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Dysmenorrhoea is pain before or during the menstrual bleed. The 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 medicine, dysmenorrhoea can be caused by either:

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

Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea

Acupuncture is very good at treating dysmenorrhoea (period pains). It does this by regulating hormones, 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 research studies have proven what Chinese medicine has known for years, that acupuncture regulates the menstrual cycle, thereby reducing premenstrual symptoms and pain.


The effect of acupuncture in dysmenorrhea. Tsenov, D. 3, 35,1996, Akusherstvo i ginekologiia,2425

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