Many women experience menstrual cramps before or during their menstrual period. The pain can often be incredibly disruptive towards individuals and their daily activities. Patients will often seek out pain medication or alternative therapies (such as diet change or homeopathy) to help the symptoms. However, often times individuals still have difficulty controlling the menstrual pain. At TCM Health Center we see girls and women of all ages who come in for menstrual pain. It is our goal to provide the best possible treatment to aid our patients.
Acupuncture works towards balancing the qi (an essential force) and flow of energy in the body. It is believed that if a natural flow in the body has been blocked it can create pain or other complications. The reason why acupuncture is often so successful with pain conditions is due to its stimulation of the central nervous system to help release neurotransmitters such as endorphins, which act as natural painkillers. Patients who come in for menstrual pain often find that after a certain course of treatment they have significant improvement with the pain.
In a study conducted by Joseph Helms, MD, patients with dysmenorrhea were divided into groups and received acupuncture treatment to help alleviate the symptoms. In the group that received acupuncture treatment, 41% of patients had a reduction in consuming analgesic medication (painkillers) while there was no significant change measured in the other control groups.
If you have any further questions about acupuncture treatment for menstrual pain, please feel free to give any one of our locations a call to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!