The International Journal of Nursing Studies, noted that anxiety and fatigue have undesirable effects on women’s postpartum recovery, & there aren’t many effective pharmacological interventions that can relieve these common symptoms.
Researchers aimed to examine the effectiveness of auricular acupressure (the same acupressure points are stimulated in acupuncture, we just use a needle instead) in reducing anxiety, fatigue, cortisol levels, blood pressure & heart rate after a Caesarian section.
Women who underwent a C-section were randomly assigned to two groups: intervention and control. The intervention group received auricular acupressure twice a day, while the control group received the usual postpartum care. The researchers measured serum cortisol levels, heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety and fatigue.
Of the 76 women who finished the study, the ones who received auricular acupressure, had significantly lower cortisol levels, heart rate, fatigue symptoms and anxiety symptoms five days postpartum than those in the control group. Sounds like a great reason to get acupuncture!
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About the Author:
Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist, currently practicing in the gorgeous, horse capital of the world: Lexington, Kentucky.