Is acupuncture really effective for dysmenorrhea - menstrual cramps? Yes! Here is a study published in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 649 patients were divided into acupuncture group and non-acupuncture group. Acupuncture group received maximum of 15 treatments in 3 months. The both groups were allowed to seek conventional approach as needed. The patients were asked various questions including the pain level.
Here are some of the results:
Pain intensity: 3.1 for acupuncture group vs. 5.4 for non-acupuncture group
Worst pain intensity: 4.4 for acupuncture group vs. 7.1 for non-acupuncture group
Physical functioning: 90.5 for acupuncture group vs. 85.6 for non-acupuncture group
General health perceptions: 71.4 for acupuncture group vs. 68.2 for non-acupuncture group
Vitality: 60.2 for acupuncture group vs. 48.0 for non-acupuncture group
Social functioning: 84.3 for acupuncture group vs. 69.3 for non-acupuncture group
Mental health: 70.5 for acupuncture group vs. 61.1 for non-acupuncture group
The acupuncture reduced the pain intensity and improved the quality of life!
If you want to learn more about the study, check it out here.
Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and a mom of two wonderful boys who taught me a lot about unconditional love