Pelvic pain during late pregnancy is a common issue many expectant mothers face. In this article, we’ll explore the effects of acupuncture on reducing pelvic pain and its associated emotional symptoms.

How Acupuncture Helps with Pain Relief

Acupuncture involves inserting thin, sterilized needles into particular body sites known as acupoints. It is claimed that stimulating these acupoints activates the body’s inherent healing mechanisms. This stimulation promotes blood flow, the release of endorphins, and the regulation of the neurological system. Endorphins, sometimes known as “natural painkillers,” attach to opioid receptors in the brain, lowering pain perception and generating a sensation of well-being. Acupuncture is also thought to assist modify neurotransmitter and hormone release, promoting balance in the body’s internal systems. As a result, acupuncture efficiently relieves pain and discomfort linked with a variety of diseases, making it a popular choice among individuals looking for alternative or complementary therapies.

The Study

prospective randomized controlled single-blind study investigated the efficacy of two acupuncture stimulation modes in relieving pelvic pain in pregnant women. The participants, with a median gestational age of 26 weeks (range 18–35), received ten acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture Methods

  1. Superficial acupuncture (n=22): Needles were inserted subcutaneously over acupuncture points without further stimulation.
  2. Deep acupuncture (n=25): Needles were inserted intramuscularly and stimulated repeatedly until a perceived sensation of numbness, known as de qi.

Assessment and Results

Using a visual analog scale, participants self-reported pain intensity at rest and during daily activities. The variables pain, emotional reactions, and loss of energy were assessed according to the Nottingham Health Profile questionnaire.

After acupuncture treatment, the study observed significant systematic group changes toward lower levels of pain intensity at rest and in daily activities. Additionally, improvements in rated emotional reactions and loss of energy were noted. The study also showed additional individual changes in most variables. Interestingly, no significant differences were found between the effects of superficial and deep acupuncture stimulation modes.


In conclusion, individually designed acupuncture treatments may provide a valuable solution to alleviate pelvic pain and its associated emotional symptoms in late pregnancy. Regardless of the stimulation mode (superficial or deep), acupuncture has shown promising results in reducing discomfort for expectant mothers during this critical period.


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