Period pain is common and a normal part of your menstrual cycle. Up to 20% of women suffer from cramping severe enough to interfere with daily activities – and many menstruating women grimace through their pain in silence. For women who do speak up, their pain is often downplayed or ignored.
A new study led by Australian researchers tests the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments in relieving period pain. The study was conducted by Dr. Mike Armour, of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at Western Sydney University in Australia, and his colleagues from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland, also in Australia. Their findings were published in the journal PLOS One.
It was found that the women undergoing acupuncture more frequently experienced more significant improvements in period pain intensity and related symptoms, as well as in overall quality of life.
Twelve treatments were carried out either once or three times a week over three menstrual cycles.
The study found that using manual stimulation of the needles, rather than an electrical acupuncture resulted in reduced need for pain-relieving medication and improvement in secondary symptoms.
More than half the women undergoing manual acupuncture experienced a decrease in period pain and related symptoms of up to 50 percent. The women reported significant reductions in ‘peak pain’ during the first three days of their period and in “average pain” experienced over their entire period, with the effects sustained for 12 months.
The treatment was grounded in traditional Chinese medicine practices as well as the Zang Fu system, which identifies the unique attributes of each organ and the ways in which they relate to each other.
Although customisation of acupuncture points was applied according to TCM differential diagnostics, most commonly used acupuncture points are:
Other Chinese medicine treatments such as: Chinese Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion, TuiNa massage are also very effective in treating Period Pain.
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A British study, running by Homerton University Hospital in London, involved 160 couples suffering from fertility problems, found that rates of success were twice as high among those having acupuncture treatment. Researchers found the women became more relaxed after time was invested in them.
The 127 patients were split into two groups – one having four sessions of acupuncture while undergoing IVF, and the other having none.
Among the treatment group, 46.2 per cent conceived – more than twice as many as in the other group, where only 21.7 per cent of the women became pregnant.
The needle technique was used before any eggs were retrieved from the woman’s body – and then again before and after the fertilised embryo was implanted.
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Daily Mail report: A study involving nearly 3,500 women in several countries suggests that Chinese herbs might be more effective in relieving menstrual cramps than drugs, acupuncture or heat compression.
Australia-based researchers said herbs not only relieved pain, but reduced the recurrence of the condition over three months.
The survey involved 39 trials – 36 in China, and one each in Taiwan, Japan and the Netherlands. In one trial involving 36 women, 53 percent of those who took herbs reported less pain than usual compared with 26 percent in the placebo group.
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Daily Mail reports: Couples with fertility problems are twice as likely to get pregnant using traditional Chinese medicine as western drugs, say researchers.
Previous research suggests acupuncture may help some childless couples to conceive. The latest study from researchers at Adelaide University, Australia, reviewed eight clinical trials, 13 other studies and case reports comparing the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with western drugs or IVF treatment. The review funded by the Australian government included 1,851 women with infertility problems, says a report in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine.
Researcher found a two-fold improvement in pregnancy rates over just four months of treatment from practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine.
Review of the clinical trials alone found a 3.5 rise in pregnancies over a four-month period among women using TCM compared with western medicine.
Other data covering 616 women within the review showed 50 per cent of women having traditional Chinese medicine got pregnant compared with 30 per cent of those receiving IVF treatment.
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BBC report: A report published in the journal Fertility and Sterility found the pregnancy rate in the group receiving acupuncture group was 42.5%, compared to the group which did not receive the therapy, where the rate was 26.3%.
German researchers found women undergoing fertility treatment could have their chances of success boosted by acupuncture. Researchers have increased success rates by almost 50% in women having in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
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Karen Styles and her fiance Tony Maynard had endured two failed rounds of fertility treatment and were steeling themselves for a third when she fell pregnant naturally by trying Traditional Chinese Medicine. Karen and Tony believe that the 2,000-year-old Chinese herbal remedy seemed to do the trick.
Although Karen was sceptical of the Chinese medicines at first, she decided to give it a go after hearing a friend swore that Traditional Chinese medicine helped her with infertility.
She visited a local Chinese Herbal shop and had one session of acupuncture and a bottle of Chinese “womb-warming herbs”. It turned to be magic, she found she was pregnant with triplets!
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Daily mail report: Researchers have found Traditional Chinese medicine can boost fertility if used in combination with fertility treatments.
A team led by Dr Shahar Levi-Ari from Tel Aviv University compared the success rates of couples using intrauterine insemination (IUI) both with and without Chinese herbal and acupuncture therapies.
The results, which have been published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine, show a significant increase in fertility when the therapies are administered side-by-side.
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