Millions of women (and their partners) have a sense of dread when their time of month nears.

Bloating, fatigue, mood swings, cramps…not our idea of fun! 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.

Acupuncture is wonderful at not only relieving PMS symptoms but also at correcting their root cause—balancing hormones!

In 2017, the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology performed tests to examine the effects of manual acupuncture on the symptoms of period cramps.

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, 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 the United States National Institutes of Health, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the World Health Organization.

As more research surfaces, we see that the ancient, long valued tradition of acupuncture has combined with the medicine of the 21st century to elicit bodily responses nobody ever fathomed! So, make an appointment today, and take a step into the realm of possibility where a tiny little needle could take away the pain of those bothersome period cramps.

Also published on Medium.