Acupuncture can be a useful tool for dealing with monthly Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) including breast tenderness, irritability, cramping, bloating, fatigue, headaches and painful periods. Acupuncture can also help regulate PMS for future cycles.
So how can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments for PMS showed a 50% or better reduction of symptoms compared to the initial state. In both acupuncture and herbal medical interventions, there have been no serious adverse events reported, while most of the interventions provided over 50% relief of symptoms associated with PMS/PDD.*
Painful periods (dysmenorrhea) is characterized by painful periods with abdominal cramping, lower back pain, pain that can radiate into the legs, nausea, headaches, dizziness and can disrupted a women’s quality of life for multiple days each month.
Acupuncture has been found as effective as NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Advil etc.) for relieving pain in women experiencing dysmenorrhea.*
Jang SH; Kim DI; Choi MS, BMC Complementary And Alternative Medicine [BMC Complement Altern Med], ISSN: 1472-6882, 2014 Jan 10; Vol. 14, pp. 11; Publisher: BioMed Central; PMID: 24410911, Database: MEDLINE
Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2013 Jul;169(2):292-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2013.02.016. Epub 2013 Mar 20.