Acupuncture for endometriosis pain
I have written quite a bit about the use of acupuncture for endometriosis and severe menstrual pain relief. Have a look here to read more on the subject. If you’d like to know more about how I use acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat menstrual pain, just follow this link. In the mean time, below is an extract on current research backing up what I see clinically – that is, that acupuncture can provide great pain relief from endometriosis.
“Austrian researchers have examined whether acupuncture is an effective additional pain treatment for endometriosis. In a cross-over design, 101 women were randomised into two groups, each receiving two units of 10 acupuncture treatments twice a week over a period of five weeks. Group 1 received verum-acupuncture during the first treatment unit, while Group 2 received non-specific acupuncture. After the first unit of 10 treatments, an observation period of at least two menstruation cycles was set. In the second 10-week treatment unit, Group 1 received non-specific acupuncture, while Group 2 received verum acupuncture. The investigators found that Group 1 showed a significant reduction in pain intensity after the first 10 treatments, while Group 2 showed significant pain relief only after the cross-over. (Is acupuncture in addition to conventional medicine effective as pain treatment for endometriosis? A randomised controlled cross-over trial. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2010 Nov;153(1):90-3).”
( http://www.jcm.co.uk/research-archive/article/acupuncture-effective-for-endometriosis-pain-1487/ viewed September 2012 )