Acupuncture for Period Pain & Endometriosis

Acupuncture for Period Pain & Endometriosis.

Period pain is experienced by most women throughout their menstrual years. While many women take painkillers to manage their period pain, Chinese medicine regards that a healthy period should not be painful.

Minor cramps and discomfort from time to time is not uncommon, however, experiencing strong pain that affects day-to-day activities is not normal.

Period pain without any identifiable medical cause may be diagnosed as primary dysmenorrhoea or caused by endometriosis and less commonly fibroids or adenomyosis.

What is our clinical experience?

Based on feedback collected from over 839 initial appointments for Irregular Menstruation & Period Pain, 95% of our patients reported improved quality of life after their first 6 appointments. See our detailed benchmarking statistics.

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What does the research say?

The following insights are obtained from systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for period pain & endometriosis.

Consult with our practitioners for personalised care and advice.

Although well-conducted clinical research can help members of the public to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, we cannot claim that any particular treatment may be effective for any individual person.

When you consult with our Chinese medicine practitioners, you'll receive personalised advice and treatment based on your symptoms and Chinese medicine diagnosis.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific clinical research on acupuncture for period pain & endometriosis.

It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.

Frontiers in Medicine

2021, Feb 22

The Relationship of Acupuncture Use to the Endometriosis Risk in Females With Rheumatoid Arthritis: Real-World Evidence From Population-Based Health Claims
Frontiers in Medicine

Findings suggest that adding acupuncture to conventional therapy may decrease the subsequent endometriosis risk in female RA patients. Prospective randomized trials are recommended to further clarify whether the association revealed in this study supports a causal link.

Chen Wei-Jen, Livneh Hanoch, Hsu Chien-Hui, Hu Ying-To, Lai Ning-Sheng, Guo How-Ran, Tsai Tzung-Yi Full Article

Phytotherapy Research

2021, Oct 28

Effects of curcumin on menstrual pattern, premenstrual syndrome, and dysmenorrhea: A triple‐blind, placebo‐controlled clinical trial
Phytotherapy Research

Hence, curcumin had comparable effects as placebo, regarding the amelioration of symptoms of PMS and dysmenorrhea.

Bahrami A, Zarban A, Rezapour H, Agha Amini Fashami A, Ferns GA Full Article


2018, Jun

The efficacy and safety of acupuncture in women with primary dysmenorrhea

The results of this study suggest that acupuncture might reduce menstrual pain and associated symptoms more effectively compared to no treatment or NSAIDs, and the efficacy could be maintained during a short-term follow-up period. Despite limitations due to the low quality and methodological restrictions of the included studies, acupuncture might be used as an effective and safe treatment for females with primary dysmenorrhea.

Woo HL, Ji HR, Pak YK, Lee H, Heo SJ, Lee JM, Park KS Full Article

Reproductive Health

2018, May 21

A review of the risk factors, genetics and treatment of endometriosis in Chinese women: a comparative update
Reproductive Health

Although Western medicine has been studied and validated more extensively for the treatment of endometriosis, both TCM and Western medicine are used equally in the treatment of endometriosis in Chinese women.

Dai Y, Li X, Shi J, Leng J Full Article

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

2017, Aug 31

Effects of acupoint-stimulation for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea compared with NSAIDs: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 19 RCTs
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

The study indicated that acupoint-stimulation can relieve pain effectively for primary dysmenorrhoe patients. Compared with NASIDS group patients, acupuncture patients had less side effects and it offers advantages in increasing the overall effectiveness

Xu, Y., Zhao, W., Li, T. et al. Full Article

Journal of Pain Research

2016, Mar 20

Is acupuncture effective in the treatment of pain in endometriosis?
Journal of Pain Research American Society of Pain & Neuroscience

This study indicated that acupuncture is effective in treating endometriosis related pain. Patients reported to have having reduced long-term pain conditions.

Lund I, Lundeberg T Full Article

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

2016, Apr 18

Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Cochrane

There is insufficient evidence to demonstrate whether or not acupuncture or acupressure are effective in treating primary dysmenorrhoea, and for most comparisons no data were available on adverse events. The quality of the evidence was low or very low for all comparisons. The main limitations were risk of bias, poor reporting, inconsistency and risk of publication bias

Smith CA, Armour M, Zhu X, Li X, Lu ZY, Song J Full Article

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

2011, Sep 07

Acupuncture for pain in endometriosis
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Cochrane

There is not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain in endometriosis based on the results of the single RCT included in this review. While the results of this trial (Xiang 2002) did show that auricular acupuncture decreased pain from endometriosis in comparison to Chinese herbal medicine, the overall low‐quality of methodology makes broad implications for practice difficult to determine.

Zhu X, Hamilton KD, McNicol ED Full Article

Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica

2010, Dec 31

Systematic review of clinical trials of acupuncture-related therapies for primary dysmenorrhea
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Acupuncture may be more effective for patients with dysmenorrhea compared with ibuprofen or analgesic drugs. However, the low methodologic quality and small sample size do not have convincing evidence for moxibustion or acupressure is as effective as other interventions.

Yang, H., Liu, C.-Z., Chen, X., Ma, L.-X., Xie, J.-P., Guo, N.-N., Ma, Z.-B., Zheng, Y.-Y., Zhu, J., & Liu, J.-P. Full Article

Yin Tang
“It is by virtue of the twelve channels that human life exists, that disease arises, that human beings can be treated and illness cured. The twelve channels are where beginners start and masters end.” The Classic of Acupuncture
Circa 1st Century BCE