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 new research suggests women could halve the number of hot flushes they endure by turning to acupuncture.
In the study, more than 200 women who had on average at least four hot flashes or night sweats a day were divided into two groups.
One group received 20 acupuncture treatments over a period of six months, while the other group received no acupuncture or any other alternative remedies.
Of the 170 women who received acupuncture, nearly half (47 per cent) reported a 47 per cent in frequency of hot flushes, within eight weeks.
And one in eight (12 per cent) reported an 85 per cent drop in the number they experienced. One in 25 (four per cent) claimed the ancient Chinese treatment cured them of the feverish flushes completely.
The study was published in the journal Menopause.
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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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BBC report: Chinese well-known herb, Ganoderma Lucidum, could eventually be used in the treatment of obesity.
Commonly referred to as Ling Zhi, this ancient Chinese herb is a mushroom that is used to enhance longevity and boost health in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In China, it has been widely used to heal and fight allergies, liver disease, lung problems, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
The recent research, published in Nature Communications, suggested the mushroom reduces body weight, inflammation and insulin resistance in mice feed a high-fat diet. In their report, the team said mushroom extract “may be used as pre-biotics to reduce body weight gain, chronic inflammation and insulin resistance [type 2 diabetes] in obese individuals.“
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According to Diabetes.co.uk , more than 2.7 million people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the UK, whilst a further 750,000 people are believed to have the symptoms but are yet to be diagnosed with the disease. Uncontrolled diabetes increases your risk of long-term health problems,even death significantly. On top of it , diabetes increases the risk of conditions like heart attach, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney failure and blindness.
Daily mail reported early this year: A recent study revealed a mixture of up to 10 Chinese herbal medicine can help people with pre-diabetes delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. Researchers claim that this mixture of Chinese herbs help patients by slowing the progression from pre-diabetes to an official diabetes diagnosis.
The study has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).
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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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The Telegraph reports on 7th Oct 2014 that Trials showed that Chinese Herbs , Honeysuckle Flower, could be effective against several variants of flu which have caused major public health scares in recent years .
According to the study held by Nanjing University ,drinking honeysuckle tea could help ward off flu. Boiled and drunk the Chinese herb helped suppress the effects of the influenza virus in mice, effectively acting as a “virological penicillin”, said the report in the Cell Research journal. Trials showed that it could be effective against several variants of flu which have caused major public health scares in recent years, including H1N1 “Spanish Flu” and H5N1 avian flu.
This result is the the first scientific evidence to support the old Chinese tradition of using honeysuckle to beat flu.
Daily Mail reports: Dermatologists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong found the mixture of Chinese herbs – which contained Japanese honeysuckle (金银花） , peppermint（薄荷）, root bark of tree peony（牡丹皮）, underground stem of the atractylodes herb（苍术） and bark from an Amur cork tree（黄柏） – had a dramatic improvement on eczema sufferers aged five to 21.
During the study, 85 patients were given either a tablet containing the herbs or a placebo. Patients who took the Chinese herbal mixture felt their quality of life improved by a third, while those taking the placebo reported no improvement, the British Journal of Dermatology reports.
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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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