How to Use Acupressure for Labor Induction

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If you're having a hard time inducing labor, certain acupressure points can be used for this very purpose. Induce labor through acupressure with help from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist. Today, we'll be discussing acupressure for labor induction. Today, I'm going to show you two points that you can use when you get to about 38 weeks, or if you're overdue. The first point is called Ren-4m which is located on the conception vessel or the Ren Mai, which is the central channel that goes right through the belly button and up through the breasts. So, to find Ren-4, I'm going to search for the belly button. And once I find the belly button, it's going to be your hand breadth, down on the other side, just under the belly button. Now, on a lot of people, this falls right in, kind of the, the crease of the lower abdominal area. Or, kind of, right where the top of your underwear sits. This point is nice, because it's something that you can do on yourself, throughout the day, and you want to use really gentle pressure. And you'll notice, and you know, when you are, when you are pregnant. That this point will actually have a firmness or a soft feeling to it. The softness is indicating that the cervix is actually starting to soften, and that the uterus is starting to open up. So, that's a good sign. So, if you feel it and it feels quite taut and firm. Then you want to keep massaging this, until it begins to soften. And that'll actually help to expedite labor. Another point that we use, it's contraindicated in pregnancy, until you are ready to deliver, is LI-4. Located between the first and second bones of the hand. At the high point of the muscle, at the end of the crease, here. And this point moves Chi throughout the whole body, with firm pressure. It's also a famous point for headaches. But you don't want to use this, unless you're ready to induce labor. Because you will, it leads to quite a bit of movement from the fetus, generally. And that's not a good idea, until you're ready to deliver. So, these are two points that you can do on yourself, throughout the day, on and off, again. I would do each point for about a minute and then, give it a minute or so, break. There are various other points that can help to induce labor. Depending on what your pattern of disharmony is, that's slowing things down. So, I encourage you to visit your acupuncture physician. And one that is skilled in treating fertility and maternity issues. I'm Hilary Talbott, and that was acupressure for induction of labor.

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