Acupuncture for Period Pain
Do you dread that time of the month, ensuring you don’t have big meetings, social times or weekends away? Do you always have painkillers in your bag?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are wonderful at treating the pain, and its cause.
There are many kinds of period pain – all are awful, and most are preventable with Chinese medicine.
Does exercise help to clear your pain? Acupuncture will work to circulate your energy and reduce pain. Your herbs may well include Xiang Fu Cypress. This maintains circulation in your uterus during those times you can’t keep on the move.
Is the hottest bath you can stand your period go-to? Acupuncture and Moxabustion to the lower abdomen will help enormously.
A herbal prescription including Wu Zhu Yu Evodia and Gui Zhi Cinnamon twig will warm your uterus and relieve pain.
Does everything feel its dragging down, and your insides might fall out? Or do you have a dull ache, which drags on and on, as does your period? Huang Qi Astragalus may be added to your herbal prescription to relieve that dragging feeling.
Your acupuncturist will assess the qualities of your period pain. She will want to know:
- The detail of when it begins in your cycle, and when it ends.
- How would you describe the quality of that pain? Is it dull, or cramping?
- It maybe a stabbing pain, or it may drag down. She will want to know want makes it better or worse.
You can optimise your treatment plan and wave goodbye to painful periods.
Research on Period Pain and Acupuncture
In this research, there was a 41% reduction of analgesic medication used by the women in the Real Acupuncture group after their treatment series, and no change or increased use of medication seen in the other groups.
Acupuncture Treatment of Dysmenorrhea Resistant to Conventional Medical Treatment V Lorno et al.
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 227-230
In this research 87% participants had a substantial reduction in pain.
Average NSAID use was significantly reduced and ceased totally in 7 patients, still asymptomatic 6 months after treatment.
Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Primary Dysmenorrhea
Gynäkol Geburtshilfliche Rundsch 2003;43:250–253
Habek D et al
In this research, the success rate of acupuncture treatment of primary dysmenorrhea after 1 year was 93.3%
The American Journal of Chinese Medicine Vol. 25, No. 02, pp. 205-212 (1997)Medicinal Plants Research
Analgesic Effect of a Herbal Medicine for Treatment of Primary Dysmenorrhea – A Double-blind Study
Naoki Kotani et al
A significant alleviation of dysmenorrhea was observed in patients treated with Shao Yao Wan as compared to those treated with placebo. Our results suggest that Shao Yao Wan is effective for treatment of dysmenorrhea in patients with the above-mentioned conditions.