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Learn Acupuncture to Treat Period Pains

A common treatment we like to illustrate in our acupuncture courses is that of pains due to menstruation.

And while many western doctors still claim results to be due to the placebo effect, a recent review of 27 studies shows that Acupuncture is definitely an effective way of easing severe period pain.

Researchers said there was “extremely promising evidence” for acupuncture in treating cramps, but that more work was needed.

In the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, they noted two studies found little difference between real and sham acupuncture in treating pain.

Acupuncture is a less contentious form of complementary medicine than some, and it continues to grow, but incredibly its value is still disputed.

Period pain can be severe in some women and may be accompanied by nausea, diarrhoea, migraine and backache. Common treatments include pain killers, applying heat and exercise – although a recent study questioned the efficacy of the latter. This latest review involved 27 studies – which included nearly 3,000 women. They addressed a variety of forms of acupuncture – from classical to acupoint injection.

The analysis by the team from Kyung Hee Medical Centre found that patients with severe period pain reported a greater reduction in their symptoms when using acupuncture compared with pharmacological treatments.

1 Comment

  1. Nice article – it is my experience of treating pain during and before menses – and certainly more effective than conventional medicine. Nice to find studies that validate this as well.

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