Millions of women (and their partners) have a sense of dread when their time of month nears.
You may notice bloating, fatigue, mood swings, and cramps! What many women don’t know is that these accompanying PMS symptoms are actually pathological and do not have to be a reality each month.
“Explore the possibility where a tiny little needle may take away the pain…”
In 2017, these institutions performed tests to examine the effects of manual acupuncture on the symptoms of period cramps:
- National Institute of Complementary Medicine
- School of Nursing and Midwifery
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
After twelve treatments, the 74 women selected showed significant reduction in menstrual pain compared to the control group! This is because the acupuncture treatment reduced the pain and intensity by increasing blood flow to the uterus and therefore relaxing the muscles to ease the pain of uterine contractions, i.e. cramps.
Additionally, Healthland.time.com compiled a list of 27 studies, with 3,000 participants, that tried to prove that acupuncture reduced menstrual cramps. In some cases, researchers reported that acupuncture helped more with cramps than traditional painkillers!
While more research is needed, acupuncture treatment has been sanctioned by organizations such as:
- United States National Institutes of Health
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- World Health Organization (WHO)
As more research surfaces, we see that the ancient tradition of acupuncture has combined with modern century medicine to elicit bodily responses nobody ever fathomed! So, make an appointment today and explore the possibility where a tiny little needle may take away the pain of those annoying period cramps.
Also published on Medium.