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Complement Ther Med. 2002 Jun;10(2):78-83.

Pregnancy outcome following women's participation in a randomised controlled trial of acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy.

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Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Adelaide University, Women's & Children's Hospital, North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

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.

PMID:
12481955
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