A DVD/download is now available which demonstrates acupressure techniques for labour.
Perfect for pregnant women and their partners, as well as health professionals working
with pregnant women.
For more information on the DVD click here.
This point is found between the first and second metacarpal bones (the bones of
the thumb and first finger). It lies at the highest point formed when the thumb
is brought to rest against the index finger.
The women or her support person can firm pressure with their thumb. This acupressure
point has a dull achy feeling when located correctly.
Acupressure to this point can be used to providing general pain relief in labour.
It can be very useful as women head towards transition. Midwives and women have
reported on the effectiveness of using ice on this point (with the ice cubes placed
in a small plastic bag or wrapped in a cloth and then placed over the point).
Hegu L.I.-4 has a function of stimulating efficient contractions. It can be useful
during labour if contractions are of irregular intensity.
A useful acupressure point during the second stage of labour once the cervix has
fully dilated. It aids the body's efforts to move the baby down through the birth
canal and can be especially useful if women are tired and not pushing effectively.
This acupressure point is to be used with caution during pregnancy
For assistance with point location you can watch this short video on the Youtube web site.