PRIMARY DYSMENORRHEA, PAINFUL MENSTRUATION -
Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine
In a randomized study involving 334 subjects, treatment with electro-acupuncture at a single acupuncture point, Spleen 6 (San Yin Jiao), traditionally used to address dysmenorrhea, was found to be more effective than treatment at an 'unrelated' acupuncture point (GB39, Xuan Zhong), in reducing subjective pain, assessed via 100-mm visual analog scale (VAS), measured at 0, 5, 10, 30, and 60 minutes following the first intervention. No additional differences in effects were found between the two groups, however, the authors point out that in actual practice, acupuncture treatment involves the use of multiple acupuncture points, and so additional studies "should focus on effects of multiple points acupuncture on primary dysmenorrhea."
"A Randomized Controlled Trial of Single Point Acupuncture in Primary Dysmenorrhea," Liu CZ, Xie JP, et al, Pain Med, 2014 March 17; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: School of Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Tuina, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China).
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