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Relieve Period Pain with Acupuncture

(NaturalNews) A recent study 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. From these, the study team came to the conclusion that there is “promising evidence” for the use of acupuncture in treating menstrual pain.

Doctors usually treat the nausea, diarrhea, migraine headaches,back pain, and other symptoms that accompany a woman’s monthly period, with painkiller drugs. However,  treatments like acupuncture are gaining popularity because many have experienced superior relief from them without having to take pharmaceuticals.

The Kyung Hee Medical Centre research team that conducted the study found that patients who underwent acupuncture treatment experienced a greater reduction in pain than did those who relied on drug treatments. They were unable to verify, however, whether or not the treatment actually affects women’s’ nervous systems when providing relief.

Acupuncture treatments involve inserting small needles into the skin at certain points, known as energy meridians, in order to relieve pain. It is commonly used to treat conditions like back pain, depression, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. A traditional Chinese medicine practice, acupuncture is believed to work by correcting the proper flow of “qi”, or vital energy, through the meridian points.

Sources for this story include:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8518745.stm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100204101736.htm

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