Acupressure Points That Help Your Cervix Dilate

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Certain acupressure points can actually dilate the cervix, helping to induce and expedite labor. Help your body get into labor with help from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist, coming to you today from Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies. Today, we will be discussing acupressure points that will actually help your cervix dilate. Now, this is a technique that's been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to actually expedite labor, and you can have labor come a couple of days faster than your projected date with the daily use of these points. In 2001, they did a study that showed that women that actually had acupuncture every other day just on these two points alone, their due date increased by 15 percent from their expected due date, over the control group. So, these are points that you do not want to use on yourself until you're ready to start that process. So, I would say safely about two weeks before your projected due date. The first one is one that I talk about all the time, LI 4. It's located between the first and second metacarpal bones of the hand at the high point of the muscle right after the crease here. So, this is a point that we traditionally use in headaches. But, the reason that it works in relieving headaches so well, is that it move Chi throughout the whole body, and this actually has a affinity for ripening the cervix, especially when it's used with the second point that I'm going to show you. So, you would want to use this if you weren't going to get acupuncture every day, every other day, with needles. You would want to press on this throughout the day. You can't really over press it, unless, of course, you begin to make yourself sore. And, of course, like all acupuncture points that are on meridians, these are bilateral, so it's located on both hands. So, after you use this point, you would come to Spleen 6. Now, if were, you know, in your full term, this one can be a little bit trickier to get to. So, you might want to sit on the ground, with your legs out to the side in order to get this. Or, have your partner massage this point, too. So, Spleen 6, or Yin Crossing, is located one hand breadth, this is your hand breadth, from the high point of the medial malleolus here on the leg, just off the shin bone. Sometimes, there's a little indentation there, or it's a little tender. And, once you find that, you just want to use firm pressure with your finger for about two to three minutes. And again, this point is bilateral, so you want to use both sides. And, when using acupressure over acupuncture, you would have to do this numerous times throughout the day to get the same effect. Of course, when you're doing these points, visualization and deep breathing also help, anything to do that relaxes you, is also going to relax the entire pelvic region. So, big, deep belly breaths with long exhales will help to relax you so that the process of labor can be initiated. Think about what happens when we're really stressed out. We tend to tense up, and our muscles clamp down. Well, if the muscles of the pelvic region are stressed out and clamped down as well, that cervix isn't going to dilate. So, I think that's one of the biggest things that happens when you go for acupuncture, is that your stress just is automatically knocked down a couple of notches, and it allows your body to kind of progress where it needs to go for labor. So, like I said, these points are definitely contraindicated until you're ready to start the process of labor, but they're very helpful for ripening the cervix with acupuncture or acupressure. If you don't already have a qualified acupuncture physician that specializes in pregnancy, I encourage you to find one on AcuFinder.com. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for dilation of the cervix.

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