Relieve Menstrual Pain with Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used in Asia for centuries. Over the past few decades, it has also spread its reach to other parts of the world and is now popular in almost every country. Acupuncture is a great way of reducing pain by harmonizing your body energy and blood flow. The traditional form of acupuncture doesn’t involve any painful treatments. It uses shallow needle insertions and there are no needle manipulations either. Furthermore, the process is extremely safe and the number of complications are very few.

But does acupuncture really help to relieve pain? Of course it does. And it’s not just about body pain. You can relieve all sorts of pain with the help of acupuncture. Among some of the main issues that can be treated using acupuncture include asthma, allergies, migraines, insomnia, asthma and menopause. These treatments are also known to be extremely useful for women going through menstrual pain.

In fact, a German study that was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology in the year 2008 confirmed that acupuncture could actually be used to relieve women having menstrual pain. In this study, 201 women were assigned to no treatments or acupuncture treatments on a random basis. Most of the women who received acupuncture treatments showed an improvements of almost 33% in their pain level. The study also observed that after a three month period, the average pain score after 10 sessions of acupuncture was just 3.1 with 10 being the highest pain scale and one being the lowest. This study was actually a part of a larger acupuncture research initiative.

Dr. Claudia Witt, working for the Charite University Medical Center in Berlin mentions that patients suffering from menstrual pain can actually be treated using acupuncture as a supplementary to regular care. She says that patients who received acupuncture showcased significant improvements in their quality of life as well as pain intensity.

Acupuncture has long been known to reduce pain symptoms in your body. These treatments can actually counteract pain-producing factors by increasing the endorphin levels in the blood. What makes these treatments so popular is that they can be used to uncover the root causes behind the menstrual imbalances in your body. Thus, work can be done in order to regulate your hormones and ensure that the progesterone and estrogen levels stay within the normal ranges. The National Institutes of Health has also recommend the use of acupuncture as a stand-alone or a supplementary treatment for menstrual pain.

Acupressure also offers an ideal solution of alleviating menstrual pain for people who suffer from negative side effects from IUDs and pills. This makes it an ideal solution for those wanting natural solutions for their menstrual pain. Furthermore, acupressure is also ideal for youngsters, as they are asked to avoid taking pills for menstrual pain during the first couple of years in order to allow the ovaries to develop.

If you do decide to try out acupuncture to alleviate your menstrual pain, make sure that you seek out licensed and experienced acupuncturists.

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Dr. David I. Amato

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