EFFECT OF BL32 ACUPRESSURE POINT ON LABOR PAIN: AN EVIDENCE-BASED CASE REPORT

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Nervilia Anita Suyanta
Yulidar Yanti
Djudju Sriwenda

Abstract

Introduction: Among the methods to promote an anxiety-free childbirth process, painless delivery, and efficient labor pain management are needed. Acupressure is one of the non-pharmacological techniques that can be used to lessen labor pain.


Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate the available evidence on the effect of acupressure on the BL32 point in labor pain management.


Method: Advanced searching for literature was carried out in March 2023 using PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane Library. An evidence-based case report of eligible participant was assigned to an acupressure therapy on the BL32 point to reduce labor pain. The primary outcome measure was labor pain intensity assessed using a Visual Analog Scale (VAS) before and after intervention.


Result: Three papers met the requirements and were fully accessible in relation to this study. Three publications demonstrated that acupressure on the BL32 is considered to have an effect on managing labor pain.


Conclusion: The application of acupressure on the BL32 point was considered to have an effect on managing labor pain in the first stage of labor.

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