A new study was published in December 16
Effect of LI4 and BL32 acupressure on labor pain and delivery outcome in the first stage of labor in primiparous women: A randomized controlled trial
I was rather puzzled at their choice of points. If I had only been going to choose one, I would probably have chosen SP6 or GB21 rather than LI4. However, I was not surprised that BL32 had an effect: the second sacral foramen. Teaching work for the sacral foramen is a fundamental part of my work teaching midwives, parents, and practitioners. I teach techniques to work all four foramen: as which point, even of a pair, is most effective depends on the mother and where she is at in labour. Sometimes a combination of points is the most effective.
The above study was published in the Complementary Therapies in Medicine journal, where our initial pilot study at Bristol was also published.
The effect of shiatsu on post term pregnancy
We had been hoping to use this to then carry out a much bigger study, which unfortunately didn’t happen due to lack of funding. Maybe some time it will !