Menstrual Pain

Acupuncture Stops Menstrual Pain

Millions of women around the world experience unbearable menstrual pain and cramps. It leaves them feeling exhausted and achy. Menstrual pain is the biggest cause of periodic school absence in adolescent girls and a major concern for mature ladies.

Most of the women take over-the-counter painkillers or contraceptive pills to alleviate pain. However both these methods give only symptomatic relief without treating the root cause of pain and cramps. The anti-inflammatory drugs have a number of side effects including ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, nausea, upset stomach and in extreme cases death. Constant use of oral contraceptive pills can cause acne, breakthrough bleeding and increased blood pressure.

What about alternative medicine that has been treating women for thousands of years? The therapy that has no side effects at all? Yes, acupuncture is used to treat menstrual pain as well.

What Acupuncture Does?

The Traditional Chinese Medicine explains that cramps and menstrual pain are the symptoms of obstructed flow of Qi and blood. To understand the pattern of imbalance, the acupuncturist is likely to ask you a number questions regarding the timing, location and the character of your pain, effects of cold, heat or pressure on pain and cramps, and your lifestyle.

When the Qi and blood is stagnant in the uterus, cramping reaches its worst, troubling you with severe mood swings. It is characterized by heavy bloating, belching and abdominal distension.  If you are exposed to cold weather, the cold invades uterus and the risk of invasion is very high, especially during pubescence, menstruation or shortly after childbirth. The acupuncturists target LV 2, LV 3, SP 6, CV 3, CV 6 and GB 34 meridians.

Sometimes cramps and pain may also be due to deficiency of Qi and body fluids. You feel tired, dizzy and a dragging sensation in the lower part of your abdomen. In this case acupuncture points ST 29, SP 6, SP 10, CV 6 and LV 3 are targeted.

Acupuncture focuses on resolving your problems without disturbing your hormonal balance.

Scientists on Acupuncture

A team of scientists led by Dr. Claudia Witt of Charite University Medical Center, Berlin, compared the effectiveness of acupuncture with a control group that was given no treatment for dysmenorrhea and cramps. In the study 201 women were randomly given either no treatment or acupuncture for 10 sessions. At the end, the results were measured on a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 being the worst pain. The menstrual pain of acupuncture group averaged at 3.1 compared to 5.4 in the women under control group.

Based on the findings, Dr. Witt concluded that acupuncture is a viable treatment for women suffering from menstrual pain. The study was published in February 2008 issue of American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Acupuncture has been widely recognized as an extremely effective treatment for menstrual disorders. Avoid the side effects of painkillers and contraceptive pills that do only harm in the long-run.