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Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2019 Jul 12;39(7):717-20. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2019.07.010.

[Effect of auricular acupuncture on postpartum rehabilitation of primipara with cesarean].

[Article in Chinese]

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Department of Gynecology, Sanya City Maternal and Infant Health Care Hospital, Sanya 572000, Hainan Province, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore the postoperative effect of auricular acupuncture on primipara with cesarean in order to promote postpartum rehabilitation.

METHODS:

A total of 120 primiparas with cesarean were randomly divided into an observation group and a control group, 60 cases in each group. The routine treatment and care after surgery were given in the two groups. On the basis treatment, auricular acupuncture was applied at penqiang (TF5), shenmen (TF4), jiaogan (AH6a), pizhixia (AT4), neishengzhiqi(TF2), pi(CO13), wei(CO4) in the observation group, even-needling technique at all points. The needles were retained for 30 min, 3 times a day, the acupuncture was alternately every other day for 5 days continuously. The postpartum pain, anus exhaust time, incidence of postpartum hemorrhage, urinary retention and constipation, and postpartum average hospitalization day were recorded and compared between the two groups.

RESULTS:

Twenty-seven cases of postpartum uterine contraction pain (45.0%), 25 cases of wound pain (41.7%), 19 cases of breast distending pain (31.7%) and 11 cases of muscle soreness (18.3%) in the observation group, which was significantly lower than 38 cases (63.3%), 36 cases (60.0%), 30 cases (50.0%) and 21 cases (35.0%) respectively in the control group (P<0.05). The anus exhaust time in the observation group was earlier than that in the control group (P<0.05), and the average hospitalization time was shorter than that in the control group (P<0.05). The incidence of postpartum hemorrhage, urinary retention and constipation in the observation group was lower than that in the control group (P<0.05).

CONCLUSION:

Auricular acupuncture can effectively relieve postpartum pain in primipara with cesarean, promote postpartum exhaust and shorten hospitalization days, and reduce the incidence of postpartum complications such as postpartum hemorrhage, urinary retention and constipation, it is conducive to postpartum rehabilitation.

KEYWORDS:

auricular acupuncture therapy; cesarean; postpartum complications; postpartum pain; primipara

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