Acupuncture and Period Pain

New research supports the efficacy of acupuncture in supporting womens health.  Results of a new study conducted into the use of acupuncture to treat period pain have shown improvements in the duration and severity of pain.  Among the study subjects the majority of women experienced a significant reduction in their symptoms and many felt that the improvements continued on 12 months later.  

This is good news for the four out of five women who suffer from menstrual pain at some stage during their reproductive years, usually lasting for 2 to 3 days per cycle.  In many it is so debilitating it necessitates bedrest, resulting in days off school or work.

The pilot study involved 74 women aged 18-45 years with suspected or confirmed period pain.  The participants kept a menstrual diary and were given individualised acupuncture treatments, with twelve treatments being performed over three menstrual cycles.  Dr Mike Armour, from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) in Australia, who led the study, said the results are promising and that further larger trials may lead to the development of evidence-based guidelines for acupuncture in the treatment of period pain. 

At Restore our practitioners frequently use acupuncture to assist in the regulation of menstrual cycles and to reduce the duration and intensity of period pain for our patients.  If you are suffering with menstrual pain, we would encourage you to make an appointment with one of our acupuncturists as they may be able to offer you some significant and lasting relief!