Acupuncture for period pain (known as dysmenorrhea) – vlog #21 with patient advice.
Vlog #21 brings you the news about the study by Dr Mike Armour et al, where researchers from Western Sydney University and the University of Auckland worked together in a small pilot study of 74 women aged between 18 and 45 years old.
The role of treatment timing and mode of stimulation in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea with acupuncture: An exploratory randomised controlled trial
The researchers found that more than half had at least a 50 per cent reduction in the severity of their period pain after undergoing acupuncture treatment for three months, with the effects lasting for up to a year.
“Acupuncture can help combat period pain in sufferers, as well as relieve associated headaches and nausea, a study by Australian and New Zealand researchers has found.”
Dr Mike Armour, a postdoctoral research fellow at Western Sydney University’s National Institute of Complementary Medicine said: “Our pilot study found that using manual stimulation of the needles, rather than an electrical pulse, commonly used in many Chinese studies for period pain, resulted in reduced need for pain-relieving medication and improvement in secondary symptoms such as headaches and nausea.”
“The latter was unexpected and will be explored further in future, larger trials.”
The article also mentions that:
“The women reported significant reductions in “peak pain” during the first three days of their period and in “average pain” experienced over their entire period, with the effects sustained for 12 months. Many also experienced improvements in PMS-related symptoms such as mood swings.”
In the vlog we take a step further and look at some patient advice regarding dysmenorrhea and what you can expect when you visit the acupuncture and Chinese Medicine clinic seeking help for period pain.
You can find the full details on the patient advice we talk about in the vlog by visiting the Acubalance webpage:
While Western treatment for PMS and painful periods is symptomatic and may include the birth control pill as well as anti-inflammatory medication and pain killers, in Chinese medicine, we work to not only provide relief for your distressing symptoms but to address the underlying condition that is causing them.
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Full Study Citation: Armour M, Dahlen HG, Zhu X, Farquhar C, Smith CA (2017) The role of treatment timing and mode of stimulation in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea with acupuncture: An exploratory randomised controlled trial. PLoS ONE 12(7): e0180177. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0180177