The effect of acupressure at SP6 point on analgesic taking in women during labor


Parisa Samadi 1 , Minoor Lamyian 2 , * , Reza Heshmat 3 , Soghrat Faghihzade 4

1 MSc of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Eslamic Azad University Abadan Branch, Abadan, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor of Midwifery, Tarbiyat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.

3 General Physician, Tehran, Iran

4 Professor of Biostatistics, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.

How to Cite: Samadi P, Lamyian M, Heshmat R, Faghihzade S. The effect of acupressure at SP6 point on analgesic taking in women during labor, Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2011 ; 12(5):e94223.


Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 12 (5); e94223
Published Online: November 13, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
Received: February 25, 2010
Accepted: July 26, 2010


Background : According to the potential side effects of analgesics and anaesthetic drugs to control the labour pains, it is possible to replace non-medical method for palliative treatment. The purpose of this research is to assess the effect of acupressure in spleen point 6 (SP6) on the amount of analgesic drug taking during labour.

  Materials and Method : We conducted one sided blind randomized clinical trial in 2008. 131 term pregnant women randomly selected and divided into three groups including one experimental group (pressure on SP6:41 persons) and two control groups (SP6 touch: 41 cases and common care: 49 persons). The data has been analyzed by using the descriptive and inferential statistics by SPSS-16 software.

  Results : Comparing the average amounts of the consumed drug between three groups showed a significant decrease in the experimental group more than the other two control groups ( p =0.006). The average amount of consumed p ethidine in the experimental group showed a significant decrease (p =0.02).

  Conclusion : The findings of our study showed that the pressure on SP6 is an effective method to decrease the amount of analgesic consumption in labor specially pethidine.


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