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 acupressure point is located using four of the woman's finger widths above
the tip of the medial malleous (the shin bone on the inside of the ankle). This
area will often be tender and the point is found when you slide your finger off
the edge of the tibia bone, towards the inside of the leg. It is useful to press
on the tibia when first locating this point as pressing on this bone produces a
very different sensation from the acupressure point.
The women or support person can apply direct pressure with their index finger or
This acupressure point has an effect in helping the cervix to dilate and can be
used to help the cervix to dilate efficiently. Women having their first child or
those who have experienced dilation difficulties in a previous birth might like
to use this point in early labour. It can be used by applying firm acupressure on
one leg at a time for approximately one minute, then using it on the opposite leg
20 - 30 minutes later. Once labour has become established (the contractions have
become efficient and regular), acupressure can be discontinued.
This acupressure point will often be tender and after using it some women report
feeling their cervix stretching and contractions strengthening.
This acupressure point is to be used with caution during pregnancy.