Did you know acupuncture can be very helpful for regulating the menstrual cycle?
Acupuncture can help balance hormones, regulate/improve circulation to internal organs (including, of course, the reproductive organs) and helps manage stress, which can play a role in the menstrual cycle.
This means that acupuncture can help with:
- Irregular periods (not on a typical 28-day cycle)
- Very heavy periods
- Painful periods
And today I want to talk about that last bullet point, painful periods.
I had a friend in school who used to be in such pain during the first day of her period that she would A) take the day off from classes, and B) simply lay on the floor of her bathroom with a hot pack on her abdomen. For hours. The whole day. Ibuprofen and Midol did not help.
Sound familiar? In the 8+ years that I’ve been practicing acupuncture, I’ve spoken to many women who suffer with their periods, and if they don’t, they know at least one person who suffers through their period like this. Every month!
Whether the pain is so intense it keeps you home from work, or your period is simply uncomfortable – it doesn’t have to be this way.
When I think about these women who suffer each month, here’s what I want them to know:
1. That acupuncture is a safe, effective way to reduce period cramps and other associated symptoms.
- There are many research articles that discuss the use of acupuncture for painful period (called primary dysmenorrhea). Here are just a couple to share.
In a 2018 randomized controlled trial (RCT), acupuncture was found help reduce the following menstrual symptoms:
- Menstrual cramps
- Mood changes
And in a much larger study in 2016, they found that acupuncture was significantly better at reducing period pain and associated symptoms than taking NSAIDs, calling it “an effective and safe treatment.”
If you or a friend struggle with a painful period or other menstrual symptoms, know that you don’t have to suffer through this every month. I hope you’ll give acupuncture a try! We should all live pain-free.