Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea)

Many women experience menstrual pain, especially when they are in the their teens. In most cases, menstrual pain are Primary dysmenorrhea and it does not indicate a serious problem. Usually, pain gets better as a woman gets older, or after she has a child. Secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by underlying conditions, such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease or uterine fibroids.

Drug Therapies

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- help relieve pain. Long-term use may increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
Contraceptives (birth control pills ) -- can help relieve pain and also may be prescribed for disorders such as endometriosis.
Antibiotics-- for menstrual pain results from pelvic inflammatory disease.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal Medicine treatment 

Cold invasion and Qi stagnation are the most common patterns can cause painful menstrual. Practitioner will figure out the specific one for individual patient according to her eat signs and symptoms. Insertion of acupuncture needles can unblock the channels, enhanced blood flow to the affected area to stop pain. Herbal medicine can also be used together to warm and unblock the channel to smooth the energy flow.

Key points from recent publications

  • A review article try to  determine the efficacy and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea when compared with a placebo, no treatment, or conventional medical treatment.
  • In a  single-blind trial,  194 students with dysmenorrhea were randomized to receive acupressure 5 days before menstruation for 3 months on either the an acupuncture point or a placebo point.  The result show that applying a simple pressure protocol to the  acu-point was an effective and inexpensive way of decreasing the severity of dysmenorrhea.
  • Acupuncture could relieve period pain: A recent study (2010) published in the British Journal of Obstetrics has found that acupuncture may be effective at reducing the pain experienced by women who are going through their period. Researchers evaluated 27 studies that included over 3,000 participating women. Read more.