Labor Painaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Labor Complications

What is Labor Pain?

Labor pain, a term familiar to many, describes the discomfort experienced by women during childbirth. It encompasses the sensations of contractions as the uterus works to open the cervix, and the pain felt as the baby moves down the birth canal. These pains can vary greatly in intensity, duration, and location, often described as one of the most intense types of pain a person can endure. Understanding labor pain not only involves recognizing its physical aspects but also its emotional and psychological impacts on the mother.

How does TCM view Labor Pain?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches labor pain with a holistic lens, viewing it as a natural but challenging part of the childbirth process. TCM posits that labor pain is closely linked to the flow of Qi (energy) and Blood within the body. Disruptions or Stagnations in this flow can exacerbate pain, while a harmonious flow can alleviate it.

TCM practitioners aim to identify the specific patterns of disharmony causing the pain, which may include Qi Stagnation, Blood Stasis, or a Deficiency in Qi and Blood, to tailor their treatment strategies effectively.

Acupoints for Labor Pain

To address labor pain, TCM suggests several acupoints known for their efficacy in managing discomfort and facilitating a smoother labor process. One such point is Ciliao (BL-32), located in the sacral area. This point is prized for its ability to regulate the Lower Burner, aiding in both urination and defecation, as well as resolving dampness and regulating menstruation.

Stimulating Ciliao is believed to not only benefit the lower back and legs but also to play a significant role in managing labor pain by enhancing the flow of Qi and blood in the pelvic area. This holistic approach, emphasizing the interconnectedness of body systems, underscores TCM's unique perspective on childbirth and pain management.

See more details below about Ciliao BL-32, an acupoint used to address labor pain.

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Ciliao BL-32

Ciliao BL-32

In the 2nd posterior sacral foramen, about midway between the posterior superior iliac spine (PSIS) and the midline.