal birth and reducing Caesarean section rates. London: Health; 2007.
  • Raven JH, Chen Q, Tolhurst RJ & Garner P, Traditional beliefs and practices in the postpartum period in Fujian Province, China: a qualitative study, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol.7(8), 2007, doi:10.1186/1471-2393-7-8.
  • Zhou P [Thesis] Clinical observation on relieving the labor pain of electroacupuncture on SP6. Beijing: Beijing University of Chinese Medicine; 2007.
  • Betts, D, The essential guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth, Journal of Chinese Medicine, UK, 2006.
  • Campbell, D.A., Lake, M.F., Falk, M., & Backstand, J.R. (2006). A randomized control trial of continuous support in labor by a lay doula. JOGNN, 35(4), 456–463.
  • Dooley M. Complementary therapy and obstetrics and gynaecology: a time to integrate. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol 2006;December (6):648—52.
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