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Menstrual period pain is a very common condition, many weman will experience it in some stage of their life. The symptoms includes abdominal camping or ache that moves to lower back and/or legs, nausea, heavy menstrual flow or with clots, constipation or diarrhea.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proved - through controlled trials – to be an effective treatment for menstrual cramps/dysmenorrhoea.

Kyung Hee University Medical Center has published a new research about this. Compared with pharmacological treatment or herbal medicine, acupuncture was associated with a significant reduction in pain. Three studies reported reduced pain within groups from baseline.

In our clinic, acupuncture and Chinese herb has effectively helped many women with their menstrual cramps. The time frame of progress is usually based on how long one’s symptoms have been present. The longer they have been there, the longer treatment tends to take. However most patients can feel the improvement during the first period after the beginning of their treatments.

Acupuncture and Chinese herb is superior to the conventional treatment for dysmenorrhea which includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS such as aleve or ibuprofen) and hormonal therapies like the birth control pill. These medicines can be effective, but have side effects such as stomach bleeding, nausea, weight gain, and mood changes. Acupuncture can provide effective lasting relief of dysmenorrhea without side effects.

Our treatment not only relieves the pain but also treats the root problem. Our patients told us about their more regular period, less clots in period blood and more enegetic feeling after the treatments. This is due to Tradition Chinese Medicine's holistic view of the human body. Acupuncture removes energy blockages and in turn stabilizes hormonal fluctuations. It also provides deep relaxation that helps to calm the mind. Chinese herbs work together with acupuncture to regulate the flow of energy and substances in the body. Together they stimulate the body’s natural functions and encourage it to establish optimum balance.



Key words: menstrual pain, dysmenorrhea, acupuncture treatment, cupping, acupressure, moxibustion, herbal medicine, infrared light

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