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Treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea (period pain)

Dysmenorrhoea is pain before or during the menstrual bleed. The period pain can be a dull throbbing or a stabbing sensation. An ultrasound or laparoscopy is used to see if any fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, tumours or inflammation can be seen. In western medical treatment, dysmenorrhoea can be caused by either:

  • High levels of progesterone
  • Contraction of blood vessels to the uterus (uterine ischaemia)

Primary dysmenorrhea is chronic pain and adverse events of the menstrual cycle.

Acupuncture for primary dysmenorrhoea

Electro acupuncture of acupuncture points is very good at treating dysmenorrhoea (period pains). It does this by regulating hormones, menstrual symptoms, chronic pain, energy and blood flow, are regulating a woman's emotions, all of which can cause dysmenorrhoea.

Strong emotions cause energy and blood to stagnate. When energy and blood stagnate it leads to pain.

Various randomised controlled trials of acupuncture have proven what traditional Chinese medicine has known for years, that acupuncture regulates the menstrual cycle, thereby reducing reduce menstrual pain (pain scores).


The effect of acupuncture in dysmenorrhea. Tsenov, D. 3, 35,1996, Akusherstvo i ginekologiia,24-25

Smith CA, Zhu X, He L, Song J. Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD007854. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007854.pub2.

Acupuncture for primary dysmenorrhoea: a systematic review. S-H Cho, E-W Hwang. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2010.02489.x

Chen, Huei-Mein, Chen, Chung-Hey. Effects of acupressure at the Sanyinjiao point on primary dysmenorrhoea. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 48, 4, 2004. DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2004.03236.x

Proctor, Michelle, Farquhar, Cindy, Stones, Will, He, Lin, Zhu, Xiaoshu, Brown, Julie. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for primary dysmenorrhoea. 2002. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002123


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