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acupuncture dysmenorrhea

Cheng Tan, Chang Zhang, Jiajia Zhang, Jun Wang
For the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea, professor ZHAO Jiping focuses on meridian diagnosis and inspection, and uses pressing methods to locate the response points along the meridian, including acupoints and aishi points. During the stage of attack, it is essential to press along the spleen meridian, mainly Sanyinjiao (SP 6), Diji (SP 8) and Yinlingquan (SP 9); during the stage of remission, it is essential to press along the bladder meridian and stomach meridian, mainly Ganshu (BL 18), Pishu (BL 20), Weishu (BL 21), Shenshu (BL 23) and Zusanli (ST 36)...
March 2016: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Shang-qing Ru, Peng Zhang, Jing Li, Pei Wang, Chi Lin, Ni-juan Hu, Jie Hao, Mian-yi Hao, Jon-jun Sun, Ya-feng Wang, Jiang Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the influence of acupuncture needle stimulation-induced sharp pain on the curative effect of acupuncture therapy for primary dysmenorrhea (PD) patients with cold damp stagnation syndrome (CDSS). METHODS: A total of 87 PD patients with CDSS experiencing abdominal pain (> or =40 mm in visual analogue scale, VAS) were randomly asigned to deqi-expectation group and no-deqi-expectation group which were further divided into deqi-expectation + sharp pain (n = 31), deqi-expectation + no-sharp pain (n = 12), no-deqi-expectation + sharp pain (n = 17), no-deqi-expectation + no- sharp pain (n =27) groups...
April 2016: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Michael Armour, Hannah G Dahlen, Caroline A Smith
Background. Primary dysmenorrhea is a common gynaecological condition. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) acupuncturists commonly treat primary dysmenorrhea and dispense specific self-care advice for this condition. The impact of self-care advice on primary dysmenorrhea is unknown. Methods. 19 TCM acupuncture practitioners from New Zealand or Australia and 12 New Zealand women who had recently undergone acupuncture treatment for primary dysmenorrhea as part of a randomised controlled trial participated in this qualitative, pragmatic study...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
June-lei Li, Chun-sheng Jia, Jian-ling Wang, Qing-qing Yang, Xin-xin Feng, Zhan-na Tan, Bo-ying Li, Xue-liang Zhu, Jing Shi, Yan-hui Sun, Jing Xu, Xiao-feng Li, Xuan-ping Zhang, Xin Zhang, Yu-zhu Du, Na Bao, Qiong Wang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the regularities and features of clinical application of simplex reinforcing or reducing manipulation of filiform acupuncture needles by data mining in order to guide clinical decision in a better way. METHODS: A database about simplex reinforcing and reducing manipulations of filiform acupuncture needle was established first after collection, sorting, screening, type-in, and collation of the related papers, academic dissertations and theses of academic conferences published from January 1st of 1950 to January 31 of 2015 by using key word "acupuncture" "acupuncture and moxibustion" "needle manipulation" and "filiform needle" from database of China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI, a full-text database of Chinese journals), followed by data extraction and statistical analysis...
December 2015: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Richard Glickman-Simon, Tammy Lindsay
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November 2015: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Wan-Hong Chen, Yan Zhao, Chang-Chun Zeng, Dao-Ning Zhang, Yan-Ping Wang, Ling Tang, Xiao-Mei Zhang, Tian-Fang Wang
Objectives. To investigate changes in pulsograph caused by pain in primary dysmenorrhea (PD) patients. Methods. Pulsograph and pain level of PD patients were detected using electropulsograph and Visual-Analogue Scale (VAS), respectively, at four time points, 7-10 days before menstruation (T0), maximal pain during menstruation (T1), immediately after acupuncture analgesia (T2), and 30 mins after acupuncture analgesia (T3). Parameters (t, h, w) and normalized time parameters (t') of pulsograph were analyzed...
2015: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Ukachukwu Okoroafor Abaraogu, Chidinma Samantha Tabansi-Ochuogu
Primary dysmenorrhea is the most common gynecological symptom reported by women and constitutes a high health, social, and economic burden. Chemotherapies, along with their side effects, have not yielded satisfactory outcomes. Alternative nonpharmacological interventions, including acupuncture and acupressure, have been advocated, but evidence regarding their beneficial effect is inconclusive. This study sought to obtain evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture and acupressure interventions. Twelve electronic databases were searched by using menstrual pain intensity and quality of life as primary and secondary outcomes, respectively, with the PEDro guideline for quality appraisal...
October 2015: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Intira Sriprasert, Suparerk Suerungruang, Porntip Athilarp, Anuchart Matanasarawoot, Supanimit Teekachunhatean
This open-label randomized controlled trial was designed to compare the efficacy of acupuncture and combined oral contraceptive (COC) pill in treating moderate-to-severe primary dysmenorrhea. Fifty-two participants were randomly assigned to receive either acupuncture (n = 27) or COC (n = 25) for three menstrual cycles. Mefenamic acid was prescribed as a recue analgesic drug with both groups. The statistical approach used for efficacy and safety assessments was intention-to-treat analysis. By the end of the study, both treatments had resulted in significant improvement over baselines in all outcomes, that is, maximal dysmenorrhea pain scores, days suffering from dysmenorrhea, amount of rescue analgesic used, and quality of life assessed by SF-36 questionnaire...
2015: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Yu-Qi Liu, Peng Zhang, Jie-Ping Xie, Liang-Xiao Ma, Hong-Wen Yuan, Jing Li, Chi Lin, Pei Wang, Guo-Yan Yang, Jiang Zhu
Deqi, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is a specific needle sensation during the retention of needles at certain acupoints and is considered to be necessary to produce therapeutic effects from acupuncture. Although some modern researches have showed that Deqi is essential for producing acupuncture analgesia and anesthesia, the data are not enough. It is a paper of a multicenter, randomized controlled study protocol, to evaluate the influences of Deqi on acupuncture SP6 in Cold and Dampness Stagnation pattern primary dysmenorrhea patients, in terms of reducing pain and anxiety, and to find out the relationship between Deqi and the temperature changes at SP6 (Sanyinjiao) and CV4 (Guanyuan)...
2015: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Yu-Xia Ma, Xing-Yue Yang, Gang Guo, Dong-Qing Du, Yan-Pu Yu, Shu-Zhong Gao
Objective. To explore the efficacy and mechanism of primary dysmenorrhea patients were treated with herb-partitioned moxibustion through metabonomics. Methods. 20 patients with primary dysmenorrhea were randomized into two groups, separately treated with herb-partitioned moxibustion at CV8 (shenque) and acupuncture at SP6 (sanyinjiao). After three menstrual cycles' treatment, the intensity of menstrual pain using VAS and the changes of metabolites of plasma using LC-MS were observed. Results. The VAS of two groups decreased with different descending range...
2015: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Siyi Yu, Jie Yang, Mingxiao Yang, Yan Gao, Jiao Chen, Yulan Ren, Leixiao Zhang, Liang Chen, Fanrong Liang, Youping Hu
Background. Dysmenorrhea is a common problem for which acupuncture provides effective analgesia. Although acupoint selection affects the effectiveness of acupuncture, the basic rules of acupoint selection are little understood. This study aims to investigate the principles of acupoint selection and characteristics of acupoints used for primary dysmenorrhea. Methods. PubMed, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and Chinese Biomedical Database were searched for clinical trials published in English or Chinese from January 1978 to April 2014 evaluating the effect of acupuncture on primary dysmenorrhea, with or without methods of randomization and/or control...
2015: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Jie Yang, Siyi Yu, Lixing Lao, Mingxiao Yang, JianPing Chen, Xiao Luo, Yongxia Wang, Xiangzhu Chen, Juan Li, Lihua Zhu, Qianhua Zheng, Youping Hu, Xi Wu, Fanrong Liang
BACKGROUND: Dysmenorrhea is a common menstrual complaint among adolescent girls and women of reproductive age. The treatment of dysmenorrhea is typically selected from multidisciplinary options, including complementary and alternative medicine such as acupuncture and moxibustion. However, there are few published randomized controlled trials concerning moxibustion treatment for dysmenorrhea. This trial aims to investigate the efficacy and safety of moxibustion for primary dysmenorrhea, and to identify the optimal time of moxibustion treatment for primary dysmenorrhea...
2015: Trials
Chao-nan Zhang, Xue-kuan Huang, Yan Luo, Juan Jiang, Lei Wan, Ling Wang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the reflection of dysmenorrhea in acupoint Sanyinjiao (SP 6) region (body surface) so as to verify the relationship between the acupoint and uterus. METHODS: A total of 60 women (15-35 years in age) including 30 primary dysmenorrhea patients (test group) and 30 healthy subjects (control group) were enrolled in the present study. The visual analog scale (VAS) score and mechanical pain threshold of bilateral Sanyinjiao (SP 6) regions were detected to assess changes of skin sensitivity in subjects undergoing menstrual pain and in the non-menstrual period...
October 2014: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Caroline A Smith, Michael Armour, Debra Betts
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is used by nine percent of the Australian population; however, we know relatively little about the practice of acupuncture to treat women's reproductive health in Australia and New Zealand. METHODS: This study surveyed acupuncturists to examine their practice with treating women's reproductive health complaints. A cross sectional survey of 3406 Australian and New Zealand acupuncturists was conducted. A self-completion questionnaire explored the areas of acupuncture treatment for gynaecological pregnancy and fertility complaints...
August 2014: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Tian Xu, Liang Hui, Yi Li Juan, Song Guo Min, Wang Tian Hua
UNLABELLED: CONTEX: Primary dysmenorrhea (PD) is a common gynecological syndrome that is characterized by cramping in the lower abdomen during menstruation, particularly during puberty. Treatment for PD includes a variety of pharmacological, nonpharmacological, and surgical options. Although studies supporting use of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have helped in the proliferation of its comprehensive therapy, their results do not determine with certainty whether moxibustion and acupoint therapy are better for the treatment of PD than nonacupuncture-related therapy...
July 2014: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Maria T Chao, Christine M Wade, Sarah L Booth
The therapeutic benefits of acupoint injection of vitamin K in spleen-6 (SP6) for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea have been observed in limited clinical settings. However, menadione, the form of vitamin K most studied for treating dysmenorrhea, is not routinely used in clinical practice in North America. As part of a larger clinical trial among women aged 18-25 years with primary dysmenorrhea, we conducted a substudy to test the plasma concentration of phylloquinone (vitamin K1). We collected blood samples from four women before and 24-48 hours after an acupoint injection of phylloquinone in SP6...
June 2014: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Yan-Fen She, Liang-Xiao Ma, Cong-Hui Qi, Yan-Xia Wang, Ling Tang, Chun-Hua Li, Hong-Wen Yuan, Yu-Qi Liu, Jia-Shan Song, Jiang Zhu
Electrical skin resistance (ESR) measurements were performed with a four-electrode impedance detector at 10 points bilaterally on the first day of and the third day after menstruation in 48 healthy volunteers and 46 primary dysmenorrhea (PD) patients, to assess whether ESR changes of acupuncture points can reflect menstrual pain or not. The results showed statistical reductions in ESR imbalance ratio between left and right side that were detected at SP8 (Diji) and GB39 (Xuanzhong) (P < 0.05), and a statistical increase was detected at SP6 (Sanyinjiao) (P = 0...
2014: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Priya Kannan, Leica Sarah Claydon
QUESTION: In women with primary dysmenorrhoea, what is the effect of physiotherapeutic interventions compared to control (either no treatment or placebo/sham) on pain and quality of life? DESIGN: Systematic review of randomised trials with meta-analysis. PARTICIPANTS: Women with primary dysmenorrhea. INTERVENTION: Any form of physiotherapy treatment. OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome was menstrual pain intensity and the secondary outcome was quality of life...
March 2014: Journal of Physiotherapy
Zhe Xue, Cun-Zhi Liu, Shu-Zhong Gao, Yu-Xia Ma
OBJECTIVE: To explore the efficacy and the reproductive endocrinal mechanism of herbal-partitioned moxibustion in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea. METHODS: One hundred and seventy-one cases of primary dysmenorrhea were randomized into an herbal-partitioned moxibustion group (group A), an starch-partitioned moxibustion group (group B) and an acupuncture group (group C), 57 cases in each one. In the group A, moxibustion isolated with herbal medicine was applied to Shenque (CV 8)...
March 2014: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Wing-Sze Hsu, Xiao-Yu Shen, Jia-Min Yang, Li Luo, Ling Zhang, Dan-Dan Qi, Song-Xi Shen, Shi-Peng Zhu, Ya-Fang Zhao, Xiao-Xuan Ren, Meng-Wei Guo, Xiao-Hong Li, Bo Ji, Lu-Fen Zhang, Jiang Zhu
In this study, we try to evaluate the effects of acupuncture stimulation with different amounts at Sanyinjiao (SP6) on uterine contraction and uterus microcirculation in rats with dysmenorrhea of cold coagulation syndrome and to explore whether there is direct relativity between "De qi" and needle stimulus intensity. Diestrus female rats were randomly divided into 4 groups, including saline control group, model control group, "A" stimulus group (with strong stimulus), and "B" stimulus group (with weak stimulus)...
2014: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
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